On Wednesday morning, Ford took the stage at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its most iconic vehicle and to deliver a refresh on one of the world’s most popular modern cars.
The Michigan automaker revealed the 2015 Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition, based on the newest generation of Ford’s popular ponycar, specifically the GT fastback model. This new model features unique anniversary badging, including the original “corralled mustang” grille ornament, louvered rear quarter windows and splashes of chrome that are reminiscent of the muscle car heyday of the mid-20th century that first birthed the Mustang. The limited edition model also comes standard with a cashmere-stitched leather steering wheel. These cashmere accents also appear on the instrument panel, shifter, armrests, door inserts and seats.
The Mustang will be powered by a 5.0 liter V8 engine that delivers over 420 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque and will also be equipped with the Mustang GT performance pack that boasts Brembo brakes and Pirelli tires. It will be available to consumers with their choice of an automatic or manual transmission. Meant to evoke memories of the car’s heritage, the Mustang will only be available in two colors: Kona Blue and Wimbledon White.. Production will begin later this year and will be limited to a run of 1,964 models to reflect the initial debut of the original Mustang.
Alongside this major reveal, Ford also took the time to debut a thoroughly refreshed and redesigned Focus sedan. The popular small car was the best-selling vehicle on Earth in 2013, according to Polk new vehicle registration data provided by IHS Automotive.
The redesigned sedan follows the debut of the redesigned hatchback and wagon that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The new sedan features a completely redesigned exterior meant to reflect the new design language seen on the latest Fusion and Mustang models. This includes a restyled grille and hood, new LED headlights and taillights, redesigned headlamp clusters and a restyled trunk lid.
The interior has been revamped to convey a more upscale feel. New driver assist technologies now appear standard, including a rear-view camera. Blind-spot sensors and a new lane-keeping system that warns drivers if they begin to drift are also available.
The car will also come with a six-speed manual option, mated to a 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine. This combination should allow for a mixture of sportiness and economy that Ford believes will allow the Focus to remain a competitive and popular option.
Both cars are set to begin production later this year and should be available in dealerships in 2015.
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