After years of rumors and grainy spy photos, Ford has finally pulled the cover off the 2024 Mustang. refreshed, updated technology and a sleek new look. Ford took inspiration from fighter jets for the car’s interior and implemented motorsport-oriented features using feedback from its professional drivers.
Ford will continue to offer the Mustang in EcoBoost (turbocharged 4-cylinder) and GT (aspirated V8) variants. The classic coupe returns with a new face and the convertible has a cleaner look. Mustang fans won’t be shocked by a drastic transformation or wild features, but the car looks like a significant evolution from previous models.
- The all-new seventh-generation Ford Mustang
- New 4 and 8 cylinder engines are available
- Mustang Design Series appearance package available for the first time
- Start of sales in summer 2023
Ford notes several upgrades and changes to the exterior of the Mustang, but the new car is instantly recognizable as The Blue Oval’s pony car. The front is now cleaner, with a sharp horizontal line defining the grille and headlights. The Mustang GT features more aggressive styling than the EcoBoost version, but both are more modern and stylish than before.
Chiseled sides and muscular fenders reinforce the profile, and the roofline sweeps almost like classic Mustang fastback models. Ford offers 11 colors for the car, and 17-inch wheels are standard. The GT comes with 19-inch wheels that buyers can upgrade to 20-inch alloys. A new Mustang Design Series Appearance Pack is available for both Mustang variants, which brings bronze alloy wheels and badging.
Ford rebuilt the Mustang’s interior with a more driver-centric design and fighter jet touches. Cloth upholstery is standard and Ford offers microsuede/vinyl inserts. Synthetic leather and genuine leather are available, depending on trim level. Top trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and offers a choice of contrast stitching. Upgraded seats, including Recaro sports buckets, are available.
The 2024 Mustang retains its 4- and 8-cylinder engine choices, but Ford says both are all-new for the car. The Mustang GT gets a 5.0-liter Coyote V8 that Ford says produces the most naturally aspirated power of any GT to date. It uses a new dual air intake box and dual throttle body design which the automaker says reduces induction loss with higher airflows. The EcoBoost’s 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is also new.
Ford continues to offer a manual transmission for the Mustang in 2024, and a 10-speed automatic is available. The Mustang GT offers standard rev matching for finer downshifts and control when equipped with a manual.
Five available drive modes modify the behavior of the transmission, throttle and steering. They include Normal, Sport, Slippery, Drag and Track. An available Performance Pack adds a front tower brace, Torsen limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, wider rear wheels and better engine cooling. MagneRide suspension, Recaro seats and an active exhaust are available with the package.
Ford has fitted the new Mustang with a mechanical handbrake, which for some people means the car can drift. To help put the car on its side, Ford is including a unique parking brake with the Performance Pack which the automaker says allows for easier turning of the vehicle.
Ford gives the 2024 Mustang a surprisingly comprehensive list of standard driver aids and assistance systems. Every Mustang comes with Ford Co-Pilot360, and cars equipped with the Performance Pack add a new pothole mitigation system. The FordPass app and features are standard, enabling vehicle status checks and other features.
A 12.4-inch digital gauge cluster comes standard and offers neat futuristic features, including 3D animations created using a tool popular with video game developers. Ford says the gauges and lighting now have a similar copper look to the Mustang Mach-E. An available 13.2-inch touchscreen brings a single glass panel integrated with the gauge cluster.
The system runs on Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment software, which offers over-the-air updates, wireless smartphone connectivity and more.
The volume and frequency of electrification rumors surrounding the new Mustang is a good indication of where the industry is headed. General Motors will discontinue the Mustang’s most direct competitor, the Chevrolet Camaro, in 2024. The automaker has so far avoided announcing a successor. Other rumors indicate that the car will go electric for its next generation, but nothing is confirmed.
Then there’s Dodge. The national performance car brand announced it would be discontinuing the Challenger and Charger after the 2023 model year. Earlier this year, it also showed off an electric Challenger concept that looked suspiciously close to production-ready. That said, there’s no official word on when or if it will enter production.
Ford is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of September 14, 2022, but may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the car manufacturer’s website or your local dealership.