The Mustang is one of the newest muscle cars out there, and while it may not be the fastest, it offers one of the most complete experiences on the market. The 2017 Ford Mustang is based on a new platform which was released nearly two years ago when the new generation of this highly popular model was delivered. After big and recent upgrade we are sure that there will be no large changes, at least not those that will change things from the ground up.
While the car is very successful, the new emissions regulations that were imposed in the US gave Ford a few issues that they need to take care of. As a result, it seems that shortly, probably with the 2017 Ford Mustang, they will have to abandon most of their V8 engines in order to comply with these new standards.
This means that for the first time in the car’s history, there will be no Mustang GT with a V8 engine which will certainly make things a bit more interesting in its class. There is a possibility for something similar to happen with Chevrolet and Dodge cars, but these could be out for a few more years due to the fact their engines are somewhat more efficient. One of the ways for Ford to preserve their V8 in the lineup is to bring a HellCat competitor which would require turbocharged or supercharged V8.
2017 Ford Mustang Price
The upcoming 2017 Ford Mustang should be unveiled in the next few months before 2017 comes. This is pretty much standard for carryover models that come with few upgrades, something we expect for a new muscle car. Pricing wise, not much will change despite the fact the cars will now get an entirely new lineup of engines. Starting price will go slightly up to $24,645 for a coupe version and $30,145 for the convertible model. The bigger problem here will be that Dodge’s new Challenger will be released and from the looks of it, that car could get a turbocharged V8, which will certainly spell trouble for Ford.
Just as we mentioned, under the hood of the 2017 Ford Mustang we are going to see a lot smaller engines than before and the only V8 that will continue to be offered will be installed in the GT350 and 350R cars. This means that the GT, as well as the upcoming GT500, are both going to receive entirely new powertrains. There is still a possibility for those versions to come with V8 unit but it only time when we will see massive upgrades.
The base model of the Mustang will stick with its current 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four which could get a bump to around 340 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque while the older naturally aspirated V6 could be discontinued altogether. The 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 will very likely be replaced by the all new “Nano” 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, which will offer up to 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. Top of the range Shelby GT500 could get the newly named “EcoBeast” 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, which could offer as much as 600 horsepower and well over 600 lb-ft of torque, all while using less fuel than the previous supercharged V8. This engine was introduced in Ford GT supercar, and we saw its potential. Regarding transmission choices, the Mustang will likely stick with its current offerings.
Let’s take a look at the design, the car’s exterior will not change all that much. However, the base models of the 2017 Ford Mustang will now receive the new front-end which can be currently seen on the GT350, which uses a lower grille and headlights as well as a more aerodynamic hood. Also, the car will likely receive a new trim level with the Mach 1 which should include unique bumpers and side skirts, new wheels as well as some design cues that were found on the 1970s models.
Inside the cabin, the Mustang will likely get a few upgrades with the introduction of new technology improvements, and that should be it. The infotainment system of the car could be improved to Ford’s Sync 3 unit on all models, including on the base versions of the car, while the GT500 should get a new instrument cluster, a head-up display as well as carbon fiber or aluminum inserts. Furthermore, the seats and upholstery on the top end GT500 are going to be similar to those found on the GT350R.
Even the currently available Mustang is still fresh and the interesting vehicle we think that it will benefit from few upgrades. It is still not clear when the huge shift in engine department will come, but clearly this is one of the possibilities with the 2017 Ford Mustang. To stay one of the best options on competitive muscle car segment, Ford will need to add more features to its representative almost every year. On top of that, those special versions are quite interesting and can attract an additional number of buyers.