More than 58 years after the debut of the Ford Mustang in April 1964, the seventh generation of the iconic American performance car has arrived. Motor1.com has a story chronicling its debut, The Dark Horse, and a 1980s-inspired instrument display mode. But, what about the new style?
The best way to understand the evolution of the design of the seventh generation Mustang is to compare it to previous versions. Its appearance follows the same general shape as today’s vehicles, but the designers made changes. Some creases are gone to create a cleaner shape.
In all the examples below, the new Mustang is on the left, and the previous model is on the right.
The seventh-generation Mustang received a more subtle nose makeover than the previous model. The crease and the two extractors on the hood are gone. The new GT has a trapezoidal outlet in the middle. This unlock does not exist in the EcoBoost version.
The headlights of the sixth-generation Mustang have circular lights on each outer edge, which evoke the look of the original 1960s pony car. In contrast, the new model has three small LED lights on each side. In addition, the turn signal is no longer a separate part of other lighting. This change creates a less retro-inspired face and makes the vehicle look more modern.
The front three-quarters perspective is the best angle for many vehicles as it provides an opportunity to see how the front-end styling is incorporated into the fenders, roofline and rear deck. These photos also show some of the biggest changes in the styling of the new Mustang.
As before, the nose of the car flows into the muscular fenders. However, the designers removed the creases along the shoulder line and softened the creases on the sides. Sharp lines pinch the rear fender flare and make it stand out visually from the body.
Ford’s most subtle designer tweaks are at the rear. The designers stayed with the familiar three-spoke look for the taillights, but the rear deck in between the two is now body-coloured rather than black. Depending on how you define your Mustang, the available small wings can be mounted on the rear.
The profile is one of the best angles to see how clean the new Mustang looks. There is a crease that runs along the shoulder line and another over the rear fender. Also, the overhang on the back looks shorter. Comparatively, the previous car had a more complex design.
Open roof car
The new generation Mustang Convertible is also making its debut. As you’d expect, the design takes the coupe and removes the roof. Missing the top accentuates the sharp shape of the rear fender.
The cabin of the seventh generation Mustang is a complete departure from the sixth generation. The steering wheel loses its retro cues from the pair of metal spokes on the underside of the old car. There is a digital instrument panel with multiple display modes. It shares a bezel with the infotainment screen. This change forces the HVAC vent to be lower, and is now rectangular instead of circular.
For a deeper look into the Ford Mustang 2024, check out our First Look video below: