The new 2015 Ford Mustang has already caused quite a stir in the automotive world, what with its fancy new looks that have little trace of the old models, and the independent rear suspension that replaces the solid axle of the yesteryear. But there is more to the new ‘Stang, and it will all be revealed at the 2014 CES show in Las Vegas next month.
Now, due to the nature of the CES fair, the technologies to be showcased by the Mustang there will concerns its updated infotainment system and Ford SYNC features. The old Mustang took great pride in the fact that it offers many different colors for the background light of the instrument binnacle. The new model is a little more sophisticated than that.
And it’s not just about the infotainment, either. The 2015 Ford Mustang offers Selectable Drive Modes, which allow the driver to adjust steering effort, throttle response, shift control and stability control settings by toggling between normal, snow-wet, sport and track modes. The steering system itself has standard, comfort and sport settings. Granted, these options usually make things worse than the default setting, but the fact that this old pony has finally caught up with the modern world is a cause for celebration. Or grief, if you are a good ol’ boy who prefers old-school mechanical engineering to all this nancy boy electronic stuff.
Standard and available technology features of the 2015 Ford Mustang include:
- Ford SYNC® connectivity system, with Bluetooth®, two USB ports, enhanced voice recognition for hands-free control and access to SYNC Services, 911 Assist® and more
- MyFord Touch®: Adds an eight-inch high-resolution touch screen display, more natural voice recognition with improved accuracy, and simplified controls for the available SD card-based navigation
- AppLink™: Gives drivers the ability to control more than 60 smartphone apps for information and entertainment using simple voice commands
- Intelligent Access with push-button start: Doors and trunk can be unlocked without reaching for a key, and the engine is started with a push-button on the center stack. Up to three key fobs can be programmed to memory positions for mirrors and available power seats
- Track Apps: Drivers can get instant access to acceleration, braking and handling performance data through the instrument cluster screen
- Launch control: Manages engine speed and brakes, giving drivers maximum and consistent acceleration at the track
- Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support: Automatically adjusts vehicle speed to maintain a safe following distance. When a collision may be imminent, it precharges the brakes and increases the sensitivity of brake assist
- Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert: Provides the driver with alerts when changing lanes or exiting a parking space, and has been upgraded with doppler effect radar sensors to provide both improved sensitivity at longer distances and better resistance to false alerts
- Individual tire pressure monitoring: Instrument cluster display now shows the tire pressure for each wheel – a first for Ford
- MyKey®: Enables parents to limit top speed and audio volume, prevent disabling of driver-assist technologies, and enforce more insistent alerts for safety belt use and low fuel for younger drivers in the family
- Rear view camera: Now standard