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Ford Head of Product Development Addresses Four-Cylinder Ford Mustang and Independent Rear Suspension Rumors

At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Ford's head of product development Derrick Kuzak addressed some of the rumors circulating about their famed Mustang sports car. Though many of Kuzak's answers are vague and don't give a real conclusion, some reading in between the lines gives us a hint of things to come.

In terms of independent rear suspension being a possibility for the next-generation Mustang, Kuzak stated that it was a tad early to even speak about it but that recognizing Ford's commitment to product excellence, "it will probably give you a sense of direction we [Ford] have." But things got interesting when asked about a four-cylinder Mustang, Kuzak answered with:

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-12-2012
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So... it's a post about an executive being vague with regards to speculation...

This is news... how?

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In other news....Ford might be in the works for a flying hovercraft. But the sources have been very hush-hush bout it.

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With the success of the F150 EcoBoost engine setup, they would be fools not to go with something similar for the Mustang. Being that Ford is the only one of the "Big Three" not to NEED a bailout in recent history ... I think you can count on it.

Spend your money once and get what you need. Do not cut corners and try to save a buck. It will cost you MORE to fix the problems caused.

Don't just hack into your Mustang to cut out weight to make it faster (some of those components are important to the overall function and safety of your Mustang).

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I think the problem would be making all three models different to the extent that they don't "eclipse" one another. It's like "hmm the ecoboost is about as powerful as the V6 but cheaper and better fuel economy" That would likely make it so the V6 one doesnt sell even though the V6 would have more torque and probably worth the buy compared to the Eco. I guess proper marketing will dictate how these sell.
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Look, Ford has to keep up with the times, and now that they want the Mustang to be a global market, that means European times not just ours. Over there where gas is currently selling for just under $8.00/Gal, V8 are not very popular, in fact V6's are not very popular and considered the optional engine choice. So with all that, how could Ford have the Mustang's standard engine be a V-8 or even a V-6 in those countries? I would not be surprised if the Mustang does not come with a standard 4 cyl in-line engine/turbo, with a twin turbo v-6 and V-8 optional. This would also greatly affect those that want a V-8. Since the standard equipment would be a 140-160HP engine (say under 200hp) the standard running gear would not be like it is now. You would have a 7.5" rear end, small 6-speedtrany and other suspension related items, so when you go for the V-8, you will also have to pay for the HD running gear associated with that kind of power. Bottom line is it will cost the average Joe, much more for a V-8 powered Mustang, regardless what they list the base price at.
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Come on give us something firm to work on for our replacements or not./
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The new Mustang will be independent rear suspension, which it should and the plan to offer a turbo 4 is a good idea as well. They have to bring the car into the future if it is to survive.
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the name wont die. the ranger still exists in australia, and it has a diesel option.

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A 4 cylinder has no place in a muscle car...
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Originally Posted by DRJ Boss 289 View Post
A 4 cylinder has no place in a muscle car...
Mustangs aren't muscle cars.

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I'm all for the IRS and four cylinder. Retro styling and sticking to the past can be fun but we need to keep with the times. I mean isn't that already what the Mustang has been about? Think of all the different vehicles that have been given the mustang name: Boss 429, the 5.0 of the 80s, Mustang II, the late 68s fastbacks, etc. As long as the Mustang is a semi-sporty two door pony car, I don't view it as killing the brand. Plus, if you want a Mustang with a log axle and no optional 4 cylinder, buy an old one... They're more fun anyway.

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