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Oct 29

Ford Survey Accidently Leaks 2015 Mustang Engines & Options

 

There’s a new Ford survey going out to select Mustang owners, and it appears to be asking questions about what they would want to see the 2015 Mustang come equipped with. What’s interesting is they may have just inadvertently revealed the 2015 Mustang’s engine and transmission options! And guess what? The 4 Cylinder EcoBoost engine is indeed on the list.

How this leak happened

The survey company Morpace was commissioned by Ford to test the waters before introducing the 2015 Mustang and luckily for us, one community member who recently purchased a 2013 Mustang was asked to take part, taking screenshots of the survey in its entirety. Morspace, who has previously received a World Excellence Award by Ford for excellence in servicing the motor company, is a market research and consulting company that was likely probing current Mustang owners to see what the reaction to the 6th generation Mustang’s drivetrain lineup.2015 Mustang Motor Leak Survey

Why do the horsepower and displacement numbers seem a bit off?

It’s fair to say the power and displacement numbers from this survey do not exactly line up with what was previously reported for the 2015 Mustang. While the power levels and displacement figures do not add up to the current EcoBoost or Coyote numbers, one can infer that these numbers were slightly skewed to throw the average Joe off the 2015 Mustang’s proverbial scent. If every Mustang owner who was mailed this survey could make that connection, it would have leaked much sooner and by a larger pool of people. Luckily for us, a member of the 2015 S550 forums Mustang6G (who have been avidly hunting down details on the 2015 Mustang for some time now) posted his survey up for the community.

What engine options should we expect to power the 2015 Mustang?

The survey lists 3 engines:

- 3.8L V6 engine @ 300 horsepower/290 ft-lb torque: 19 city/29 highway MPG (Base model)

- 2.4L I4 GTDI EcoBoost engine @ 310 horsepower/310 ft-lb of torque: 22 city/32 highway MPG ($560 over base model Mustang)

- 4.9L V8 {Coyote} engine @ 430 horsepower/396ft-lb of torque: 18 city/28 highway MPG ($1,890 over base model Mustang)

Let’s break these motors down one at a time:

The “3.8″ V6 base model motor: It’s fairly certain that this is referring to the current 3.7L engine found under the hood of the current Mustang; whether the displacement is going to be increased .1 or not is fairly irrelevant as the engine will remain largely unchanged, regardless. As for the power decrease (-5 HP off the current motor) this is either another attempt to throw you off the S550 trail, or a detune to further separate the V6 offering from the EcoBoost 4 cylinder that has similar power levels.

2.4L EcoBoost Engine: This one could go either way. An earlier rumor this year had this motor at 2.5L & 300HP, but the current EcoBoost found in the focus ST is only a 2.0L. It’s possible they increased displacement to account for additional horsepower, but it’s also possible they turned the dial up on the 2.0L and threw it in the 6th generation Mustang.

4.9L Coyote: This will be your current 5.0L, same as its been. Yes, Ford probably will bump the horsepower up (and we hope more than the measly 10HP the survey presented), but don’t expect anything ground breaking here.

2015 Mustang Transmission Options

The four options listed in this survey are rather interesting. There’s the standard 6 speed manual and automatic trans, as well as an intriguing 7 speed manual and 10 speed automatic options. the 10 speed automatic is likely referring to either the 9 or 10 speed transmission GM and Ford have been collaborating on. Fuel economy and emissions should be greatly improved with the 10 speed  auto, but we might have to wait a couple years before it becomes an option for the Mustang.

In addition to having pinpointed the engine options, we’ve seen the 2015 Mustang’s front end and have a good idea on what to expect from the interior. Now, the last real piece of the puzzle is the rear end. Artist Chazcron’s 3D renderings based on “leaked” CAD files likely from within Ford gave a pretty good idea of what to expect, but there’s nothing like seeing the real thing.

Do you spot any interesting changes coming to the 2015 Mustang? Let your opinions be heard in the comments section below.
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