2024 Ford Mustang revealed: Sleek style, new engines

The last all-gasoline powered version of the Ford Mustang roared to life on the Detroit riverfront Wednesday, boasting the most powerful iteration yet of the legendary Coyote 5.0L V8 engine and new styling and features developed to keep the original pony car relevant to generations that report to drifting and gaming more than burnouts and quarter-mile times.

Due to go on sale next summer, the 2024 Mustang will also offer a new 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and configurable features ranging from an instrument panel that can be configured to duplicate the sainted Fox-body Mustang to a remote start that allows the owner to rev the engine from a distance.

The reveal at the Detroit auto show was the final act in a celebration of the pony car that included 1,000 Mustangs and 1,600 owners from across the country who rolled into Detroit’s Hart Plaza on Wednesday lining Jefferson Avenue in what Ford called a stampede.

The 2024 Ford Mustang debuts during the 2022 North American International Auto Show held at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit on Wed., September 14, 2022.

“We have kept the spirit of Mustang, including the V8 soundtrack and manual transmission,” Alicia Agius, Ford manager of strategy and transformation for enthusiast products, said Wednesday at the unveiling of the new Mustang at Hart Plaza on the riverfront. “We’ve also got some really cool new performance features.”

The new styling of the 2024 Mustang retains unmistakable Mustang cues, but adds features like tri-bar projector headlights and a rear lip that changes the car’s visual proportions, making it look longer and sleeker than the current model.

A side view of the 2024 Ford Mustang GT.  Design changes make the popular pony car look longer and sleeker.

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The body and interior are all new, as is an electrical architecture that enables new features including over-the-air updates and adaptive cruise control that will bring the 2024 Mustang to a full stop in traffic. Ford’s Blue Cruise hands-free highway driving system is not on the table, however.

The coupe and convertible will both be available from the beginning of sales.

New lights, lower beltline

Key visual changes include a horizontal line above the grille that, with the three-lens DRL and headlights, emphasizes the appearance of width. The rear lip, which extends outward over tri-bar taillights, plays another optical trick, creating a striking body-width shadow.

A view of one of the headlights on the 2024 Ford Mustang GT, shown at a studio in Farmington Hills on Sept.  8, 2022.

The beltline — between sheet metal and glass along the sides — is five-eighths of an inch lower, giving the car a less wedgy appearance.

The rear fenders are very pronounced, with sharp creases, while the front fenders and doors are relatively smooth.

Details on dimensions, power and the like will be available closer to sale, but this seventh-generation Mustang, code-named S650, uses the same platform as its predecessor. The wheelbase is unchanged and other dimensions will be very similar to today’s Mustang, making the 2024’s longer, lower appearance even more striking.

Taillight of a 2024 Ford Mustang GT, shown Sept.  8, 2022, at a studio in Farmington Hills.

Aerodynamic features include full-length underbody panels and a standard rear spoiler on the GT. Ford says the new body has a lower coefficient of drag and generates more downforce than the current model. Final figures for both should be available soon.

Modern, sporty interior

Like the body, the interior is entirely new. The most obvious changes include a pair of large screens in the cockpit: a 12.4-inch configurable instrument cluster and 13.2-inch touch screen in the center stack. In the GT, they will be connected by a glass panel. The impression of a wide, continuous screen is amplified by a ring of lights.

The front interior dash with a large display on the 2024 Ford Mustang GT is shown at a studio in Farmington Hills on Sept.  8, 2022. This GT model with Performance Pack and the Night Pony Package goes on sale in the spring of 2023. The model color is Vapor Blue with a Space Gray interior.

The flat-bottomed steering wheel is standard. It will have a number of satellite controls, including the ability to select among five drive modes.

The drifting-style hand-pull emergency brake’s design was overseen by race driver Vaughn Gittin. While it looks like an old-fashioned mechanical actuator, the brake is electronic, applying full power as soon as its pulled to provide extra control in turns and while drifting. There are two drifting modes, available only in track mode.

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