The sixth-generation Ford Mustang isn't simply another update of everyone's favourite pony car, it marks a huge shift for the model as the first global 'Stang, under the ‘One Ford' programme.
As such the classic iconography such as the long hood/short rear deck proportions, triple bar rear lamps and ‘shark-bite' DRG will be officially available across every continent.
In order to meet its demanding new role, Ford has worked hard to increase the level of design sophistication, with a lower, wider stance and the incorporation of some design language from the rest of the range – there are definite tones of Fusion/Mondeo through the nose, bringing it closer to the family look than any other time in its history.
As part of the rethink some classic features such as the fake scoop graphics on the flanks have been dropped, but those triple-strip LED rear lamps – now echoed in the front – sat within a black rear graphic could only belong to one car however. A body-color diffuser and twin tailpipes complete the changes at the tail.
The interior is said to offer an improvement in material quality and spaciousness, with designers drawing inspiration from aircraft cockpits, and this is obvious when looking at the shapes of the controls on the center stack as well as the instrument cluster.
The car will launch on 17 April next year, marking 50 years since the original Mustang hit the US. Each new model's IP will feature a badge with the galloping pony logo and the words ‘Mustang – Since 1964'.
Look out for our in-depth First Sight feature tomrrow.
Suzuki has unveiled its new A:Wind concept at the 2013 Thailand International Motor Expo.
The five-door hatchback concept, which most likely previews the next-generation Alto, measures in at 3,600mm long, 1,600mm wide and 1,540mm tall on a wheelbase of 2,425mm. It features a grille with integrated headlamps along with character lines running the length of the car.
Suzuki's interior design team has decked it out in a dual color scheme to match the exterior – Energy Yellow or Panoramic Blue – while the design of the center console – complete with touchscreen – has been lifted from the current Swift.
The carmaker has confirmed it is already developing a production model based on the concept, scheduled for launch in 2014.
Volkswagen's Design Vision GTI concept has been revealed at the Los Angeles auto show.
The futuristic-looking concept measures 4,253mm long – 15mm shorter than the production GTI – and is much broader, measuring 1,870mm rather than 1,799mm. The new Golf GTI's height of 1,422mm has been reduced for the concept to 1,385mm.
The grille, bottom air intake and vents are integrated into the headlamps and are framed by the front fenders and hood, while the grille and air intakes look like the production model. A vertical air outlet sits behind the front wheel. The C-pillar has been drawn outwards, while the car's main section narrows towards the rear. The rear lamps sit between the C-pillar and rear deck, just as on the production.
Inside is very minimalist, with the design team using as few switches as possible. The center console and dashboard are configured in standard GTI fashion – very driver-oriented – and carbon fiber, black and red Alcantara and Napa feature throughout, while the door handles are made from a loop of red cloth as in Porsche Cup models.
Connectivity has also been explored – the large display to the right of the main instruments shows the current circuit and presents lap times and other information. The display can interact with other vehicles on the course and then analyze the different positions. The cameras – integrated into the A-pillar – that point either to the track or the interior can be viewed remotely.
Subaru's WRX has made its world premiere at the Los Angeles auto show.
Subaru's flagship performance model – measuring in at 4,595mm long, 1,795mm wide and 1,475mm high, sitting on a wheelbase of 2,650mm – features the signature hexagonal grille and ‘hawkeye' headlamps.
The A-pillar's base has been lengthened 200mm toward the front compared with its predecessor, while at the rear specially designed thin rear combination lamps highlight the WRX's width. This works with the side mirrors to create a new quarter window and keeps the dashboard and door windowsills lower. Front and rear door opening dimensions have been enlarged, improving access, while the size of the trunk has been increased.
The interior is dominated by black, but also features red stitching and red on the dials – a nod the WRX's racing history. There's also a D-shaped sports steering wheel. The controls are surrounded by carbon trim panels and metal trim accents, while the instruments feature 3.5-inch full color liquid crystal displays and aluminum rings.
Chevrolet has unveiled its Colorado midsize pickup at the Los Angeles auto show.
The Colorado, designed specifically for the North American market, comes in three trim options – WT, LT and Z71 – with the off-road style Z71 featuring a gunmetal grille surround as opposed to the chrome standard as well as projector headlamps and 17-inch aluminum wheels. It also features active aero grille shutters to improve aerodynamics.
Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Design, says, "The new Colorado's design brings a youthful breath of fresh air to the midsize truck segment and puts a progressive spin on Chevrolet's true-truck styling.
The upright IP features large instruments and a Silverado-esque central driver information center, while the center console has a floor-mounted shifter similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.
A sculpted headliner increases headroom, while the Z71 model features color and trim details including embossed seatbacks and contrast stitching. There's also an 8-inch touch screen, multiple USB drives and a 3.4-inch diagonal driver information screen in the instrument cluster.
"We took the best attributes of full-size trucks and midsize cars to develop a passenger space that delivers a balance of unmatched functionality and comfort," said Parkinson. "It's designed to be as useful as possible, with storage compartments and clever features throughout, for owners who will use the Colorado as their daily driver and for weekend getaways."
Subaru has unveiled its Levorg Concept at the Tokyo motor show.
The concept, which previews a production Levorg due to launch in spring 2014, is designed for Japanese roads and traffic conditions size-wise. Measuring in at 4,690mm long, 1,780mm wide and 1,485mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,650mm, the Levorg is positioned between the Impreza and the Legacy in the carmaker's lineup.
It features Subaru's signature hexagonal grille alongside ‘hawk eye' headlamps as well as a high waistline and sculpted wheelarches. In an effort to keep the concept car's silhouette as smooth as possible, the car's roof has been kept low.
The interior sees black finishes and metallic-toned accents alongside features such as 3.5-inch full-color liquid crystal displays and satin-plated rings with ice blue lighting. The D-shaped steering wheel is designed to convey sportiness.
It's also programmed to interact with the driver. When they get in the car, the instruments ‘put on a little opening act' – presumably flashing in a rhythmic and musical way – while ‘welcoming' sounds are played.