Ford India could launch the Mustang muscle car here as early as Diwali 2015. This information is said to have been conveyed to Ford dealers from Mark Fields, the automaker’s global CEO, on the sidelines of the Sanand factory inauguration. The Mustang is a halo car in Ford’s global portfolio and serves as a flagship vehicle that highlights the automaker’s high performance car building ability.
A legend that has been around since 1964, the Mustang’s latest iteration is the first of its ilk to be available with a right hand drive layout, a feature that now makes it India-ready. Earlier this year, Ford’s factory at Dearborn, Michigan, also began exporting the iconic muscle car’s right hand drive iteration to Asian markets. In its sixth generation, the Mustang is sold with multiple engine options internationally.
While the 5 liter V8 motor is the flagship engine in the muscle car’s range, Ford is said to be considering a less powerful motor for the Indian motor – the 2.3 liter, four cylinder EcoBoost mill. With 305 Bhp and 406 Nm on tap, the EcoBoost motor delivers good pep and fuel efficiency too, and is also priced lower. 6 speed manual and automatic transmissions are offered on the rear wheel driven car.
If the Mustang indeed arrives into India later this year, the CBU route is what the muscle car will take. High import duties mean that the car is likely to be priced over 70 lakh rupees, serving as the costliest Ford car to be ever sold here. As of now, an official announcement regarding the Ford Mustang’s India entry hasn’t arrived. Until we hear it from the horse’s mouth, the Mustang’s entry into the country must remain confined to the rumour mill.