Ford’s next-generation Mustang will trade some of its retro styling cues for the company’s new Kinetic 2.0 design language. But it won’t completely abandon its roots either, as Ford’s executive director of global product programs told us the next Blue Oval pony car will retain enough heritage to be instantly identifiable as a Mustang. “We really believe it’s a family look,” Hau Thai-Tang told Automobile Magazine in an interview, speaking about the brand’s new styling them. “It’s going to move the [Mustang] forward.”
Kinetic 2.0 is an evolution of the styling language currently seen on the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and the upcoming Ford Escape. It was first previewed by the Evos concept at the Frankfurt auto show in September 2011 and was seen in production form for the first time today at the 2012 Detroit auto show with the debut of the 2013 Ford Fusion.
Kinetic 2.0 blends the hexagonal grille shape from recent cars like the Focus with thin, horizontal inserts and relies heavily on the narrow, angular headlamps to create a sense of aggression and athleticism. Ford has also smoothed the curve and rake of the rear windshield for a sportier profile. Exactly what a Kinetic 2.0 Mustang would look like is left to the imagination at this point, but we expect a transformation similar to what’s taken place with the current Fusion mid-size sedan and the 2013 model. Where simple, bold and chunky shapes once ruled, Ford now prioritizes sleek and flowing surface development. For the Mustang, Kinetic 2.0 almost certainly means softer edges and more dynamic shapes.
Thai-Tang also stressed that Kinetic 2.0 styling doesn’t necessarily require compromising on the Mustang’s iconic looks. “We don’t think the two are mutually exclusive,” he said. Acknowledging that the current car is one of the most recognizable designs on the road, Thai-Tang added, “That’s something we don’t want to lose.” While still unconfirmed, the next-generation Mustang is expected to arrive in 2014 as a 2015 model.
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