Ford has invited press to an event in Barcelona, Spain on December 5th. The reason? Why, to launch the new brand-spanking new Mustang in Europe, of course.
The event will be hosted by Ford executive vice president Stephen Odell and other bigwigs, including Henry Ford’s grandson and executive chairman, William “Bill” Ford, according to the official invite.
Although the Ford Mustang is in its sixth generation, it will become the first ever to be officially sold in the UK.
As things stand we know very little about the new Mustang other than it celebrates 50 years of production and that, given its UK release, there’s every chance it’ll come in right-hand drive. We can also safely assume it will have a gigantic V8 engine that drinks fuel rather enthusiastically.
The new car will reportedly be built on Ford’s new platform and that it will ditch the retro look in favour of something more modern. Ford is hoping a change in aesthetics will attract a new, younger audience. One potential influence is cited as the Ford Evos concept that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
“The only thing ‘retro’ about it are the proportions — long hood, short deck,” a Ford insider said, according to an article by Inside Line.
A US launch is expected sometime in 2014, with a UK and European launches following later in the year.
The Ford Mustang was immortalised as a classic American muscle car after its appearance in the Steve McQueen film Bullitt, in which a 390 GT Fastback 2+2 model goes up against a Dodge Charger on the insanely hilly streets of San Francisco, America.
It has since featured in the Fast & Furious films and has become the most ‘liked’ vehicle on Facebook, with more than 5.5 million fans.