Ford Motor Company and its local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion officially launched the iconic Mustang in Malaysia – one of a select number of markets in Asia to receive the new, all-American muscle car.
For the first time in more than 50 years, Malaysian fans can now own a piece of Mustang history for themselves, with a choice of two exhilarating engines: a 5.0-litre V8 producing 416PS of power and 530Nm of torque, and a state-of-the-art, turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost producing 317PS of power and 432Nm of torque. Both pony cars deliver heart-pounding performance, and feature an array of safe and smart technologies.
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang is priced from RM488,888, while the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang is priced from RM598,888, on the road without insurance. Both variants are available in five striking colours, including Race Red, Oxford White, Shadow Black, Deep Impact Blue, and Magnetic. A special Triple Yellow Tri-Coat colour is also available for the 5.0-litre V8 variant.
“Mustang is truly the heart and soul of Ford, and the all-new Mustang takes its no-compromise, raw power and performance to a whole new level,” said David Westerman, managing director, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company.
The all-new Mustang’s sleek design is a modern and muscular interpretation of the classic. It is more aerodynamic, more fuel efficient, more powerful, and with world-class handling and precise steering control, even more fun-to-drive than previous generations. With eight airbags and Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system with 8-inch touchscreen, it’s also smarter and safer than ever before.
“We are thrilled to give our customers in Malaysia the opportunity to become part of a global family of Mustang enthusiasts,” said Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, managing director, Sime Darby Auto Connexion.
“Mustang inspires passion like no other car. It resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one – and I know Malaysians will jump at the chance to experience the thrill and excitement of this fantastic performance vehicle.”
All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang
The clean-sheet design for Mustang evokes the essential characteristics of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck – with contemporary execution. Balancing world-class dynamics to deliver a superior ride quality, drivers can feel both confident and at ease in the all-new Mustang.
Leaving an everlasting impression on drivers and passengers, an aviation-inspired cockpit provides accessible information and controls. The attention to detail in sculpting the Mustang can further be seen in the high degree of craftsmanship found in its interiors.
Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomy cabin, while thoughtful ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide precise control.
The Mustang experience
Mustang delivers exactly what a driver expects – a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when one stands on it for easy passing, or hustling down a twisty road. No stranger to raw horse power, this ‘pony car’ – so called because of the category of high-performance, accessible, compact sports cars it started in 1964 – flexes its muscles with two exhilarating engine options for Malaysian customers.
The classic 5.0-litre V8 features an upgraded valve train and cylinder heads, and pumps out 416PS of power and 530Nm of torque. A new intake manifold improves low-speed breathing for better fuel economy, idle stability and emissions, making it the most powerful V8 engine in GT history.
The state-of-the-art 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbo charging to deliver fantastic performance and fuel efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect, with 317PS of power and 432Nm of torque, making it more powerful than the original V8-powered 1964 Mustang.
Both power plants are complemented by a smooth, six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, making the pony car a great all-around performer. SelectShift gives drivers the thrill of using a manual transmission with the ease of an automatic. Simply toggle the race car-inspired paddle shifters on the steering wheel to shift gears up or down, for smooth and effortless gear changes without having to use a clutch.
Active grille shutters help increase fuel efficiency by further reducing drag at higher speeds when extra cooling capacity is not needed. The shutters can completely close off the grille, sending air over and around the car instead of through the engine compartment.
New levels of technology and safety
Equipped with an array of smart and innovative technologies, the all-new Mustang is definitely smarter than your average pony. It features the award-winning Ford SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system, allowing drivers to use natural voice commands to control the car’s entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices.
The Mustang is also big on safety, and comes equipped with an eight airbag configuration, including front, side, curtain and knee airbags.
Other key technology and safety features include:
- MyKey – a programme that promotes good driving habits, such as seat belt use, limiting vehicle’s top speed and decreasing audio volume
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) – in an emergency, EBD balances brake force between front and rear wheels, giving the driver greater control
- AdvanceTrac with Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) – adjusts to provide the driver with greater control in a range of road and weather conditions, in comfort, sport and normal modes
- SOS – Post-Crash Alert System
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Rear View Camera, with audible parking sensors
- Intelligent Access with Push Button Start
Ford Mustang is built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in the United States.