Ford Mustang Looms a Possible Diwali Launch In India

The legendary American sports car Mustang is likely to reach
in India by the festive period of Diwali this year. Ford’s global CEO Mark
Fields
has reportedly confirmed the entry of the Mustang in the Indian market
to some of the company dealers in the course of inauguration of the company’s
new Sanand plant in Gujarat, according to Autocar India.

Ford India, back in 2013, conducted a feasibility study on
launching the Mustang muscle car in India. With the only possibility of a CBU
import, the Mustang may cost around INR 30-40 lakhs. Are you ready for a
pony-trekking??

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The Mustang is essentially an ‘American’ performance car
that is very much unique to the North American markets. In fact, the Mustang
inspired a whole new class of highly styled, sporty or cars in 1960s America
called as ‘Pony cars’. It is manufactured at the company’s Flat Rock Assembly
Plant
in Michigan, and is exported to other worldly markets.
The 2015 Ford Mustang is in its sixth-generation and was
revealed in 2013, with sales starting last year in the United States.
Unlike its earlier models, the current model features a fully independent rear
suspension system that includes an all-new front perimeter sub-frame and a
double-ball-joint MacPherson struts. This pony car comes in two body styles – a
2-Door Coupé Fastback and a 2-Door Convertible.

Ford Mustang: India may get the 2.3
litre EcoBoost 4-cylinder turbo-direct engine 
The global tech sheet of the Ford Mustang includes 3 engines
– a 3.7 litre V6, a 5.0 litre V8 on the GT variant, and an irresistible 2.3
litre EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine
. Either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed
automatic comes paired to the engines. Indian-spec Mustang is likely to get
only the turbocharged, direct injected petrol EcoBoost motor that generates 305
bhp and 406 Nm of torque. are on the menu too.
Ford Mustang gets posh interiors and SYNC multimedia
system

The ‘casual’ muscle car bags the company’s SYNC multimedia
system
, Blind Spot warning system, and MyKey keyless start. Ford India may be
thinking of building a respectable brand image with this car, exhibiting the
company’s real prowess on sports cars to the Indian customers. There is no
official word on tech-spec or pricing, but considering that the EcoBoost 4-cylinder
Mustang is sold for a whooping INR 40.21 lakhs (399,800 yuan) in China (from
January this year), Ford India may price the car between INR 30-40 lakhs.
Ironically, the Mustang is relatively cheaper in the US at $25,300 (INR 15.81
lakh) due to volume sales and local production.

Ford is reported to launch three other products in India
this years, apart from the Mustang. The company unveiled the must-awaited sub-4
metre compact sedan Figo ‘Aspire’ last week, which will go on sale by June this
year. The new Figo hatch and the next-gen Endeavour SUV are also due for launch
later this year.  

A long sculpted hood and short rear deck defines Ford Mustang

So get ready for a
pony-trekking with the Ford Mustang ‘pony’!

Photo Credit: Motortrend.com

Dhiyanesh Ravichandran

Dhiyanesh is equally crazy about driving cars and writing about them. This guy loves everything with a steering wheel, so, at someday if self-driving cars take up all driving, he is sure to go nuts! He likes sedans of 90s era, esp W140 S-Class and R34 Skyline GT. Apart from usual motoring stuffs, he maintains a strong appetite for sociological perspectives on cars, their historical and cultural footprints. He owns a 1999 Fiat Siena passionately, and drives a Ford Fiesta.