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Larry95
12-14-2006, 02:33 PM
A Mustang wagon?!? Say it ain't so

The next generation of the Ford Mustang could include some previously unthinkable variants including a four-door sedan and a station wagon, according to a report in the magazine AutoWeek.

"To a Mustang purist, this is blasphemy," said Bob Gritzinger, AutoWeek's senior editor for news.

Mustang has become a strong brand name, perhaps even stronger than Ford's famous Blue Oval, the magazine story says.

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You can measure that by price. Introduced for the 2005 model year, the current version of the Mustang still sells for close to full sticker price, according to Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com Website.

AutoWeek attributes its story to a "prominent automotive industry consultant familiar with the Ford plan."

"It's a case of reaching out to the men or women who keenly identify with the Mustang, but for various reasons - whether it be family, recreational or other - need a more versatile car than a coupe," the source is quoted as saying.

The planned 4-door Mustang may be foreshadowed by a Lincoln sedan to be shown at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show.

The 4-door Lincoln uses much of the current Mustang's engineering, according to the magazine. The Lincoln car will have independent rear suspension originally developed for the Mustang but scrapped as too expensive.

The current Mustang has a solid rear axle. But Ford plans for the next-generation Mustang to have a sophisticated independent rear suspension.

The next-generation Mustang is due to come 2011, according to AutoWeek. It could come out as early as 2009, however, Gritzinger said in an interview.

That would allow the Mustang to compete more effectively against the new Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger coupes, expected to arrive in late 2008 as 2009 models.

"It's going to be muscle car heaven in 2008," said Gritzinger.

The story, including illustrations of what the Mustang sedan might look like, is in the Dec. 18 issue of AutoWeek and on-line at AutoWeek.com.

Ford executives were not available for comment on the report.

Other performance coupes have successfully spun off four-door variants despite fans' protests.

Most recently, the Dodge division of DaimlerChrysler reintroduced the Charger name on a four-door sedan in 2005. Despite grumbling from fans of the original 1960s and '70s muscle car, the Charger sedan has sold well.

The next generation of General Motors' Chevrolet Impala sedan will share its engineering and some design cues with the new Chevrolet Camaro, various industry news media have reported. That would allow the Impala to benefit from the "family relationship" without actually taking the Camaro name.

In this case, the two-door coupe and convertible Mustang would continue to be produced, according to the report.

Brad Bowling, a Mustang expert who has written several books on the car including the Standard Catalog of Mustang, told CNNMoney.com he was not particularly bothered by the idea.

"For years people have occasionally made their own custom Mustang wagons and that sort of thing," he said.

Bowling himself recently parted with one of his Mustangs, a 2001 model, because he needed something with more room, he said. He bought a Hemi-powered Dodge Magnum wagon.

He recognized that not everyone would share his attitude toward the idea of four-door Mustangs.

"There are going to be two really strong-minded schools of thought on this," Bowling said.

In the past, attempts to fundamentally alter the Mustang, an iconic American performance car, have been blocked because of outrage by Mustang owners.

In the 1980s, a plan to bring out a front-wheel-drive Mustang met with so much resistance that the company instead introduced the car as the Ford Probe while keeping the Mustang rear-wheel-drive.

Firme
12-14-2006, 04:44 PM
If that does happen, Ford doesn't understand what makes the Mustang the success it is. That is just "hey we don't sell Sedan's well, lets call them Mustangs and see if the name alone will help sell more"

Levi
12-14-2006, 06:05 PM
Didn't they do a Pinto Wagon? :what: :crazy:

nckissfan
12-14-2006, 06:09 PM
yeah, that was the Mustang II wagon:rotf: , what a piece of crap that was. I remember my parents had one, with the faux wood paneling, that was oh-so popular in the 70's:crazy:

ausie
12-15-2006, 07:21 AM
Okay, time to put a little pinto in for good measure. I was thinking the same thing too. Still remember that along with the exploding fuel tank too.

I wonder why Chevey does not have a corvette wagon or even a four door version out yet.

I sure hope history does not repeat itself with the mustang. If they really plan on creating off of the base line, put it in a different package all together along with the Lincoln concept. The only thing that sounded good was the return of the IRS. If they really need to make a wagon out of it, make it an SUV of sorts and not sum hum drum grocery getter and call it something else like the new Capris (not intended to stir any feelings up on that).

Levi
12-16-2006, 11:33 PM
Ford denies expansion of Mustang line.

Ford has denied outright that it will expand the Mustang lineup, and claims the AutoWeek and Autocar stories are completely false. Both publications released stories earlier this week claiming to have an inside source that was certain the Mustang lineup would include a four-door and estate variants. Ford said in a statement: “Mustang is an icon and will continue in its current form: a unique, two-door, rear-wheel drive, 2+2 performance car.”

However, at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, Ford will unveil a four-door, rear-wheel-drive concept car. The concept, known as “The Interceptor”, is based on the Mustang’s rear-wheel-drive architecture but it is not a Mustang and no production plans have been announced. This could mean simply that AutoWeek’s source was confused by the plans for this Interceptor concept, which could possibly go into production. Ford says it will release more information on the Interceptor on December 31st.