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Posted by: Mark Bilek

Curiously, FoMoCo took the wraps off an all-new Mustang overnight. That's right, the debut of the Ford's most iconic car, and arguably the most recognizable automotive icon of the last 50 years, was launched electronically, at 12:01 a.m. this morning.

Simultaneously, hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, blogs and, eventually, newspapers broke the story of the new 2015 'Stang. Riding the same 107.1-inche wheelbase as the current model, the new car is 1.4 inches lower and 1.5 inches wider. More importantly for enthusiasts, the rear track has been increased by 2.8 inches to 64.9 inches and the Mustang finally get an independent rear suspension.

Engines will include the current 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 and a new 2.3-liter turbo four, estimated to be rated at 305 horsepower. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Both a Track Pack and GT model will be offered.

The interior gets a heavy rework as well, highlighted by a unifying swath of metal that runs the length of the dash and a dashboard plaque, a la the Jeep Wrangler. Center stack incorporates the MyFordTouch system and a healthy dose of traditional buttons and knobs. Track Pack-equipped models get some additional switchgear to control steering sensitivity and driving mode.  Finally, Ford added about 4.5 cubic feet to the interior overall when compared to the current car.

Though a convertible is expected, the only body style that was officially announced was a fastback two-door coupe. Pricing isn't yet known, but Ford did say the latest Mustang will arrive in dealerships in late 2014.

Thankfully, you'll get to see the new Mustang this February at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. We can't wait. Let's hope Ford brings back its show-stopping Mustang Dyno!

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