Sleek and redesigned, the 1979 was the first Mustang to be built on the new Fox platform, thus kicking off the Third Generation (1979-1993) of the vehicle. The ’79 Mustang was more European visually, with less traditional Mustang styling cues throughout. This was a complete redesign of Mustang for the 80s, as people were looking to be more international. From 1979 to 1986, the car had an angled back front clip and four headlights, known as “Four Eyes” by enthusiasts. The front clips were then rounded off in the 1987 to 1993 models which were known as the “aero” style with flush composite headlamps.
The following year, 1994, not only marked the 30th anniversary of the Ford Mustang, but it also ushered in the Fourth Generation (1994-2004) of the car. The ’94 Mustang was built on a new SN-95/Fox4 Platform and also marked its first major redesign. With a change of many major parts of the car, the new Mustang looked different, and it drove differently as well since it was structurally engineered to be stiffer. Coupe and convertible models continued to be available options, while the hatchback body style was dropped from the Mustang line-up. By the turn of the new century, as the world rolled into the 2000s, people were already becoming more design savvy than they were in the previous 50 years. There was less structure to what is right or wrong to design and it was mostly just about different points of view. Tapping into this trend, in 2005, Ford introduced the all-new D2C Mustang platform, thus ushering in the Fifth Generation (20052014) of Mustang. The new platform was designed to make the Mustang faster, safer, and better-looking than ever before. This generation of Mustang had come full circle, retrieving its individuality and returning fully to its iconic shape. This design stood for originality along with efficiency and advanced technology.
With over 50 years of experience and five generations, the goal was now to create a contemporary interpretation of Mustang—an American automotive icon that symbolises optimism and freedom for millions of people around the world. This led to the launch of the new 2015 Ford Mustang, which featured a completely revamped design, which was inspired by 50 years of Ford Mustang heritage. The 2015 Mustang marked the 50th anniversary of continuous Mustang production, which began in March 1964. The current Mustang invokes a comfortable familiarity whilst feeling absolutely contemporary all at the same time.
Over time, Mustangs have become sleeker, safer and more technologically advanced. But no matter how sleek and safe the Mustang gets, it has never stopped being exciting with a thunderous roar powerful enough to give goosebumps to anyone who happens to pass it by.