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Ten Things Ford's Edgy, New Mustang Won't Be

The Ford Evos concept, shown at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, thought to presage the design of the next Mustang
The Ford Evos concept, shown at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, thought to presage the design of the next Mustang

“The way to find a missing something,” says the Cat in the Hat in his eponymous 1971 TV special, “is to find out where it’s not.” He called the approach the “Calculatus Eliminatus.” So while every other publication is busy parsing Ford Motor’s recent leaks about the 2015 Mustang, trying to determine what it will be, we applied the Cat’s methodology—with the help of expert industry analyst Dave Sullivan from AutoPacific—to tell you what it won’t be.

1) Retro: For the past eight years, the Mustang has been aping design cues from its glory days in the late 1960s—which is four times longer than the late 1960s themselves lasted. It is now more than played out. “The retro styling doesn’t seem to drive purchases well with people under 40,” says Sullivan. “And retro designs age quicker than other styles.” The new design will be smooth and forward-thinking. “Expect it to be heavily, heavily influenced by the Evos concept they showed in Frankfurt last year,” Sullivan says.