Ford has unveiled the seventh generation Mustang, which provides an enhanced suite of technologies through an immersive, fighter-jet-inspired, digital cockpit powered by SYNC 4.
The car’s interior offers a customizable 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster which can display different animated designs and adjustable drive-mode visuals. Here the system utilizes Unreal Engine 3D, a creation tool used to design 3D graphics in modern video games, to provide enhanced infotainment visuals.
When choosing personalized drive mode settings, for example, the car’s current drive set-up is displayed on the new Mustang’s 13.2-inch central display as a real-time graphical rendering. These settings can likewise be adjusted by swiping the graphic, which rotates the virtual car shown on the display. Beyond the screen, an all-new race-inspired flat-bottomed steering wheel provides more space when getting seated.
This digital instrument cluster can be optionally configured to flow into the car’s center display, which sits behind a single piece of integrated glass angled toward the driver. Below it, the center console can incorporate an available wireless mobile phone charging pad, while new overhead USB ports are installed above the cockpit. Designed with track cameras and other devices in mind, these ports work to prevent wires from draping across the cabin.
An available B&O Sound System is optimized for the car’s interior, where music can be shared through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which are compatible with SYNC 4. In expanding the car’s ecosystem of media apps, Amazon’s Alexa Built-In with Ford Streaming, which allows music and podcasts to be played through voice commands. This software, as well as the full suite of the new Mustang’s standard software suite, is upgradable through Ford’s Power-Up software update system.
In addition to its variety of infotainment features, the new Mustang is equipped with a range of ADAS offered with Ford Co-Pilot360. Among these are Speed Sign Recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go, Lane Centering Assist, Evasive Steer Assist, and Reverse Brake Assist. Included with the premium Performance Package, Active Pothole Mitigation continually monitors suspension, body, steering and braking input and adjusts suspension response accordingly.
Further functionality is offered through the FordPass app, available on iPhone, Android, and the Apple Watch. With it, customers can remotely start and stop the vehicle, as well as locking and unlocking the doors, schedule a start time, locate the vehicle, and access vehicle health and status checks. The app can similarly provide important vehicle information quickly, including fuel and oil levels, service history, and warranty information.
The all-new Mustang goes on sale in the U.S. from summer 2023 and will be assembled at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, MI.