Whenever carmakers, or for that matter, any kind of company that offers products for sale, develop a new model, they survey the public to make important decisions and even alterations in design, features, marketing, pricing and other important areas. The same applies with Ford and its upcoming 2015 Mustang.
One of those U.S. market surveys conducted for Ford by Morpace was shared online on the Mustang6G forums, courtesy of member PVC. While there's no way of being 100 percent sure that everything mentioned is final, we suspect that certain specs and details could be very close to what we'll get when the 6th generation Mustang goes on sale next year.
"I recently got a survey on car options. I was thinking it might be an indicator about the type of options available for the Mustang," said PVC in a posting. "We have a 2013 Mustang and wonder if we got the e-mail because of that. Anyway, here are screenshots I took. Do these items and prices look to be in-line with what the Mustang might have?"
On the powertrain front, the survey mentions three available engines, beginning with a naturally aspirated 3.8-liter V6 producing 300hp and 290 lb-ft (393Nm) that returns 19mpg city, 29mpg highway.
The second option is a (+$560) 2.4-liter inline-four GTDI (turbocharged with direct injection) rated at 310hp and 310lb-ft (420Nm), which has fuel economy numbers of 22mpg city and 32mpg highway.
The last choice is a (+$1,890) 4.9-liter V8 twisting out 430hp and 396lb-ft (536Nm), and returning 18mpg city and 28mpg highway.
For the record, the current 2014 Mustang Mk5 is offered with two regular powertrains (there's also the 662hp Shelby GT500), a 3.7-liter V6 producing 305hp and 280lb-ft (19mpg city / 29mpg highway for manual), and a 5.0-liter V8 with 420hp and 390 lb-ft (15mpg city and 26mpg highway for manual gearbox).
In other words, all three engines listed in the questionnaire for the 2015 Mustang are either new or improved / modified.
There's also a query in which the 2015 Mustang's base price is listed at $23,995, and another one where the survey asks which of the following transmissions would they pick if the cost was the same: 10-speed automatic, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed manual and 6-speed manual.
In our opinion, the most important data in the survey is the engine range, which does match what we've heard in the past. You can take a look at it for yourself in more detail and discover other interesting tidbits, in the gallery below.
Update: We were contacted by Morpace, which asked us to remove its screenshots from the survey