2020 Ford Mustang: Here’s What’s New And Different

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Earlier this year, we reported that the next-generation Ford Mustang – the one that was supposed to migrate to Ford’s awesome new CD6 platform that underpins the new 2020 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviatorhas been delayed by several years. Unfortunately, that hasn’t changed. In the meantime, we have the 2020 Ford Mustang to tide us over. And now, Ford Authority has compiled all the changes and updates to the pony car for the 2020 model year.

Mechanical

On the mechanical side, the 2020 Ford Mustang gains the 2.3L high-performance EcoBoost engine for the 2.3L High Performance Package. That engine makes 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

What’s more, the MagneRide Damping System is now included in the EcoBoost Handling Package on 101A – 201A equipment groups.

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2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package with EcoBoost Handling Package

Exterior

On the outside, the 2020 Ford Mustang gains three new wheel options, including:

  • 17-inch sparkle silver-painted aluminum wheel standard on 100A
  • 19-inch machined-face aluminum wheel with low gloss ebony painted pockets for the aforementioned 2.3L High Performance Package
  • 19-inch premium painted aluminum wheel for the EcoBoost Handling Package, which is an optional package that is added on top of the 2.3L High Performance Package

Meanwhile, the Mini Spare Wheel & Tire (66W) is newly available with the 20-inch premium-painted aluminum wheels (649) and the 2.3L High Performance Package (67E).

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Four new exterior colors replace four deleted ones:

New Colors:

  • Grabber Lime (F9)
  • Iconic Silver (JS) – metallic paint
  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (D4)
  • Twister Orange Tri-Coat (CA)


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Deleted Colors:

  • Ingot Silver
  • Need for Green
  • Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Finally, a new stripe offering becomes available specifically for the 2.3L High Performance Package.

Interior

Inside, the 2020 Ford Mustang removes the seatback map pockets as a standard feature. It is now exclusive to the Mustang Bullitt model.

The only other change includes the replacement of the 6-way power passenger seat with a 4-way one.

Driver Assist Technology

There’s only one change on the Driver Assist Technology front, and that is the addition of Ford Pass Connect as standard on all series/models.

Packages

The remaining changes are to the packages. First comes the addition of the 2.3L High Performance Package replaces EcoBoost Performance Package. Not that we haven’t dedicated enough words to the new package in the recent past, but it is offered on EcoBoost Fastback and Convertible models and includes the following content:

  • 3.55 limited-slip rear-axle
  • 19″ X 9″ machined-face aluminum with low gloss ebony painted pockets
  • 255/40R19 summer-only tires
  • Active valve performance exhaust
  • Black painted strut-tower brace
  • “Engine Spun” aluminum instrument panel
  • Exterior Mirror finished in Magnetic/dark gray
  • Gauge Pack (Oil Pressure and Boost)
  • GT Performance package front splitter and belly pan
  • Hood accent stripe
  • Heavy-duty front springs
  • Larger brake rotors with four-piston fixed calipers
  • Larger radiator
  • Raised blade decklid spoiler in Magnetic (Fastback Only, not on Convertible)
  • Spoiler Delete (Convertible Only)
  • Unique chassis tuning
  • Unique EPAS, ABS and stability control tuning
  • Upsized rear sway bar
2020 Ford Mustang 2.3L High Performance Package (without the optional EcoBoost Handling Package)

Then comes the EcoBoost Handling Package (60H), which is optional on the 2.3L High Performance Package to take it a step further. Available on 101A – 201A series and only the Fastback body style, it includes:

  • 19” X 9.5 aluminum wheel
  • 265/40R19 Pirelli Corsa tires (Summer Only)
  • MagneRide Damping System
  • Premium brakes
  • 3.55 Torsen limited-slip rear-axle

Finally, California Special package adds Velocity Blue (E7) exterior paint and removes the Kona Blue (L6) color.

And that’s all that’s new and different for the 2020 Ford Mustang. We’ll have more details on what’s different for the Shelby GT350 in a later installment. In the meantime, subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news as well as the latest Ford news coverage.

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Written by Alex Luft

Ford Authority founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

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  1. I’m not a fan of the removal of 6 way seats or seat pockets and for the love if god, add heads up display, built-in dash cam and a SUN ROOF as options Ford.

    • I agree William! I’m looking at a 2020 because there are no 2019’s left that has options I wanted. I had a Ford Fusion fully loaded and it bugged me that the passenger side was oy 4 way. When I sat in the 2019 Mustang and noted that the passenger side was 6 way, I was so excited! I would be able to see over the dash when hubby was driving! Just my luck, they changed it for the 2020’s……We also wanted the CS in Kona, guess that’s not happening either….

  2. I hope the Rotaty shifter does not become standard. I’m ok with automatics, but a sport & muscle cars should have a leather wrapped shift lever, not a cheap plastic dial with buttons like those soulless midsize crossovers.

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