The 2024 Ford Mustang spearheads the start of the pony car’s S650 generation, ushering a host of new updates to the lineup, including an overhauled exterior and interior design, along with a more diverse variety of customization options right from the factory. Not long after its introduction, Ford Authority photographers spied what appears to be a Mustang EcoBoost base model that is seemingly not outfitted with any optional extras, the first time an example has been seen in public.
It’s worth noting that the seventh-generation 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, which harnesses the Ford 2.3L I4 EcoBoost will exclusively be offered with The Blue Oval’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed manual transmission will be dropped from the lineup. Previously, the six-speed manual was available on the sixth-generation Mustang EcoBoost, but it seems it was not popular enough for Ford to justify offering it as an option for the new EcoBoost pony car. Judging by the wheels and the black portion of the front bumper, this particular Mustang seems to be a base EcoBoost model without any optional cosmetic or appearance package.
The forthcoming 2024 Ford Mustang EcoBoost and GT models will get a unique front end treatment to set them apart from the rest of the lineup. The Mustang GT will have more aggressive grille openings than the EcoBoost to facilitate improved airflow. Additionally, the EcoBoost and GT models will be able to be outfitted with the new Bronze Design Series Appearance Package, which adds a handful of bronze-colored accents to the vehicle’s exterior such as unique wheels.
Along with the aforementioned changes, third-party tuners will have a tough time taming the seventh-generation Mustang. Tuning will be “much more difficult,” said Ford Mustang Chief Engineer Ed Krenz in an interview with Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft. The forthcoming Mustang will be built using The Blue Oval’s Fully Networked Vehicle (FNV) electrical architecture, meaning that over-the-air (OTA) updates and cybersecurity measures are much easier to achieve. However, the downside of FNV is that it is so secure, it’s difficult to hack – and in turn, difficult to tune.