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Next-generation Mustang to debut on December 5

Ford won't wait for 50th-anniversary celebration to reveal the new model

Published: December 1, 2013, 6:00 PM

Mustang 50th Anniversary

Ford is planning a gala celebration in April, 2014, for the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang's introduction at the 1964 New York World Fair. It has been widely speculated that the all-2015 model would be launched at that time, in conjunction with the 2014 New York International Show, which is scheduled for the same time.

But the company won't wait until then to give us a glimpse of the new pony car.

Instead, the sixth-generation Mustang will make its global debuts in six cities on four continents, this Thursday, December 5. The reveals will take place in Dearborn, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney.

"Mustang is such an iconic car for us, we want to make sure it has its own time in the sun," Ford marketing chief Jim Farley told journalists in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The current-generation Mustang was introduced in 2005 and, while it retains a loyal following, its sales have suffered with the subsequent resurrection of the Chevrolet Camaro.

Rumours and spy photos suggest the new model will include at least one new EcoBoost engine (probably a four-cylinder) and adopt some variation of the now-signature Ford grille shape previewed by the company's Iosis and Evos concepts.

While it is an American icon, the Mustang is in gaining in popularity in overseas markets. Hence the simultaneous global review.