Changes to the 2021 Ford Mustang Add, Eliminate Fan Favorites

Christian Wardlaw | Oct 15, 2020

News about the 2021 Ford Mustang has been trickling out for months, but now some firm details are emerging about one of America’s favorite cars. Based on a 2021 Mustang order guide published by Mustang 6G, this is what’s changing. For now.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Blue White Front View

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The big news for the 2021 Mustang is the return of the Mach 1 to the lineup. Equipped with the same 480-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine found in the outgoing Mustang Bullitt, the Mach 1 also comes with numerous parts sourced from the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500, including an upgraded Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox with downshift rev-matching.

Additionally, Ford makes its Co-Pilot 360 collection of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) standard on the 2021 Mustang. It includes forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic warning, and automatic high-beam headlights. Adaptive cruise control is an option, included in a revised Safe and Smart Package with a navigation system.

The Mustang EcoBoost Premium gets standard ActiveX leatherette seat upholstery for 2021, and new paint colors across the lineup include Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, Fighter Jet Gray, and Grabber Yellow.

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Ford previously announced the departures of the Mustang Bullitt, Shelby GT350, and Shelby GT350R from the lineup. The new Mustang Mach 1 serves as a replacement for the Bullitt and, to some extent, the Shelby GT350. Evidently, it also replaces the Mustang GT Performance Package 2, as well. If you want a Mustang GT with that track-focused option, you’d better find one in dealership inventory before they’re all gone.

Departing along with the Bullitt is the Dark Highland Green paint job that defines the special-edition model. Ford also cancels the Kona Blue, Magnetic (gray), and Grabber Lime colors for the 2021 model year.

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Aside from these modifications to the Mustang lineup, Ford applies minor paint, wheel, trim, and equipment changes to the car. For those who like to wade deep into the details, the Mustang’s glove box illumination is dropped for 2021, and both the EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium lose their integrated turn signals this year.

The information in this article is sourced from Ford information published through a fan forum website. It was accurate on October 15, 2020, but it may have changed since that date.

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