Let's remember what the fourth generation Mustang could look like

Let’s remember what the fourth generation Mustang could look like

Ford Mustang concept

Ford Mustang “Jenner” concept.
The painting: Ford

As a child of the 90’s, I basically believe that the cars that look best look like a bar of soap. That’s why the original SN95 Mustang is not “New Edge”Refresh (which he was not an extreme New Edge, let’s be realistic) – for my eyes it has aged so nicely. I guess my opinion is partly a reaction to the increasingly disturbing behavior of passenger cars in the last 20 years, but that is neither here nor there.

I raise the memory of the fourth generation Mustang because I recently came across a trio of pre-production designs that I somehow missed when Ford reappeared them in 2013. This will not be new for Mustang believers, but they are still interesting to study, because nothing is more fascinating than what could have been.

You may already know that the SN95 was an unplanned project for Ford. In the late 80’s, the car manufacturer was so sure of that new probe that it intends to quietly pull the Mustang with the third-generation Fok-bodie model. What’s worse, he didn’t expect people to be so sad about it.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang “Schwarzenegger”
The painting: Ford

That, of course, did not happen. When Ford learned that the love for the Mustang was still strong, the engineers had to more or less work with what they had on the Fock platform, while the designers did everything they could to trim those old bones in a fresh, future-oriented way. .

This resulted in three exterior proposals – called “Jenner”, “Schvarzenegger” and “Rambo” – ranging from friendly to an aggressive appearance. The Schwarzenegger, seen above, finally got the green light, and the serial Mustang we got is very similar to this concept except for a small adjustment to the lower front of the grille.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang “Jenner”
The painting: Ford

As for the rejected designs, they look so different from each other that they could also have come from different brands. On the Jenner terrain, we see rounded surfaces and general innocence that will define most of the Blue Oval line of the 90s, with cars such as the Ovoid Taurus and Escort ZKS2. It was even more reserved than the serial SN95.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang “Jenner”
The painting: Ford

However, now that we’ve moved away from a time when every new car looked like this, I’m really committed to Jenner design. There are a few Cadillac Catera / Opel Omega in the headlights. It has subtle athleticism in the way the hood blends in with those extended fenders, which, along with a single, unbroken line of intersection extending from the deck cover through the profile, combines it all for a very clean and handy yet restrained look.

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Ford Mustang “Rambo”
The painting: Ford

Rambo, on the other hand, looks like an alien reptile moments before he attacks you. It is much busier and extremely stupid, with “teeth” under the fog lights and the distance between the rear edge of the side windows and the B-pillar, which suggests another pair of vents. That little spoiler bridging those two giant taillights would also be extremely unusual at the time.

Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang “Rambo”
The painting: Ford

This one is more of a liftback than a coupe and far less pedestrian than the other two proposals. As much as I appreciate the simplicity of the final SN95 we eventually got, the Rambo concept attributes a sense of urgency and importance to the Mustang, as if Ford was targeting the noisier and more sinister Dodge Viper. I wonder what a pony car could develop into today if the fourth generation model looked like that.

In the end, Ford’s management decided to choose Schwarzenegger’s proposal in the middle of the road – the kind of compromise you would expect from the Big Three in the 1990s. The rest is history. Which brings us to my last question: Which of these three do you like the most?

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