The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang has officially been named as one of three contenders for the highly-coveted title of World Car of the Year.
Whittled down from a list of 10, the Mustang has beaten popular cars like the Mazda 2 super-mini, Nissan Qashqai crossover and the Hyundai Genesis to make it to the final stages.
Facing off against the Volkswagen Passat and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Mustang is the only non-German car in the running for the top prize, and the only Ford to be shortlisted.
Only Ford to be shortlisted
The judging panel is made up of a total of 75 distinguished international motoring journalists, who will each submit their final decision by secret ballot, based on their experiences with the cars.
However, car fans will have to wait just a little longer until the final overall winner is unveiled, as the official awards ceremony is due to be held at the New York International Auto Show early next month.
The first version of the Mustang in its 50-year history to go on sale globally, dealers officially opened their order books for the new 2015 model at the end of January earlier this year.
Available to order now
With an all-new design that combines elements of the all the famous muscle car’s incarnations, the latest version of Ford’s most famous performance car is available either as a fastback coupe or convertible.
Standard kit includes 19-inch wheels with performance brakes, automatic xenon headlights with full LED taillights, and a rear diffusor to streamline airflow and improve the Mustang’s performance.
Not just a bare-bones racer, it also comes well equipped with dual-zone climate control as standard, along with a nine-speaker sound system and Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system with voice-activated features.
Buyers can also specify climate control seats which can heat or cool on demand, plus exclusive alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and a choice of ten exterior colours including exclusive Competition Orange and Triple Yellow.
Power comes via a choice of powerful petrol engines; a 2.3-litre version of the EcoBoost with 310bhp, or a traditional 5.0-litre V8, which produces 412bhp and 542Nm of torque.
Ford has launched an online configurator on its website, which allows buyers to personally create and specify their own cars, tweak options and review prices at the end.
Available to order now from Perrys Ford dealerships and priced from £28,995 for the fastback coupe with EcoBoost engine, the new Ford Mustang is due to land later this year.