Modern touches mix with Mustang history and
heritage in the 2005 Mustang interior. Chrome-ringed air vents are aligned vertically across the dash,
precisely in line with the gauges, and the steering wheel has three spokes
with a center hub marked by the horse and tricolor bars logo, echoing the
design of the 1967 Mustang.
That 6-inch wheelbase gain (over 2004) also maximizes
the comfort level for Mustang occupants. Taller drivers will feel more at
home with more headroom and shoulder room. Rear passengers also enjoy more
legroom and shoulder room in their sculpted bucket seats.
More standard features than ever before include
one-touch up/down power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry and power
locks, a heated rear window and interval wipers.
Interior Sport Appearance Package
Ford underestimated the popularity of the Interior Upgrade Package, and
supply fell short shortly after launch. To meet demand, Ford began
offering the Interior Sport Appearance Package in late November, 2004. The
package includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum spokes and
a satin aluminum-plated shifter lever with automatic transmission or
leather-wrapped sport shift knob with manual transmission. $195.
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Interior Upgrade Package
The Interior Upgrade Package will include satin aluminum instrument panel
trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, satin aluminum-plated shift lever on
cars equipped with automatic transmission, bright polished rings around
A/C vents and gauges, leather-wrapped shift knob on cars equipped with
manual transmission, satin aluminum-plated door handles, MyColor feature, message center, satin
aluminum door sill scuff plate with bright Mustang lettering insert, and
Dark Charcoal Aberdeen pattern front door panels. $450.
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The all-new 2005 Ford Mustangs equipped with the Interior Upgrade Package will feature a
Delphi-produced industry-first color-configurable instrument cluster so customers can
light their gauges in any of 125 unique colors. Instrument gauges can be
subtly or dramatically illuminated in the new 'Stang, using three
light-emitting diodes (LEDs). But it's not just red, green and blue, like
crayons from a box. The colors combine to provide six preset shades –
green, blue, purple, white, orange and red. Innovative "light pipe"
technology then steps in and allows '05 Mustang owners to mix and blend
these six shades for up to 125 custom-colored backgrounds. The six-gauge cluster, with selectable-color
backlighting, will be available as an option on the base and GT model of
the 2005 Mustangs. The colors, set against a striking backdrop of aluminum
panels spanning the dashboard and dual chrome-ringed gauges, add a look of
technical precision. click for photos
Interior Upgrade Package and MyColor Delays
Frank Weyer invented the Method and Apparatus for
Providing User Selectable Multi-Color Instrument Panel Illumination
in 1999 and allegedly pitched the idea to Ford. Ford offered a very similar option--MyColor--on 2005 Mustangs,
and Frank Weyer filed a lawsuit.
However, Ford continues to produce 2005 Mustangs
with the MyColor option, which is coupled with the Interior Upgrade
The initial projected take rate on IUP by Ford
Marketing was than 20-30%, but the actual take rate was closer to 80%.
That exceeded the production capability of Ford's suppliers, and
Ford got backed up on the orders. They increased capacity for IUP
orders at the Flat Rock plant, and production is back to full speed.
Interior Color Accent Package
The Interior Color Accent Package includes red leather sport bucket seats,
red interior door trim, and red floor mats. It will only be available with
Dark Charcoal interior and Interior Upgrade Package. The preproduction
cars had red trim under the quarter window, but the production cars do
not. The preproduction cars also had an all-aluminum shift knob with the
manual transmission, but the production cars have a satin finish. $175.
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The 2005 Mustang V6 Deluxe comes standard with a single-CD player
with four speakers. It has 160 watts of power.
Two Delphi Audiophile systems are available in the Mustang,
a Shaker 500 with 500 watts of peak power and the Shaker 1000 with 1000 watts. On cars
equipped with either system, each door has its own subwoofer in a ported
enclosure. This allows the door-mounted woofers to produce more "thump"
than if they were housed in the bare door. The 1000-watt version adds a
mounted, ported enclosure in the trunk that includes two more subwoofers.
Both systems include an in-dash six-CD changer that has
the capability to play discs with MP3 computer files. This allows
customers to play as many as 200 compressed music files from one disc,
making the Mustang’s six-disc changer capable of becoming its own jukebox
with more than 1,200 songs, or 60 hours of music.
In the trunk, the subwoofer enclosure for the 1000-watt
system takes up significantly less space than in the last Mustang.
Computer-aided engineering enabled developers to keep its interior volume
the same (to produce the same bass) while taking up less usable space in