The Ford Mustang is an American icon, but a new report is indicating the pony car will get a globally-influenced design for 2014.

The Ford Mustang is an American icon, but a new report is indicating the pony car will get a globally-influenced design for 2014.

Speaking with Automotive News, Derrick Kuzak - Ford's group vice president for global product development - revealed the company's international design studios will present proposals for the highly-anticipated model. This is a bit of a change, since American designers have previously held sole supervision over the Mustang's styling.

In essence, the studios will compete against each other and the best styling proposal wins. However, despite the international competition, Ford's U.S. design team will be responsible for incorporating the winning elements into the final production model.

Regardless of what the car looks like, the next-generation Mustang is expected to ride on an all-new platform which will likely feature an independent rear suspension. This might upset the purists, but it should result in improved handling and a more comfortable ride.

Note: 2011 Mustang pictured

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