Ford plans to celebrate the Mustang's 50th birthday with a new version of the pony car, redesigned for the global market. Car and Driver Magazine, however, has taken the wind out of Ford's sails. The publication leaked an image of the 2015 Mustang ahead of its official release date.

It's not entirely clear whether the image is the actual Mustang or a very close approximation to the production car put together by extrapolating design hints from past concepts and spy shots. Either way, readers can explore a 360-degree image of what is "almost definitely" the 2015 Mustang at Car and Driver's website.

The new Mustang looks ready for the world stage, with globally attractive styling and more efficient engine options to appeal to European consumers and emissions standards. It will reportedly come with a new 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that will allow it to meet strict Eurozone fuel efficiency requirements, while maintaining the performance numbers consumers expect from a muscle car.

The car will also eventually sport the jointly developed Ford-General Motors 10-speed automatic transmission as an option, as well as a large array of performance drivetrains.

The Mustang first debuted at the 1964 New York World's Fair and saw instant success. While this Mustang won't be released until the car's actual 50th birthday on April 17, 2014, it has been so highly anticipated that stories and rumors about its looks and features have been swirling for months.