In a bid to spin some good publicity after announcing the closure of its Australian manufacturing operations in 2016, Ford has confirmed that the Mustang will return to Down Under in right-hand drive form starting from, you guessed it, three years’ time. The RHD Ford Mustang has already been confirmed for the UK market, and the Australian confirmation that followed suit is a good sign for the rest of us who drive on the right side of the road.

Expected to account for less than 10% of total Mustang sales, reports that Ford Detroit will be keen to sell the right-hand drive version in as many countries as possible to recover the substantial engineering and tooling costs involved in the conversion process. Word of a new road tax-friendly 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine further fuels the possibility of the American muscle car coming to our shores.

Ford is taking the global-route for the next-gen Mustang, which is meant to appeal to a much wider range than the US-centric current model (pictured above in top 444 hp Boss 302 form). Early full-bodied prototypes have already been spotted testing in the open, and reports suggest that the Mustang’s trademark live rear axle will finally give way to modern independent rear suspension.

The sixth-generation pony car will debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show next April, coinciding with the Mustang’s 50th anniversary. Traditional V6 and V8 engines will still be the new model’s main choice of engines, with the cleaner and more efficient four-cylinder engine reserved for select markets, which, we hope, will include ours.