The facelifted 2018 Mustang has been revealed folks but there are more than just a few tweaks to talk about – there are some significant changes when compared to the outgoing model.
The newbie, which Ford plans to sell in 148 countries, has been thoroughly revised inside and out – and under the bonnet too. Starting with the latter, the 5.0-litre V8 now features new port fuel injection (in addition to direct injection) while the compression ratio has been bumped up from 11:1 to 12:1 which will give the 2018 model year car a higher redline and more power along with better fuel economy although the Blue Oval hasn’t released specific details just yet. But, the big news is that the naturally-aspirated V6 has been ditched; instead, the EcoBoost 2.3-litre four-pot will be your only other option and it too will have an increase in power. That’s not all; a new ten-speed automatic will be available with the four-cylinder and the V8 which Ford says manages quicker shifts and better acceleration. Meanwhile, the six-speed manual gets a twin-disc clutch and a dual-mass flywheel meaning it’ll be able to handle more torque. We really can’t wait for some figures because these adjustments to the drivetrain should make the new Pony so much more fun to drive. And, it’ll be more comfortable and smoother on the move too thanks to the addition of MagnaRide damping as part of the Performance package.
As for the exterior, this mid-cycle refresh sees smaller headlights with three short strips of LED daytime running lights, a larger grille, a redesigned bumper, a lower bonnet (it plunges 20mm than before) with redesigned vents, and horizontal turn signals. Around the back, there’s a revised bumper, redesigned LED taillights and a much bigger spoiler. EcoBoost cars get dual exhaust while the V8 features quad-exhaust, ten new wheel designs are offered and three new paint colours too: Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson.
The cabin has been updated too and the highlight is the addition of a digital instrument cluster – making the Mustang one of the first Fords offered with this tech. The optional 12in LCD unit is fully configurable (it can display different information for the normal, sport, and track driving modes) and it’ll pack active safety and driver assist technologies such as Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and Driver Alert System. And you’ll also be able to personalize the exhaust note via an optional active-valve exhaust system. See, this isn't just a little refresh and we can't wait to get our hands on the newbie, hopefully around the end of the year.