Ford’s tweaked Mustang gets new tech and a 10-speed auto, as well as a crisp new look
The 2018 Ford Mustang has been revealed, and will get the 10-speed automatic gearbox reported earlier this year.
The new ‘box, which is available with both the 5.0-litre V8 and 2.3-litre Ecoboost engines, is claimed to improve shift times over its predecessor, as well as offering different settings for the three drive modes. It’s controllable with paddle-shifters, too.
In addition to tweaked front and rear styling – which Ford claims offer aerodynamic benefits – and three new paint colours, the Mustang gets a digital dashboard replacing the dials of the outgoing model. Ford showed the same function in the GT supercar earlier this month, with a similar level of personalisation features on the Mustang.
Under the skin, Ford has upgraded the shock absorbers, claiming an improvement in ride quality, and has also fitted a new cross-axis jount and tweaked the stabiliser bars. All of these, Ford claims, improve handling. Buyers who pick the Mustang Performance Package will now benefit from Ford’s Magneride adaptive dampers, too. Exhaust note can be improved by adding the active valve exhaust option, too.
Ford has also included pre-collision systems and pedestrian detection on the Mustang, and adding to the tech upgrades us a memory function on the car’s computer system, which saves their preferred drive settings, including tweaks made to the steering and suspension. The Mustang’s headlight clusters are now all-LED units, too.
The 5.0-litre V8 has been tweaked to rev higher, deliver more power at high revs, and Ford also claims that better fuel economy is achieved. Clutch tweaks for the V8’s six-speed manual ‘box also increase torque.
Ford has also extended its Fordpass smartphone app to be compatible on the Mustang, so owners can unlock, lock, find and start their Mustang with their phone.
The facelifted Mustang won’t arrive in the UK until the beginning of 2018, and a small increase in price is expected. Entry-level cars will likely top £32,000.