The newest Mustang delivers. Don’t get us wrong, there aren’t many complaints about the 2017. But the refined 2018 makes all the right adjustments. It has an updated look, more powerful engine options, an updated chassis, and new, available 10-speed automatic transmission.
Even Better Looking
The fascia has been refreshed for a leaner, more athletic appearance. It doesn’t stray from the signature modern Mustang look, but it’s less bulky and more aerodynamic than the 2015 redesign in the way that Under Armour compression shirts changed the way athletes look in comparison to wearing cotton blend t-shirts. The all-LED front headlights are sleeker and match the lowered front hood, with repositioned hood vents. It has a refreshed dual grille design and LED signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, and projector high-beams are all standard for the Mustang line. The rear fascia also gets a refresh with new bumper and more futuristic tri-bar taillights. A new performance spoiler is available and a dual-tip exhaust is standard for the 2.3 L 4-Cylinder option and a quad-tip exhaust is standard for the 5.0 L V8. There are a dozen alloy wheel designs and new color choices including Orange Fury and the return of Kona Blue.
Step inside the cockpit and experience an even more premium Mustang than the previous refresh. New hand-stitch wrapping, premium finishes, and restyled seats add to the high-end look and feel. A 12-inch customizable instrument display is available with sport and track mode as well as MyMode memory functions that retain preferred drive settings. Collision warning with pedestrian detection is a newly introduced safety feature to go along with distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and driver alert.
The 3.7 L V6 makes its exit, as the 2.3 L EcoBoost 4-Cylinder and newly revamped 5.0 L Coyote V8 become the only engine options. The new 10-speed automatic transmission and MagneRide suspension are both available and take performance and driving experience to a new level for the Mustang. The 6-speed transmission carries over as standard. While Ford hasn’t released numbers yet, you can speculate similar numbers from the 2.3 L engine as what’s offered in the Focus RS Hatchback (350 hp and 350 lb-ft torque). The current 3.7 L V6 pumps 300 hp and the current 2.3 L EcoBoost pumps 310 hp. Pending final numbers from Ford, the V8 also has an increase in horsepower and torque.
The 2018 Ford Mustang arrives in showrooms in fall 2017.