Everyone’s favorite pony gets a new saddle for 2018.
Ford is giving the Mustang an update for the upcoming model year. It boosts performance, adds technology, and smooths out some angles.
We didn’t have issues with the current Mustang. But Ford really does know how to do a freshening right. So no complaints here.
Let’s start with the exterior. Ford gives the model a new front and rear design. Ford calls the lines “Leaner and meaner.” From the looks side, the hood dips more sharply downward forming a smaller front fascia area. The hood offers new vents and the rear offers a new spoiler. This adds up to an overall more aggressive look.
Under the hood, powertrains ditch the old 3.7-liter V6 for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter V8. The V6 only made up about 15 percent of sales. Ford retunes the 5.0-liter to the tune of the most powerful Mustang GT engine ever.
The manual transmission gets upgraded and the automatic transmission option is the new 10-speed from the F-150. A nice boost from the previous six-speed automatic.
Tech improvements are seen in the now all-LED head and tail lights across the trims. Yep, even the base trim Mustang will offer full LEDs for 2018. Twelve alloy wheel designs and exterior paint colors make a more visual difference. Check out the new Orange Fury color.
Peek inside. An optional all-digital instrument cluster offers three different view choices and a rainbow of color options. The seat restyling offers new colors and patterns. The key fob and badge designs are new.
The Mustang steps into 2018 with new driver-assist tech. It now offers Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian alert, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and Driver Alert System. The FordPass app lets you start, lock and unlock your car right from your smartphone.
The 2018 Mustang rides into dealerships in the fall.