Car News 18 Jan 2017

Ford’s Mustang gets a facelift for 2018

The refreshed Ford Mustang has been officially unveiled with tweaks to styling, new technology and additional gearboxes.

The new model gets front-end stylistic changes including a lower sleeker bonnet, new grille, a sharper angled bumper and new chin spoiler. There are two triangular air intakes and slimmer lower air intakes on the new face. The new pony has tweaked headlights, which are now all LED with the same recognisable light signature. The rear receives a redesigned rear spoiler, diffuser and bumper. The car is available in additional paint colours and there is an extended choice of alloy designs.

The interior has been updated and new technology added to give the mustang a more premium feel. There is better quality trim, a digital dashboard and a wider selection of colours available. The seats have been updated and aluminium detailing added to the cabin. For an added premium buyers can choose a 12-inch LCD digital infotainment cluster. The car can now be locked and started with the smartphone app Fordpass.

The 2018 model comes with pedestrian detection, pre-collision systems, lane keeping Aid and Driver Alert system. The Mustang also features new shock absorbers to improve the cars ride quality and an active exhaust system. The optional Mustang Performance Pack gives the 2018 Magneride adaptive dampers.

The engine line-up for the UK remains the same consisting of the entry-level 2.3-litre 4 cylinder Ecoboost and the tweaked 5.0-litre V8 engine in the GT. There are 3 different drive modes and paddle-shift levers. The powertrains can be linked to a choice of gearboxes optimised for the Ecoboost of V8: a six-speed manual transmission or the new 10-speed automatic.

The 2018 Mustang will be released first to the US market and then in 2018 go on sale in the UK. Pricing and specification if yet to be confirmed.

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