After leaking out yesterday, Ford has decided to officially reveal the 2018 Mustang. For 2018 Ford’s pony car has received a tweaked exterior design, more powerful engines, a 10-speed automatic and a digital gauge cluster.
The b-roll video that leaked out yesterday was legit, so we’ve already seen the revised exterior design of the 2018 Mustang. Essentially the headlights have been swapped out with droopier looking ones, while the front fascia has subsequently been revamped with some new angles. Overall the design changes are modest at best.
The bigger news with the 2018 Mustang is the mechanical upgrades. Ford will now offer MagnaRide suspension on the normal Mustang, while both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and 5.0-liter V-8 engines are gaining more power with some new upgrades. Of course, Ford has not disclosed what the new power ratings will be on the 2018 model.
The Coyote V-8 power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V-8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. Ford recently applied this dual-fuel injection approach to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6.
Both the EcoBoost and Coyote V-8 will be available with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission, which recently launched in the 2017 F-150. Owners can also opt for a revised six-speed manual gearbox as well.
Ford is dropping the 3.7-liter V-6 from the 2018 Mustang lineup.
In addition to the mechanical changes, Ford is also launching a new 12-inch LCD gauge cluster that will be optional on Mustang. The all-LCD cluster will be highly customizable as part of a broader new customization function called Mustang MyMode. MyMode will allow owners to customize the Mustang to their liking, down to a the exhaust note thanks to a new active exhaust system. Other customizable features will include suspension, steering feel and interior light color.
Ford is also adding the company’s host of safety features to Mustang for the first time. Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System.
Ford says the 2018 Mustang will go on sale in North America this fall. Expect powertrain details and pricing to be announced closer to the car’s launch.