Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the 2018 F-150 at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford has revealed an updated version of its other iconic model, the 2018 Mustang.
The 2018 Mustang sports a refreshing new exterior design with a sleek, low profile hood and squinty new LED headlights. As for the interior, buyers can now opt for a 12-inch-wide full digital instrument cluster to compliment its retro-inspired cabin which advances the pony further into the 21st century.
The Mustang entry-level V6 has been pushed aside in favor of a two-engine option lineup that includes either a torquier version of the current 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder or a new 5.0-liter V8. The V8 features Ford’s “dual-fuel” port and direct fuel injection system (this already in use on several of Ford’s turbocharged motors) that helps it rev higher and produces highly efficient power, more than the 5.0-liter it replaces. The optional dual-mode exhaust system for the V8 will let you pump up the volume which will make heads turn as never before.
While both engines can match up with a 10-speed automatic transmission shared with the F-150, don’t worry, because a re-engineered six-speed manual will still be standard equipment. Newly engineered gearing gives the stick a direct drive fourth gear and two overdrives for improved fuel economy.
As for the Shelby GT350, There’s no word yet if it will get the snazzy new styling, or even continue into 2018 for that matter. But, its adjustable MagneRide active dampers will now be available on all Mustangs sporting the Performance Pack. However, the suspension has been updated for better ride control and handling across the entire model lineup. The base setup on all models is essentially the same as the outgoing model’s Performance Pack.
The 2018 Mustang is all about safe driving as it is equipped with Adaptive radar cruise control returns, a new camera-based lane-keeping assist and pedestrian-detecting automatic braking system.
In 2016 Ford sold 105,000 Mustangs in the U.S. making it the best-selling sports car ahead of its arch-rival, the Chevy Camaro, by just about 30,000 cars. While pricing for the 2018 Mustang has not been announced, we are told it goes on sale in the fall.