Flummoxing the motoring press and a good chunk of the general public, Ford chose not to reveal its restyled 2018 Mustang during the press preview day of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Rather, it dropped the restyled pony car eight days later at their own product development centre.
Most noticeable is the new front and rear styling, reminding this author of a sleepy cat. However, a new lower hood and grille does deliver a leaner look. The upper and lower front grilles have been refined a bit, helping to compliment a new position for the hood vents. Around back, the taillights are all-new LEDs.
For 2018, Ford drops the long-in-the-tooth V6, leaving Mustang shoppers with a choice of turbo-four and V8 power. The 2.3 EcoBoost four will slip into an overboost function when drivers drop the hammer, while the 5.0L eight-cylinder is promised to be more powerful and rev higher. Specific horsepower and torque numbers for both engines were not revealed. Manual and automatic transmissions can be paired to either engine, with the auto being able to count to ten on its cogs.
There are a few changes inside, primarily in the form of some upgraded materials, but the big news is Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. Similar to what’s available in certain Audis, this customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate dashboard configurations, depending on what the driver wants to see. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode.
Also worth mentioning is what Ford is calling an adjustable engine note. Said to deliver an “audible experience like never before”, it’ll apparently deploy an all-new active valve exhaust system as an optional on GT trims, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. It remains to be seen if it will be genuine sound or synthesized noise played through the car’s speakers. The mention of an active valve in the exhaust system gives us hope for the former.
Different style, fewer engines, and buncha tech. What’s your take on the 2018 Mustang?