History has a tendency to repeat itself. And this time 2018 Ford Mustang will catch a bit of its history again. And we don’t talk about lower sale number between 2009 and 2014 when sales were well below 100k. While Mustang didn’t receive any powertrain updates for 2017 model year, the next one will. That’s right.
2018 Ford Mustang – Revised Engines
A long time ago (1987-1993) Mustang didn’t have V6 available. There was 5.0-liter V8 with the less powerful 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine in the lineup. After that, in the last 24 years, Ford Mustang was available with 3.7-liter V6. 2018 Ford Mustang goes back to its roots. Ford will drop the naturally aspired V6 engine and the only two engines that will remain are V8 and 4-cylinder one. While exact output numbers aren’t available, we know that today’s engines are much more powerful than 25 years ago. Ford updated 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and added new overboost function. The numbers should be close to those in Ford Focus RS. In other words, we expect around 350 horsepower and 350-lb-ft of torque.
The 5.0-liter V8 is even more revised. While Ford jealously keeps output number secret, we expect a jump from currents 435 to over 460 horsepower. The only thing that Ford revealed by the words of Mustang chief Carl Widmann is that there is only one carryover piece, and that is the crankshaft. Ford engineers also installed new fuel delivery system, both port, and direct injection. Also, two gearboxes will be available for either engine. The first one is updated six-speed manual or optional new 10-speed automatic which was developed for Ford F-150.
2018 Ford Mustang – Visual Updates
To boost power and appearance, Ford installed quad instead of dual exhaust pipes. There are also other visual changes. The biggest one comes with the Performance package, and it is thoroughly tested rear wing. Good news for those who doesn’t like this Subaru WRX STI style is that Performance package buyers can opt out this rear wing. But there are also other visual tweaks without mentioned package and those include headlights and rear lights with LED technology. Hood, front and rear fascia are just slightly redesigned. In other words, it remains a Mustang.
2018 Ford Mustang – Interior And Safety
In the cabin of this coupe or convertible, the buyer will have same gauge cluster in low spec Mustangs. But there is also new 12-inch digital cluster available. The user can personalize it with three modes, Normal, Sport, and Track. Other than that, the cabin has soft-touch materials, while steering wheel has optional heating feature. The safety level of Mustang isn’t that miraculous. While 2018 Ford Mustang should have a better rating in front crash prevention with added pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, Ford should also tweak its front end to score better rating in small overlap crash test. 2017 Mustang coupe has “A” (acceptable) rating. In addition to the pre-collision system, there are now also lane-departure warning with the lane-keeping assist.
2018 Ford Mustang – Release Date, Price
New Mustang will be available for purchase in the third quarter of 2017. The pricing shouldn’t jump much higher than current. We expect number close to $27.000 for the 2.3-liter one, while the version with V8 will be closer to $35.000. With this modifications, Ford will, even more, threaten Mustang’s rivals, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Charger and Challenger.