It’s only been a short couple of years since we’ve been familiar with the sixth-generation Ford Mustang but there’s already a facelift on the cards for the 2018 model year. Seen here in Fastback guise, it adopts some styling tweaks, improved tech, and some technical enhancements as well.
We’ve already covered the visual alterations, but basically it’s revolves around a revised front fascia. There’s reshaped headlights (which are now all LEDs), a narrower grille, and integrated fog lamps built in with the daytime running lights. The rear end design, too, has been slightly changed to improve aerodynamics.
The main technical highlight, though, is the introduction of a new 10-speed automatic transmission that promises quicker shift times and a more refined character at low speeds. Paddle-shifters are included, and the transmission software adapts to whichever driving mode is selected: Normal, Sport, and Track.
The new auto box was developed in collaboration with GM and shared with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In the Mustang, both the 2.3-litre EcoBoost and the V8-powered Mustang GT will be paired to it aside from a 6-speed manual.
Speaking of engines, the 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost has been updated to automatically engage the temporary overboots function during hard acceleration while the naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8 sees a more extensive rework. It now has a new fuel injection system that improves low-end torque, increases power at higher RPMs and incremental boosts to fuel economy.
If the V8 is chosen with a manual transmission, Ford has outfitted it with a twin-disc clutch and a dual-mass flywheel to further improve torque and an easier clutch modulation.
Inside, the updated Mustang receives Ford’s first ever 12-inch all-digital LED screen which replaces the analogue gauge cluster. The readouts displays different information based on which driving mode is selected and the driver is allowed to customise their own drive settings which can tie in to the new digital instrument cluster.
The Mustang also now includes new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection as well as added support to the Fordpass smartphone app, allowing drivers to start, unlock, and locate their cars via a companion smartphone app.