You can never talk about sports cars without mentioning the Mustang somewhere in the discussion. The Mustang has managed to consistently maintain its position as the best-selling sports car in the U.S. The 2018 Ford Mustang has now even managed to take over Europe where it is the current best seller among sports cars. Despite this dominance, Ford has had to always look behind its shoulders for the Chevrolet Camaro. Read along for more information:
2018 Ford Mustang Exterior
One thing that makes the Mustang stand out is its stylish, yet intimidating exterior profile. Over the years, Ford has managed to maintain a unique look for the Mustang. This is set to continue as Ford has only announced mild changes for the Mustang for the 2018 model year.
The majority of the changes are at the front. The 2018 Ford Mustang will feature a trapezoidal grille with a similarly shaped air vent below the grille Triangular cutouts and new, slim vertical corner vents have replaced black fog light. You will also find new, LED headlights whose corners point downwards on both sides of the grille for an even more aggressive look. The engine hood is also new and sits lower compared to the one on outgoing models. At the rear, Ford has added a new license plate recess, a new diffuser and revised tri-bar taillights.
While the base Mustangs powered by the EcoBoost engine get dual exhaust tips, the GT will feature quad units that are adopted from racecars. Buyers will have more exterior colors to choose from since the 2018 Ford Mustang will be offered in three new colors; they are Royal Crimson, Orange Furry and Kona Blue. There are also 12 new wheel designs to choose from.
2018 Ford Mustang Interior
The interior of the Mustang carries over from the current model almost unchanged. Some of the new additions include hand-stitched seat covers with padded knee bolsters and attractive contrast stitching. There are also new colors and patterns to choose from. The aluminum finish has also been used unsparingly on the door handles, bezels and rings, which give the cabin a premium feel. Heated steering wheel is optional on both models.
The most interesting piece of information is the Mustang’s new, customizable 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster. It can be customized according to the usage of the vehicle, the Track mode is perfect when you take the Mustang racing on the tracks, the Sport mode when you feel like flying down the highway while the Normal mode is selected during normal driving on the streets. A separate mode dubbed “My Mode” is offered to enable drivers to customize settings for suspension, steering and throttle preferences. The Ford SYNC Connect is optional as is the FordPass. The latter enables a driver to perform various functions such as unlocking, locking or even starting the vehicle from a far via a Smartphone.
Safety is well taken care of with a package of driving aids including collision warning that features emergency braking. Others are lane departure warning with lane-keep assist, drowsy driver monitoring, rear-cross traffic alert, a reverse camera and blind-spot warning among others.
Engine Specs and performance
Under the hood, Ford has discontinued the V-6 engine leaving the Mustang with the EcoBoost and V-8 mills. Both engines have received a power hike but official figures are not yet out. On the V-8, the automaker has added both dual-fuel high-pressure direct fuel injection and low-pressure port fuel injection that has enhanced the model’s power output and fuel efficiency.
The V-8 also features a twin-clutch and a dual-mass flywheel. Both engines will be mated to a new 10-speed automatic gearbox that offers less frictional losses, quicker shift times and better low-speed response.
Price and release date
Due to the discontinuation of the V-6 engine, expect the base 2018 Mustang to be more expensive. Most likely, the base model will have a starting price north of $27,000 while the EcoBoost Premium model may attract over $33,000. The V-8 powered Mustang GT will attract much more. Keep it here for all the latest updates on the new Ford Mustang 2018.
The Chevrolet Camaro is the Mustang’s biggest rival. However, the Dodge Challenger is another model that poses threats to the 2018 Ford Mustang. However, Ford has set their sight on the premium market commanded by the likes of BMW 4 Series.