Ford has revealed the newly revamped 2018 Ford Mustang – in both coupe and convertible formats – for Europe, which we are safe to assume is close to the vehicle that will be delivered to the UAE and the Middle East. The new iteration of the iconic sportscar has more meaner styling, some engine and suspension upgrades, addition of advanced driver assistance technologies and more customisation options.
The 2018 Ford Mustang profile has enhanced LED lighting technology – LED foglights are also available. The front headlight bezels also have been restyled to reflect the trapezoidal shape of the upper grille. The bonnet profile is now lower with integrated air vents, combined with a revised lower grille design to add visual aggression while being more aerodynamic. The 2018 Ford Mustang’s rear-end design includes a re-modelled bumper and diffuser, accommodating standard quad-tailpipes for the 5.0-litre V8 model. In addition, Mustang is now also offered with a new optional boot spoiler. And a choice of 11 bold exterior colours – which include three bold new metallic paints namely Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson – and new 19-inch forged alloy wheels are offered in multiple finishes each with a unique character, including Nickel, Ebony Black and Polished Aluminium.
On the insides, soft touch materials now feature for the door linings and the door handles finished in aluminium. The centre console features a new hand-stitched, soft-touch wrap, finished with stitching in a contrast colour. Leather-trimmed, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel are also offered across the line-up for the first time. Right-hand drive customers can also opt for the leather Recaro racing seat option in Ebony Black leather.
Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine has been further developed to deliver 450 PS, supported by Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, which also increases low-end torque. The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost delivers 290 PS, and offers a more responsive experience thanks to a transient overboost function – triggered under heavy acceleration. The advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission offers greater mechanical advantage i.e greater fuel efficiency, and improved acceleration. Steering wheel-mounted paddles-shifters allow drivers maximum control. Ford’s 6-speed manual gearbox is enhanced with a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel, for greater durability and quicker gear changes. The engine delivers Launch Control as standard for maximum traction and consistent standing starts. Electronic Line Lock that applies only the front brakes, allowing the driver to spin the rear wheels and warm the tyres while stationary, is now standard across all models.
Two new Drive Modes are now offered in addition to Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet Modes:
- Drag Strip Mode optimises performance for maximum acceleration standing starts and quarter-mile performance at dedicated drag racing strips
- My Mode enables drivers to select their own preferred settings for performance, dynamics and exhaust sound
The 2018 Mustang gets a sophisticated new MagneRide adjustable suspension that can can deliver a lightning-quick response to changing road conditions and selectable Drive Modes, including a new customisable My Mode option. A new Active Valve Performance Exhaust even delivers an innovative Good Neighbour Mode for early-morning or late-night driving.
Recalibrated shock absorbers improve stability through corners, and rear suspension is stiffened with a cross-axis joint. Thicker anti-roll bars also better control body-roll for sharper handling.
New Mustang driver assistance technologies including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid. While the insides will be dominated with soft-touch materials and a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.
The new Ford Mustang will be offered to customers in Europe driver assistance technologies including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. Mustang for the first time will also be offered with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid. The sophisticated technologies will contribute to an improved Euro NCAP rating safety rating.
The new Ford Mustang also features Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with a central 8-inch touch screen. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™.
Deliveries of the new 2018 Ford Mustang for customers in Europe will begin in 2018 and it should reach the UAE and the Middle East soon after.