Ford Unveils the Refreshed 2018 Mustang; Here's What to Expect | Edmunds

Ford Unveils the Refreshed 2018 Mustang; Here's What to Expect

You may have heard that Ford made some news at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show with the introduction of the updated 2018 F-150 and the announcement that it would bring back the Ranger truck and Bronco SUV by 2020.

Turns out that's not all the carmaker has up its sleeve. At the height of the auto show, Ford whisked away journalists to its Product Development Center in nearby Dearborn to get a peek at yet another upcoming new model, the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Ford told those in attendance that it set out to make the 2018 Mustang the most technologically advanced model ever. After hearing about all the changes, we think it could be the best Mustang yet, too — with the exception of those Shelby models, of course.

For the 2018 model year, the Mustang sees a number of changes from the inside out, beginning with improvements to the V8 and turbocharged four-cylinder engines and the discontinuation of the V6. The 5.0-liter V8 receives new direct fuel injection, but it retains its port fuel injection as well. With this setup, fuel delivery is optimized and engine compression could be increased (a 12.0:1 ratio, up from 11.0:1) for a bump in horsepower and torque, though no figures are available yet.

The 2.3-liter EcoBoost won't necessarily receive any significant hardware changes, but with the introduction of a new 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford is retuning the engine's boost control systems for higher torque output and improved acceleration.

The 10-speed automatic will also be available with the V8, providing quicker shift times but also better fuel economy when you're not on the sauce. Upgrades to the V8's six-speed manual transmission include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel, similar to what's in the Shelby GT350. This lessens clutch pedal effort, making for easier modulation even as it's able to handle greater levels of engine torque.

As far as suspension and handling improvements go, Ford says it's equipping the 2018 Mustang with the suspension components from the 2017 Performance Packs as standard. The new Performance Packs for 2018 models will include an adjustable high-tech MagneRide suspension currently offered on Shelby GT350 models. An all-new Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tire with more grip and less rolling resistance will also be included.

The exterior of the Mustang receives some prominent changes as well. The new hood has vents and now sits lower over a new front fascia and upper and lower grilles. New standard LED headlights, with their surrounding iris-like bezels, take on the appearance of eyes and will hold your gaze if you kneel down to their level.

At the rear, a new fascia and lower valance underscore LED taillights that have a slightly more pronounced C-shape. GT models will get a new dual exhaust system with quad tips and active valves, as well as a larger off-deck trunk spoiler. Comparing pre-recorded exhaust sound tracks at the event, the valves produce a louder and more metallic snarl across the rpm range

On the technology front, the driver instrument cluster will consist of a fully configurable 12-inch LCD display, with a range of colors and layouts that have the potential to keep you entertained for hours. Ford's Track Apps have also been improved to deliver virtual time slips after acceleration runs. And lastly a new forward-facing camera expands the active driver safety features, which will include lane departure and lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam control.

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