The Ford Mustang facelift with pinches to the engine, styling, suspension, interior and exhaust all but altering the car for the 2018 model year, was showcased at the Frankfurt motor show. On display at the Frankfurt motor show, under the bonnet, both the 5.0-litre V8 and 2.3-litre EcoBoost engines have been tweaked, with the former boosted to 450hp from the pre-facelift car’s 415hp. The 2.3-litre engine has been reduced to 271hp from the current car’s 317hp. Ford claims that the lower power of the 2.3 EcoBoost is due to increased back pressure within the exhaust, from the addition of a gas particulate filter to comply with Euro 6.2 emissions requirements. Performance is not affected, the brand says, due to the addition of an over boost function and Ford’s new 10-speed auto gearbox being obtainable with both engines.
The interior gets a raft of changes, including a new 12-inch LCD instrument display and more generous use of soft-touch plastics on the center console and doors. Equipment has been upgraded to include LED lights as standard, and adaptive cruise control is also available. On the outside, Ford has lowered the bonnet and integrated air vents into it, while the grille has been redesigned into a slimmer, sleeker unit. The back of the car has been pulled, with a redesigned bumper and diffuser. The Mustang also gets three new shades – blue, orange and red – and gets new 19-inch alloy wheel design available in three finishes. The pre-facelift Mustang is presently on trade in India at an ex-showroom, Delhi price of Rs.69.08 lakh, and the new model is probable to arrive in 2018.