2018 Ford Mustang Gets Facelift, Ditches V6

Ford Motor Company makes a bold move with the next generation ‘Stang.

byCaleb Jacobs|
2018 Ford Mustang Gets Facelift, Ditches V6

The Mustang's new exterior design is the most obvious change for the next model year. A drastically revised front fascia is the first bit you notice as the headlights and bumper are unique to years prior. Many are uncertain on this refresh, saying that it could be a step back in the Mustang's styling department; concurrently, others thing its the next logical move for the car's design language. Nevertheless, you'll be able to tell the difference between the 2017 and 2018 model year.

Interior styling changes are relatively minor when compared to the exterior. The Mustang gains a digital instrument cluster that modernizes the cockpit by adding some subtle tech. The display is customizable, allowing you to view engine vitals as well as unique Track Apps that measure lateral G and lap times. Overall quality is said to be improved upon for 2018 as well, keeping the retirees happy when they sit inside.

Powertrain revisions are another headliner for the Mustang's next generation. You'll be able to purchase one with Ford's new 10-speed automatic transmission, the same gearbox that's popping up in various Ford models. The 5.0L V8 receives a new wire arc spray-bore cylinder lining first seen in the GT350's 5.2L, helping the engine handle extra horsepower and torque. Performance figures are yet to be released, but expect them to be noticeable gains over the current Mustang. Lastly, Ford has decided to do away with the 3.7L V6. This leaves the EcoBoost as the pony car's only alternative to the V8, promoting low end torque and improved fuel economy.

2018 will be a big year for Ford and their flagship sport model. The Mustang will come with many different options in several trims including Magneride suspension and active-valve exhaust systems, satisfying all of your modern muscle car cravings. Throughout the range, the Mustang is shaping up to be quite different to those of old, making it an all around car for a broader demographic.