Anton Andres / Ford | February 05, 2018 13:55
Ford Mustang Convertible headlines updated pony car line in the Philippines
If one looks at the buyer's guide, there isn't a lot of convertibles to choose from in the country. Ford Philippines hopes to rectify that by bringing in the Mustang Convertible. Along with the top-down 'Stang, the company will also be bringing in the updated coupe models in as well.
Unveiled last year, the Mustang gets a bolder look for the 2018 model year for both convertible and coupe body styles. Reprofiled headlights, a wider grill and a lower nose adds aggression to the pony car. The sides hark back to the 1960's with its 'coke-bottle' rear quarter panel while the signature three-bar taillights now have a curved design and also come with LED lighting. For the convertible, the rear decklid is flatter compared to the coupe, in order to accommodate the soft-top mechanism.
Tweaks to the interior have been applied to both body styles as well. Present are restyled seat surfaces along with new patterns and color choices. Also present are the hand-stitched center console with contrast stitching and the padded knee bolsters. Even the instrument cluster gets a digital overhaul with a 12-inch LCD screen that can be customized to one's preferences. It can be set to either Normal or Sport and can display three separate views.
For now, Ford Philippines has yet to announce equipment levels for the local-spec models. However, do expect the 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine or the 5.0-liter V8 to reside under the hood of the 2018 Mustang. More significantly, upgrades have been made to both engines with the 2.3-liter gaining torque while the V8 gets port fuel injection and a higher compression ratio. Also new to the Mustang is a ten-speed automatic transmission, likely to be the transmission option of the Philippine-spec Mustang coupe and convertible.