Ford's iconic pony car has received a redesign and is now in the Philippines. Making its official debut at this year's Manila International Auto Show is the updated and upgraded 2018 Mustang. It now packs a meaner look, new technologies and a slight bump in power.
But perhaps the most important additions in the 2018 Mustang is that it is now available as a convertible and can be specified with a manual gearbox. Yes you read that right, not only can one enjoy the pony car with the roof off, one can now also row their own in the Mustang.
Unlike the pre-facelift version which had a rounder and sleeker appearance, the 2018 Mustang comes with a sharper-looking design. Dominating the front fascia are the reshaped LED headlights, bigger front grill and the new hood. According to Ford, these revisions give the Mustang a 'meaner and more aerodynamic design'.
The rear also gets minor design tweaks, with the taillights bearing the most noticeable change as they now have a curved design. Meanwhile, a new rear bumper and diffuser, as well as a high-performance spoiler, round up the exterior tweaks on the 2018 Mustang. As mentioned earlier, the Mustang is now available as a convertible. Unlike the hardtop version, the rear decklid is now flatter in order to accomodate the folding soft-top.
Like the exterior, the cabin also gets the same retro-modern design. However, the 2018 refresh now sees the Mustang benefiting from a new 12-inch digital instrument panel. With it, users can customize its look depending on one's preference. Moreover, it can be set to either Normal or Sport and can display three separate menus.
New leather upholstery blankets the interior of the 2018 Mustang, as well as the hand-stitched center console with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters. SYNC 3 comes as standard and supports a myriad of multimedia features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Under the hood, both the hardtop and convertible Mustangs can be powered by either a turbocharged four-cylinder or an all-American V8. First up is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost which still produces 314 PS. However, it gets a signitificant torque upgrade as it now produces 475 Nm, 38 Nm more than before. Meanwhile, the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 now cranks out 460 PS along with 569 Nm of torque. Compared to the pre-facelift version, the upgraded V8 now produces 19 PS more and has an additional 27 Nm of torque.
A newly-developed ten-speed automatic transmission, along with a reworked six-speed manual gearbox are available for the 2019 Mustang. Starting with the former, Ford claimS it will deliver quicker shift times and reduced friction losses. Meanwhile, the six-speed manual (only available for the V8-powered GT) now comes with a twin-disc clutch and dual mass flywheel for increased torque capability.
Prices for the 2018 Ford Mustang range are as follows:
Ford Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost: Php 2,798,000
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback A/T: Php 3,478,000
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible M/T: Php 3,578,000
Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible A/T: Php 3,678,000