2018 Ford Mustang Facelift Loses V6, Gains New Face, 10-Speed Auto And Digital Cluster

After a successful career of almost two-and-a-half years on the market, the sixth-gen Ford Mustang is getting its awaited facelift for the 2018MY.

The mid-life refresh brings on a tweaked face for the 2018 Ford Mustang, courtesy of the new headlights, redesigned front bumper, a wider front grille and a resculpted bonnet that’s 20mm lower. At the back, we see new C-shaped rear light clusters, the diffuser that is now finished in black, and in the GT, a small rear wing.

The big news is that Ford is ditching the 3.7-litre V6 option from the range as it was already the weak member of the sales chart, with the company focusing instead on the 2.3-litre EcoBoost and the 5.0-litre V8 versions which now gain a new 10-speed automatic gearbox option.

The manual gearbox that’s paired with the 5.0-litre V8 has also been upgraded with a twin-disc clutch and a dual-mass flywheel while the new ten-speed automatic is said to offer faster shift times and responses than the outgoing six-speed automatic.

The V8 engine itself is also getting a refresh, gaining a direct injection and port fuel injection which makes it more frugal and more powerful at the same time but Ford hasn’t provided any figures yet. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost is also going to offer more torque than before.

Other revisions include the addition of an optional digital cluster with a 12-inch screen instead of the traditional analog gauges, offering three separate views –normal, sport and track mode. A new active valve exhaust system allows the driver now to adjust the soundtrack of the V8-equipped versions while Ford has also given the 2018 Mustang a range of active safety systems such as Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System.

The new Ford Mustang also benefits from new shock absorbers, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension which allegedly increases lateral stiffness and new stabilizer bars to further sharpen the car’s responses and handling character. MagneRide adaptive dampers are also available as an option for the first time.

Finally, the interior now features “improved touch points” which is another way of saying softer plastics at the driver’s immediate vicinity, and visual cues aiming to give a more premium look. These include a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters in the center console, with the door handles, rings and bezels now finished in aluminum.

Ford will launch the new 2018 Mustang in North America this fall, so stay tuned for the full details.



  • roy

    see your erstwhile lover jag…. they know how to do a facelift

  • TheBelltower


    • rover10

      There’s nothing botched here, the frontend is now much more harmonised, and the smaller lights allow the grille to be wider, so there’s not much wrong with that. Well done Ford a good job.

      • TheBelltower

        The front end needed an update, but this one isn’t good. It is weak and soft. The update adds some clunky low-rent aftermarket looking lighting that don’t do it any favors.

      • john1168

        You work for Ford, don’t you???

        • rover10

          No, just saying what I think. The changes are very subtle and don’t in anyway deserve the almost hysterical reactions that I’ve read. The changes will not disappoint Mustang customers especially when they see it on the highway.

          • TheBelltower

            I don’t think it’s hysteria. I called it “botched” because the front of the car wasn’t great to begin with, and the update isn’t any better. It was a wimpy barbidoll front end, and the nose job was an opportunity squandered.

      • Rich Money

        why does the grill need to be wider. it was already hellawide. too wide, some say.

        • Six Thousand Times

          You can cook more meat on a larger grill.

  • T_Cake

    We all remember the Fox Body Mustang. Can this be the Butterface Mustang?

    • donald seymour

      I was just thinking that. This kind of reminds me of the Fox Body, which was very nontraditional in appearance. The front fascia doesn’t suit the car as a whole.

      • T_Cake

        I loved the Fox Body, but that was when I was a kid and thought that the mighty 5.0 was pretty much the coolest thing on the road.

    • Jay


    • Cameron


  • baofe

    Not digging the refresh it feels too complicated up front and more dopy looking.

  • U8INIT

    Very nice refresh for the stang

    • donald seymour

      Man, I noticed that most of your comments are very positive and optimistic. Good for you.

  • McF1


    • Cameron


      • Eythan Aldrich

        dude they get it already….now stop spamming the same-ass comment

        • Cameron

          Wait hang on hang on I got something for this.. let me think, let’s see, hmm…


          • Eythan Aldrich

            ok captain “camerno”

          • Tumbi Mtika


  • Chad Gordon

    I might be nitpicking, or just plain Blasphemous to the mustang faithful, but the mustang on the front looks really out of place. Why couldn’t they stylize the logo to make it look like it belongs on that car?

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    This car looks like it should be blasting Everybody Hurts whenever it’s on the road. It looks so sad.

  • Benjamin B.

    Very glad to see the GT’s dashboard trickle down to the pony car. And I didn’t realize the Mustang was the best selling sport coupe in the world, according to Ford. I did hear about the Mustang becoming the best selling sport coupe in Germany. Anyway the headlights look like they came off of a Jaguar. New XE coupe?

  • Dennis Scipio

    I do like that it has apple car play and android auto.

  • Honda NSX-R

    It’s growing on me honestly. These pictures make it look a lot better, especially in silver.

  • Nik

    10speed auto? facepalm

  • Michael_66589

    better than 2015, but still it looks like european car, not american legend.

    • Cameron


      • Six Thousand Times

        I’ll go with “What should your ma have said when your old man asked her to get it on with him” for $500.

  • Rick Alexander

    I’ll never understand the basis for some of the criticisms on this board. How can you give a sound critique from just looking at a picture? Until I see this in the flesh, all I can say is that it looks different. The interior shots seem to show an improvement. I wish they’d make the steering wheel a bit smaller, and less chinzy. Lose the cheap chrome, and add some brushed aluminium or carbon fiber. The front also seems to slope downward more, giving the Stang a more aggressive appearance.

    • donald seymour

      True that.

  • J Rivera

    The silver one looks like a Jag XK-RS

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Goodbye, V6. We won’t miss you. You were the butt of everyone’s jokes, and frankly none of us really liked you.

  • Deckard_Cain

    Why did they do that to the headlights??? It looks much worse than the pre-facelift.

    • alexxx

      couldn’t agree more….

  • Zandit75

    Looks better in the studio photos than the poor quality video posted yesterday.
    I prefer the charcoal colour too. It would be nice to see more colours.

  • Cameron

    Looks like it has down syndrome.

  • Matt

    Why get your 2018 Mustang modified when it looks like a Saleen straight from the factory! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4abb8e02f4452a7a27e52e8a5fa9c63639fca7aabb00a68dcd1189bd22ca7705.jpg

  • BlackPegasus

    Yeah, cuz when I hear “EcoBoost” I think full throttled power and masculinity. 😆

    • Kash

      might as well start offering a shade of pink exclusive to the EcoBoost engine. lol.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Double post dude. Looks like Disqus f#$%ed up again.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      It’s a good thing it has history on its side…

  • Dennis James

    When I first saw the new generation Mustang, I just found it ugly, unattractive compared to the previous iteration. This facelift goes a really long way toward fixing that. If you disregard those stupid yellow turn signals (like it will be the case in Europe) it looks really, really good. At least to me. Good job to whom designed it !

  • psiqtas

    FoMoCo miss too much Jag & Aston Martin or what? That front looks like a catfish…not shark…and that decklid spoiler is terrible, without it lookf the rear far better!

  • Kash

    Does it look like it has a unibrow to anyone else?

  • Craig

    I think it’s silly to show off a car 9 months before you can get one.

  • ErnieB

    It’s looks much nicer than the odyssey I am driving right now..

  • Mr E Fella

    So thats what a Mustang with a European face looks like. its really low lights and grill make it look a little droopy if im honest. Is it an improvement to the generic faced original of this generation? yes it is. is it muscular and intimidating like a muscle car should be? no, no it isnt, but thats been a flaw of this generation from the beginning. stop trying to make it look like a cheap plasticy version of a jag/aston lovechild and give us a simple no mess no fuss meat & 2 veg gives no F’s muscle car instead.


  • dumblikeyou2

    Happy to see Ford finally put one of those infamous rejected 90s Mustang concept designs to good use. Score.

  • Tumbi Mtika
  • smartacus

    390 lb.ft. from the 2.3 is more than an E39 M5 V8.

    That plus 10-speed will make it pretty fast

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s starting to grow on me.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Hipsters! Get away from my car! Some nice improvements but too bad they’re killing the six rather than putting one of their better turbo Ecoboost sixes into it. A 2.7L turbo V-6 makes more sense to me than the 2.3 litre four. Ah well…

    • Kash

      What do you expect? They also priced the V6 as the base model while the Turbo4 was the mid range model. Ford’s logic isn’t the best at times.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Well, I see what they were thinking…the V-6 was a pretty basic thing, a low-feature unit built mainly for the rental fleets. To paraphrase Matt Damon, Ford scienced the shit out of the Ecoboost four to make it more than competitive in the marketplace – if still out of character for a Mustang. It’s easier for the likes of us to yap on the internet than it is to actually run a car company but I would like to see (and drive) a Mustang with one of Ford’s juicier sixes under the hood.

        • Kash

          I’m pretty sure the reason they kept the i4 over v6 was because they spent too much money developing the i4, but that’s just a feeling i’m getting.

          • Six Thousand Times

            You’re probably right.

  • Ali

    Don’t like American junk at all … but Ford is doing a good job, gotta give it to them.

  • thunder bolt

    picture # 69. guess which one has more steroid?

  • TheHake

    Very narce!

  • nauticalone

    Overall it’s ok…but agree the front could have been more attractive than this is.

  • BGM

    I’ve been trying very hard to avoid a mid life crisis auto purchase. This makes it harder still… Very nice overall. If they put yellow turn signals in the back I’ll consider it.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I succumbed to the urge almost a year ago. So glad I did.