2018 Facelifted Mustang Takes Center Stage For Ford In Chicago

As you well know, Ford’s idea of a mid-cycle facelift for their current generation Mustang was a complete front fascia overhaul, among other, more subtle tweaks.

Also, this marks the 2018 Mustang’s first official auto show media day appearance, arriving in Chicago after skipping the official press days of the Detroit Auto Show last month.

This is also the first time we get to see it in “red”, which is a befitting color for one of America’s most iconic muscle cars, posing here in GT spec.

To recap all the aesthetic changes, you’re looking at new headlights, a new front bumper, winder grille, new and lower bonnet, C-shaped taillights, a black diffuser and a rear wing for GT versions such as this one.

There’s also a new 10-speed automatic gearbox option for both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost as well as the 5.0-liter V8, where the latter gained direct injection and fuel injection.

As for interior changes, there’s an optional digital cluster with a 12″ screen for those who don’t like regular analog gauges, Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and a Driver Alert system.

The cabin also gained better quality materials with softer plastics being positioned near the driver’s line of sight as well as aluminum inserts.


  • john1168

    I LOVE this new Mustang! But I still wish it had an optional moonroof available like the Camaro and Challenger has. I’m still not crazy about those triangle intakes on the front but I’m luvin’ the new headlights. A lot of improvements on this new Mustang. Can’t wait to see how it performs with the mrsc shocks, the D.I. motor and 10 speed auto.

  • Dave Sturge

    I keep wanting to like the refresh, but there is something that makes it look ungainly now. Is the grill just a tad too wide now. It’s amazing how a small subtle change can make such a big difference.

    • Jay

      agreeeed… it is way too wide n narrow. The lights are the bit that should have stayed as wide. quad exhaust is a nice touch but the front is a mess. Those slats at the bottom of the front are ungainly and dont even line if.. and those cheap fog things, yikes.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Wider grill to cook more meat?

    • dumblikeyou2

      I don’t like the way the front fend curves downward now. If it was like that before the facelift, it now looks more noticable. It just looks like it was done more for aerodynamics to benefit MPGs, and then the design worked around it. Function over form should not be the goal of an aspirational “niche” car.

  • SteersUright

    Ford MUST address the latest safety tests showing too many weaknesses in mustang chassis. Also, they should really do a lightweight edition with the coyote engine!

  • Stephen Baxter

    This is one of those things where color really makes or breaks it.
    The red and orange look just awful to me, while white,black,and grey are not bad at all 🙂

    • Jay

      yeah the grey is the only option to hide some flaws. black would just be giving up.

  • Mark S

    There is nothing I like about the front end of this car. Much to much over hang and those silly fangs. Give me 2017 Mustang with the 2018 rear end and its game on.


  • Dennis James

    Ford really fixed the botched first version with this facelift. I mean, the Challenger and the Camaro looked worlds better and something had to be done. The facelift looks good, looks refined. But I worry about that 2-star EuroNCAP rating…hopefully they fixed the safety too.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The Challenger never looked good under any circumstances. The Camaro looks good but is an ergonomic mess. As an owner, I admit the safety ratings are disquieting.

  • Jorge Teixeira

    File under “facelifts gone wrong”. Fortunately, the car’s original design is so good it even makes this bearable

  • Matt

    I think Ford deliberately fitted this show car with awful wheels to take heat away from the controversial new front end.

    Well Ford, it didn’t work. I noticed the front – and I’m not completely sold on it. It looks like an aftermarket bumper.

  • Bob

    There is way too much Mondeo happening at the front of this car.

  • psiqtas

    I know now what FoMoCo is doing with its ‘stang – they are chasing their ex-Jaguar (later XK designs…)