Ford Mustang updates for European market

Published on: September 11, 2017
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market
Ford Mustang updates for European market

What's the news?

Ford is updating the Mustang for the European market, and the new version gets slightly revised styling and some major mechanical updates.

The styling updates include a lower bonnet line, with new vents integrated into it, new headlights, which are slimmer and now include integrated daytime running lights, new rear lights (now all-LED), and an optional boot spoiler.

There are some new paint options too - Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson - and new 19-inch forged alloy wheels which can be had in three different finishes; Nickel, Ebony Black and Polished Aluminium.

Inside, the styling changes are minimal, but Ford claims that the updated Mustang cabin is now more 'premium' in feel (which to be honest, it would want to...) with a new optional heated steering wheel, new soft-touch materials, and optional Recaro bucket sports seats.

Safety equipment has also been improved, partially in response to sharp criticism by such as Euro NCAP of the Mustang's standard safety systems. Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection are now standard, while adaptive cruise, distance alert, lane departure warning and lane keeping are all now on the options list.

On the tech front, there's a new optional all-digital 12-inch instrument panel, largely lifted from the GT supercar, which also features some video-game-style animation when you activate tyre-burning 'Line Lock' mode (as if that feature wasn't already juvenile enough...).

The central eight-inch touchscreen also gets an update to the latest SYNC 3 software, which means you now get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well.

On the mechanical front, the biggest update is to the 5.0-litre V8 engine, which sees its maximum power climb to an M3-matching 450hp, thanks to a new high-pressure direct fuel injection system. There's also a new ten-speed automatic gearbox option. "Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time," said Matthias Tonn, Mustang chief programme engineer, Ford of Europe. "The Mustang's new 10-speed transmission enables the engine to deliver peak power and torque while up-shifting, for faster acceleration and seamless performance. We expect the result to be our fastest accelerating Ford Mustang yet."

Launch control comes as standard for the V8 engine and the six-speed manual gearbox has been uprated to handle its extra power. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine has seen its power fall, though. Ford says that the updated engine now develops 290hp, down from 310hp previously.

The suspension has also been updated, with recalibrated dampers ('Magnaride' adaptive dampers are an option), stiffer rear suspension and thicker anti-roll bars.

In addition to the existing Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet driving modes, there are two new options; Drag Strip Mode, which optimises all the systems for the fastest possible standing starts, and a 'My Mode' function to allow you to mix and match various functions.

There's also a new sports exhaust which features a 'Good Neighbour Mode' to quieten everything down when you're starting up on those early airport runs.

Deliveries of the new Mustang will begin in 2018.




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