Los Angeles – Being global, as Ford’s Mustang became in its latest generation, means keeping with the times, even if you are a pony car lugging at nostalgic heartstrings.
So without further ado, let’s check out the Mustang’s mid-life refresh, which includes a subtle facelift front and back as well as upgraded engines, a new digital instrument cluster and some driver-assistance gadgets.
The exterior design changes are nothing radical, but Ford has redesigned the grille, bumper and bonnet and those aggro-looking new all-LED headlights will feature across the range, as will the revised LED taillights.
The big news under the bonnet is an upgraded 5-litre normally aspirated V8 engine, which gains a new ‘dual fuel’ high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, which improves lower-end torque and increases high-rpm power. However, Ford has yet to disclose how many ponies the new motor actually makes. Same goes for the extra torque produced by the mildly-revised 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol option.
Both engines will be available with an improved manual gearbox or an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission. The former is a much-needed addition as the previous six-speeder did the car no favours during high-speed cornering.
Another area where some welcome modernisation takes place is inside, where besides a few new trims and design touches, there’s the option of a new Audi-style 30.5cm LCD digital instrument cluster, offering easy personalisation through three separate views (normal, sport and track).