From a bare-bones muscle car of yore, Ford’s Mustang sports car has evolved quite a lot over the years. The latest generation clearly signals that it has European luxury cars in mind
Author: Chandan Basu Mallik
Ford Motor Company redesigned the Mustang family extensively for 2015 both over and under the skin. The topless Mustang which will arrive in showrooms in time for the 2018 model year has also received the same updates inside, outside, and under the bonnet as hard top sibling.
For the current iteration which has reached its mid-cycle refresh stage, the cars receive cosmetic enhancement to give them a fresh and modern look. The revised package includes smaller headlamps that encompass heritage-laced strips of LED daytime running lights, a redesigned front bumper, new LED tail lamps, revised rear bumper and lowered bonnet line. Overall, all these make the car look leaner and meaner.
Like the coupe, the Mustang convertible is available with a digital instrument cluster for the first time ever. The optional 12in TFT unit offers three separate fully configurable settings. It can be set up to display different information for each of three driving modes — normal, sport, and track. User friendly smartphone apps include Ford’s very own FordPass through which owners can call to start, lock, unlock and even locate their car.
Under the chassis, the suspension package has been reworked and features an independent hardware to replace the live axle in the rear end. Performance Package Mustangs will be offered MagneRide, an available magnetorheological adaptive damping system that has been duly borrowed from the track-ready Shelby GT350.
Powertrain options have been streamlined and Ford has dropped the naturally aspirated 3.7-litre V6 entirely from the Mustang line-up. Now, the entry-level engine is the turbocharged, 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder. The 5.0-litre V8 has been carried over from the previous model, but it now uses both direct and port fuel-injection systems to deliver more power and better gas mileage. Both engines transmit power to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a brand-new 10-speed automatic unit which uses real-time adaptive shift scheduling for optimising gear shifting and holding pattern.
The list of available electronic safety-related driving aids has been expanded to include precollision assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, a lane-departure warning system, and lane-keeping assist.