We’ve had a little time to get used to the sixth-gen Mustang’s new look thanks to a leak earlier today, but now Ford has given the refreshed pony its full reveal.
So, what’s new? Quite a lot, it turns out. For starters there’s the redesigned front end that’s already the talk of the Internet, plus the new hood scoops, rear light bars and rear wing. But the changes are more than skin deep, with Ford festooning the Mustang with a lot more tech than it had previously.
We’ve always found the Mustang’s suspension to be lacking finesse, but that’s now been addressed with ‘MagnaRide’ adaptive dampers, available with the Performance Pack. Next up on the menu is the optional active exhaust, which will let you decide exactly how shouty the GT version’s 5.0-litre V8 is.
In the cabin meanwhile, you’ll find that the old physical dials are gone. They’re replaced with an all-new digital dash centred around 12-inch LCD screen.
In addition to the optional adaptive dampers, all models get new shock absorbers, a new cross-axis joint at the rear and new stabiliser bars. According to Ford, all that should “bring sharper response and handling.”
In terms of engine line-up, the big news is that the 3.7-litre V6 is no more. The range now consists of only the 2.3-litre Ecoboost and 5.0-litre V8 GT, with the latter engine receiving a few tweaks. It revs higher and is more powerful (although Ford hasn’t said by how much) thanks to a new high-pressure fuel injection system.
If you found the pre-facelift car’s colour pallette a little lacking, we have good news. The facelift brings the choice of more colours, plus 12 different wheel designs. Lovely.
Finally, the last big change for the Mustang is the new optional 10-speed automatic gearbox. It’s available on both the Ecoboost and GT, and comes with a set of steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The refreshed Mustang will be on sale in North America this autumn, arriving in Europe some time after.