The 2018 Mustang is going to be seeing an exterior as well as a mechanical refresh, however many are wondering how much of a departure it will be from the current S550. Spotted on it’s first road public road test in Dearborn, MI, a heavily camouflaged S550 was rolling around on a set of 2010-2012 GT500 wheels, teasing some updated exterior features.
2018 Mustang Glass Roof?
One of the most missed features of the S197 was the panoramic glass roof option. In these spy shots, the one part of the body aside from the windshield that is missing camo is the roof and appears to be as shiny as glass. Ford had hinted previously that the glass roof may return, they were just never specific as to when. Based on these images, it looks like 2018 will be the year of the return of the glass roof.
2018 Mustang Hood Design
Despite the heavy camo, one of the easy design changes to spot is a lowered hood profile. While the 2015-2017 Mustang features a raised, aggressive hood line, some enthusiasts have complained of visibility issues. For 2018, it looks like the S550 Mustang will get a sleeker, more leveled hood that may help with visibility. Some forum users have surmised that the hood looks like it has been lowered as much as an inch.
2018 Mustang Front Fascia and Headlights
While the front fascia and headlights of this prototype basically have a black tarp covering them, we have heard mumblings of a revised front end for 2018, which some of the lines of this prototype car seem to support. As with every refresh, Ford seems to replace the Mustang’s headlights, which I would argue is a safe assumption for the 2018 model. Outside of that, it is hard to pull too much away from this vehicle.
2018 Mustang Rear Bumper and Tail Lights
The rear bumper of this prototype is only partially in place and sparingly filled out, which means we will be seeing a revision in 2018. While it is unlikely that Ford will move away from the iconic tri-bar tail lights that have been a hallmark of the Mustang since 1964-1/2, it is probable that they will be getting an updated look as well for 2018.
2018 Mustang Engine and Transmission
The S550 currently has the 435 hp 5.0L in the GT, the 305 hp 3.7L in the V6, and the 310 hp 2.3L in the EcoBoost. While there has been some rumor that the GT will get an updated 5.0L, possibly with a larger displacement such as a 5.2L, there hasn’t much talk around the other engine options.
It would not be too surprising if the V6 was was phased out in 2018, but it’s hard to say considering its popularity with rental car companies. It is likely to see a revamped EcoBoost engine now that the Ford Focus RS has come out with the same engine pushing 350 hp.
As for the transmission, the manual option will most likely remain being the MT-82, however the automatic will be swapped out for the 10R80 10-Speed auto, a transmission that will be shared with the 2017 Ford Raptor.
When Can You Buy a 2018 Mustang?
While there is no official release date as of yet for the 2018 Mustang, it is a mid-cycle refresh that is expected mid-next year, with a possible early 2017 reveal. More than likely, enthusiasts will get their first glimpse of it at the Detroit Auto Show. Be sure to check back to the blog to see any updates that get released as we will be closely following the release of the 2018 Mustang.
How do you think Ford will revamp the current engine options for the Mustang in 2018? Will the EcoBoost go up to 350 hp and the GT get a 5.2L or is this just wishful thinking?