Our spy photographers have caught up with what we believe to be the 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible undergoing testing on the roads of Dearborn in Michigan. The convertible along with its coupe sister were heavily camouflaged particularly on its front and rear fascia.
This is an indication that the 2018 model will flaunt revised fascias. However, considering the model recently underwent a more comprehensive revision for the 2015 model year, I don’t expect many changes. According to credible sources, the automaker is also planning to offer new special packages for the model including the popular “Mach 1”. Read along to find out what Ford has in store for us next year:
2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Exterior
Due to the heavy camouflage, our photographers could not get a clear shot that reveals the changes done on the model. However, except for the soft rooftop of the convertible, it is usually identical to the coupe. I expect the two models to share the same body even for the 2018 model year.
From the photos we have, it is clear that the convertible will feature new LED headlights at the front. I also expect the grille to be revised albeit slightly and a similar treatment to the bumper. The side intakes will likely be enlarged and given a chrome treatment. Except for the possibility of new wheel designs, I expect the flanks to remain unchanged.
Like the front fascia, the rear one is also heavily camouflaged which is an indication that the model rear has been revised. Specifically, the camouflage hides revised LED taillights. It is also likely for the automaker to offer revised exhaust tips, a diffuser-like element as well as a new rear spoiler that is sportier than the current one. The exterior will also be offered in a host of new colors including the Mustang’s iconic “Grabber Blue”. More information will be available when we capture a testing mule with less camouflage.
2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Interior
Just like the exterior, we are unable to specifically tell how the cabin of the 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible looks like due to the camouflage. I do not expect Ford to change the cabin as a more comprehensive redesign was added for the 2016 model year. The new SYNC 3 will definitely feature.
I hope Ford will consider spreading the system to more models as it was only offered on the Premium package in the 2016 models. Yet again, the automaker is set to offer the California Special Package. This package comes with unique ebony leather upholstery with Mike suede inserts on the seats, embossed logos and a red contrast stitching. These packages are specifically targeted to customers looking for a dose of exclusivity in their models.
Engine specs and performance
As of this writing, there have not been any reports intimating a likely change of the Mustang’s engine lineup. The base engine will remain the 3.7 L, naturally aspirated V-6 mill that is currently rated at 300 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine may however be revised for more power output to help models attain a sub 6 seconds 0-60 mph run.
The next engine in the lineup is a turbocharged 2.3 L, 4-cylinder EcoBoost mill. This engine is good for 310 horses and 320 lb-ft of torque. The engine may also be revised for more power output, which will see its 0-60 mph sprint reduce to five seconds flat for models equipped with an automatic transmission and maybe 5.4 seconds for models using a manual gearbox.
At the top of the lineup will be the 5.0 L V-8 power-plant that produces 435 horses and 400 lb-ft of torque in the current model. I understand there are plans to tweak the power-plant to produce around 450 horses and around 420 lb-ft of torque. Such a boost in power will likely result in a 0-60 mph run of around 4.2 seconds for models paired with an automatic transmission system, which is very impressive for an every-day use convertible. EPA ratings will be released close to the model’s on-sale date.
The most exciting news is the fact that a new 10-speed automatic transmission system, a product off collaboration between Ford and GM will replace the current 6-speed automatic transmission system.
Price and release date
Ford may showcase the model at the Los Angeles Auto show this November or at Detroit in January next year before delivering the Mustangs into dealerships in the second quarter of 2017. As for the price, Ford is still keeping details a secret but expect the model to start at around $28,000 with the top trims attracting in excess of $40,000.