2018 Ford Mustang Facelift will soon make its Malaysian debut – Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) announced that the update of the Sixth Generation S550 will be featured at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) next week, with Orange Fury tri-coat metallic 5.0L GT fastback you see in the pictures screen, especially flew in for the show.
No mention of when the updated pony car will officially be sold here, but we know it comes, both in 5.0L GT and 2.3L EcoBoost fastback variants as before. According to SDAC, bookings for the car on KLIMS start, and although pricing has not yet been specified, it should not be far from the pre-facelift versions.
Announced in January last year, the face-slipped S550 has a number of exterior audits as part of its update. The grill, bumper and front body have been restored, as well as the chain, which now has repositioned hoods.
The face lift now has standard LED lighting as standard, complete with a triple daylight light radius. There is also a new front LED turn signal and fog lamp. With regard to the rear, changes include a new tri-bar LED tail light design, new bumper, a new black diffuser and a revised exhaust hood configuration – EcoBoost gets dual tips, while GT is equipped with a quad layout.
The interior will mean improved touch points and materials for a more prominent appearance. The centering console adds a new hand-wrap wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee tips, while door handles, rings and fittings are now made of aluminum.
Aside from the 8.0-inch display for the Sync 3 infotainment system, Mustang now ships with a 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster that offers screen customization for Normal, Sport and Track modes as well as color and measurement layout. There is a MyMode feature that allows you to store drive settings, including suspension and control settings. A new key fob is also part of the update.
No change in engine configuration, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0 liter Coyote V8 are maintained, despite the increased power and torque outputs on Coyote, the improvements are largely due to the use of dual fuel, high pressure direct injection and low pressure injection injection, which is new to V8.
In the North American version of the car, the truck sets 460 hp and 569 Nm, a slight increase of 435 hp and 542 Nm at the front end, but the Malaysian spec car probably has 454 hp and 556 Nm seen on the Australian version.
In the case of 2.3 liters of EcoBoost, the unit makes the same power as before (310 hp), but the torque has been raised from 434 Nm earlier to 475 Nm. This is less on the Australian spec car, at 441 Nm.
The major change comes in the form of the partnering transmission. The old ZF-based 6R80 SelectShift six-speed unit has been replaced by the Ford 10R80, a 10-speed unit seen on the Ranger Raptor. The car manufacturer says the new 10-speed accelerator offers faster shift times, better low speed tips and significantly reduced friction losses.
New is also a Drag Strip mode, eliminating the time lost during shifts, and this goes together with Normal, Sport +, Track and Snow / Wet on the available driving mode list.
Mechanical improvements come in the form of upgrades to the chassis for improved driving and handling. Changes include new shock absorbers that provide better driving control and a new rear axle in the rear suspension to increase side steering. There is also an active valve exhaust system, standard on the GT, which allows the exhaust gas to be adjusted.
The KLIMS 2018 showcar – which was still in a local warehouse when these shots were taken, so you have to excuse the protective covers – is a 5.0L GT in its Premium-level trim, denoted by four-speed gearbox for driving on the center console.
The show car also has a GT Performance package, as seen by a number of elements, although it may seem that it may not be the complete package, but cherry picked items from the basket.
Items found on 19-inch Ebony Black-colored wheels, as previously seen, now wrapped with 255/40 front and 275/40 rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires (the pre-facelift GT was originally shod with Pirelli P Zeros), and the Brembo six-cylinder front brake caliper are also featured in the preamble here. Other clues from the GT Prestanda package that include a front airplug and an interesting named Motor Spun Aluminum intrusion panel trim.
Exclusions that indicate that this is not the package in its entirety, consists of a painted black ceiling and a silver backing bar, and the tail on this is completely missing a wing – while this was a removed item on the pre-facelift performance package. It included now in the new group specification, with a performance rear device intended for the fastback.