Ford is showing off 2018 Mustang at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on February 13, 2017

Aiming to build hype for its 2018 Ford Mustang, the American automaker is showing the face-lifted sports coupe at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. Just like other carmakers displaying their wares in Chicago, Ford is also showing potential customers what the new Ford Mustang could offer to them.

While it is the first time that Ford showed the 2018 iteration of the pony car, the Chicago Auto Show presents a good chance for those who are still aching to see the new Ford Mustang, which now features a redesigned front end and a restyled rear end.

On the outside, the new 2018 Ford Mustang is now provided with lower remodeled hood, which is around an inch (2.54 cm) lower than before. This bonnet and its matching vents – now repositioned -- give the 2018 Ford Mustang a more aggressive and more dynamic appearance on the road. Its upper and lower front grilles also received a bit of remodeling. Moreover, Ford gave the new Mustang a set of all-LED headlight lights with available fog lamps.

At the rear, the 2018 edition of the Ford Mustang comes with a new rear bumper and reworked LED tail-lamps. In addition, the EcoBoost-powered Mustang features a dual-tip exhaust as standard while the V8-powered Mustang GT gets a quad-tip exhaust. The 2018 Ford Mustang also features subtle modifications on the spoiler and bumper while its rear diffuser now features a more complex form.

Three new colors – including Orange Fury – have been added to its exterior palette with 12 alloy wheel designs to choose from. Owners could also avail of a customizable digital instrument cluster on the 2018 Ford Mustang.

Underneath, however, the new 2018 Ford Mustang is saying adieu to its 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. The V6 powerplant had been one of the available engines for the Ford Mustang, along with the 2.3-liter GTDI I-4 engine (Four Cylinder EcoBoost) and the 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine. The decision to drop the V6 engine was rather easy.

Although it features more cylinders (six vs. four) and higher displacement (3.7 liters vs. 2.3 liters) than the four-cylinder EcoBoost powerplant, the larger naturally aspirated V6 is in the losing end of the deal when it comes to power output and torque as well as fuel efficiency.

In fact, the smaller yet turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine offers better figures in the 2017 Ford Mustang -- delivering up to 310 hp of output at 5,500 rpm and up to 320 lb.-ft. of torque available at 3,000 rpm. Moreover, the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined.

For the 2018 model year, Ford has vowed to make the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine more powerful than before. While the carmaker has yet to give any details on the new power levels of this engine, it should deliver more output and more torque than the 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of the current version.

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