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Refreshed Ford Mustang now in the open


A day after leaking online in a promotional video, Ford has revealed details of the facelifted Mustang expected to debut in North America around September.

As previously detailed, the refreshed version of the Blue Oval's iconic pony car gets a revised front end consisting of a new lowered bonnet, grille, elongated full LED lights, new bumper, dual exhausts for the EcoBoost and quad units for the GT, new alloy wheels, revised LED taillights and boot spoiler.

Inside, the instrument cluster drops the analogue / digital layout for a 12-inch LCD screen with customisable display options including for Normal, Sport and Track modes. In addition, drivers can also adjust the engine note with the GT also featuring a new active exhaust system as an option.

Other interior changes include hand-stitched wrap on the centre console, padded knee bolsters, aluminium finishes on the door handles and bezels and optional heated steering wheel.

Sitting lower than before, the Mustang boasts new shock absorbers, cross axis joints in the rear suspension and revised stabiliser bars for better handling. As part of the optional Performance Package, a standard feature currently available on South African-spec models, the Shelby-derived MagnaRide damper system makes an appearance for the first time.

Confirming previous speculation, the slow-selling normally aspirated 3.7-litre Duratec V6 engine falls by the wayside, with tweaked variants 2.3-litre EcoBoost and 5.0-litre V8 now the only powerplants offered. No power and torque specifications were however revealed.

Also new, the outdated six-speed automatic makes way for the much talked about 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors, while the standard issue six-speed manual benefits from a new twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to help with the extra torque on offer.

Pricing is only expected to be announced closer to the Mustang's release date.

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