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A sneak peak at the 2017 Ford Mustang facelift
By Derek Fung, CarAdvice.com.au • 20/10/2016
The facelifted Ford Mustang coupe and convertible have been spotted in and around the company’s headquarters just outside of Detroit, Michigan.
Visually, this facelift is expected to be a rather light update to the sixth generation Mustang. Despite wearing camouflage all over the body, we can’t make out any major changes to the car’s sheetmetal.
There are fabric patches over the prototypes’ headlights, grille, front fascia, and tail-lights. Expect detail changes to the grille and lower air intakes. The headlight internals have been altered, and now feature an LED ring around the main lighting unit.
At the back, the design of the bumper has been tweaked slightly, while the tail-light design has been revised. In all likelihood Ford will also make some adjustments to the large plastic element tying the tail-lights together.
These vehicles also feature temporary exhaust tips and empty space where the diffuser-style element would normally fit, so we can expect changes in that department too.
It’s under the skin where the Mustang will receive more attention. In addition to the usual raft of suspension, handling and engine updates, a leak in June confirmed that the revised Mustang will be available with a 10-speed automatic transmission in addition to the current six-speed manual and six-speed auto options.
The new 10-speed transmission was co-developed with General Motors, and has been developed specifically rear-wheel drive cars. So far, it’s already surfaced on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the Ford F-150 Raptor.
With plenty of pent up demand and no natural predators, the Mustang has been selling strongly in Australia and other overseas markets. Sales in US have slowed recently, with Ford forced to to halt production for a week at its plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, while also ceding its monthly sales crown the Camaro for the first time in years.