The 2018 Ford Mustang doesn’t arrive in dealerships until the fall, but new information is trickling out about the packages it will offer. One confirmed example is the Pony package, which brings back the iconic corral grille.
It’s a subtle update, but one with tradition. The pony-in-corral grille design appeared on the first Mustangs in the mid-1960s, and it has been offered in various forms ever since. It made its most recent appearance on the 2015 Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition model.
Along with an updated grille, the Pony package also brings 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, bright beltline and window trim for coupe models, stripes on the lower body sides, and a tri-bar pony badge on the rear decklid applique. Inside, look for special floor mats with an Ebony embroidered pony logo. The package is available on EcoBoost models.
Ford hasn’t revealed many other details about packages, but one forum give us a better idea of what to expect. On Mustang6g, a forum member posted what appears to be the order guide for the 2018 Mustang. The guide reveals the Pony package as well as performance packages for the EcoBoost and GT models. A Black Accent package adds blacked-out exterior updates, a Carbon Sport Interior package features carbon fiber interior accents, and an EcoBoost Wheel and Stripe package adds side stripes to the exterior. Ford didn’t disclose how many ponies the updated Mustang GT gained, but it did say how it got them. The 5.0-liter V-8 now has direct and port injection, which should help improve its fuel economy, low-end torque, and power at higher revs.
For the 2018 model year, Ford tossed the V-6 engine, leaving the 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter V-8 as the only available choices on the Mustang. Although final specs remain a mystery, Ford promises improved power and fuel economy. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual and a new 10-speed automatic transmission. Also optional is the active exhaust, featured on the GT350. While not the same exhaust system on the GT350, it will feature 2 modes, with active baffles, that will open when under WOT.
The 2018 Ford Mustang goes on sale this October.