The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible is set to launch this fall, but months ahead of its grand debut, Ford decided to tease us all with two brand new photographs of the upcoming convertible. From what we have seen, it is pretty clear that the new model will embody most of the updates the coupe version of the Mustang received when it debuted earlier this month. Basically, the 2018 convertible is the hardtop without the roof.
Changes and Updates
From the design stand point, like with any other Mustang, there is absolutely nothing to complain about. The new model shares the exact same look as the coupe version which received some light exterior changes for the 2018 model year. These upgrades include a sharper new front, bent headlights and taillights as well as a new grille design and a slightly lower hood. Inside, there are also some changes, although a lot less noticeable. You might find a new digital gauge cluster and some subtle new design accents. There is also a variety of safety features, most notable of which is the Pre-Collision Assist.
Other noteworthy features for the 2018 Mustang include an active exhaust that will customize the sound and a new MagneRide suspension setup. Moreover, the droptop mechanism remains the same as the previous generation and the top itself recedes in approximately 10 seconds at the top speed of 3 mph.
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Engine and Powertrain
Under the hood, the new 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible will feature the same couple of new and improved powertrains as the coupe. A 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a more traditional 5.0-liter V8 engine, while the old V6 is noticeably absent. Power will be transmitted through a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox that is co-created with GM. There is also a 6-speed manual option.
Unfortunately, performance numbers have not been released yet. But we expect some substantial boost in power with this new set of engines. Of course, we will keep you updated if any new information emerges.
Safety and Crash Test Results
Something we hope the new convertible doesn’t inherit from the coupe is the “shocking” safety score the Mustang GT received just a few days ago. The ANCAP and European EuroNCAP crash authorities gave the Mustang just two measly stars. This disappointing result was justified by the absence of autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping assistance, that are becoming somewhat of a norm these days. Furthermore, the vehicle failed in the frontal-offset and side-impact pole tests when the airbags didn’t inflate correctly.
However, such tests were only conducted in Australia. And in the Mustangs’ primary market, North America, Ford got a five-star rating from NHTSA for the exact same model. This can be explained by the fact that the US models come with a set of standardized safety features that are not included in some of the other markets. Nevertheless, we hope that Ford can make up for these shortcomings by the time the new Mustang Convertible rolls out.
2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Release Date and Price
There is no official information regarding the release date and pricing that is available. However, the 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible is expected to arrive by the end of the year, and we suspect the pricing will increase slightly thanks to all of these updates. So, expect to see an increase of about $1000 – $2000 to the current starting price of $31.000. But please keep in mind these are just our predictions and not the official information.
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[image credit: caranddriver.com]