New Mustang Offers More Technology, Exhilarating Performance; Mustang Convertible Arrives in the Philippines

Ford All New Mustang at the Manila International Auto Show

New 2018 Ford Mustang

  • The new Mustang boasts an aggressive new design, more powerful performance, innovative performance tracking technologies, and a range of customizable options for a more personalized driving experience
  • Available in four variants, including the sporty Mustang convertible: 2.3L EcoBoost 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT convertible, 5.0L V8 GT 6-speed MT convertible
  • Imported from North America, the new Mustang is now available at Ford dealerships nationwide
Ford New Mustang 2018
Ford New Mustang 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Ford Philippines today officially unveiled the new Mustang at the 15th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), available in four exciting variants, including the sporty Mustang convertible for the first time in the Philippines.

The new Mustang offers an aggressive new design, powerful performance, and innovative changes in transmission, braking, and sports exhaust technologies, and arrives with more customizable options than ever, making each and every Mustang truly distinct.

“The Mustang is full of history and heritage, and its updated design, performance enhancements, and new innovative features will give Mustang fans something to really get excited about,” said Rodel Gallega, vice president, Marketing and Sales, Ford Philippines.

The new Ford Mustang comes in four variants: the 2.3L EcoBoost 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT fastback, 5.0L V8 GT 10-speed AT convertible, and 5.0L V8 GT 6-speed MT convertible.

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2018 Ford Red New Mustang
2018 Ford Red New Mustang

Powerful performance

The 5.0L V8 engine is extensively redesigned and accompanied by an all-new port fuel and direct injection (PFDI) fuel delivery system, packing 460 horsepower with 420 lb-ft torque.

The proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance, and improves to 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

For the first time in the Philippines, Ford is introducing a new 6-speed manual transmission exclusive to the 5.0L V8 GT Premium convertible that gives users full control in shifting gears.

A new 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance.

Should you want to take this shifting into your own hands, the SelectShift® system instantly enables clutch-less driver-controlled shifting with the steering wheel paddle shifters.

A direct transfer of technology from the Shelby GT350, the new Mustang 5.0L V8 GT is fitted with the new Magneride® Damping System. Through electronically-controlled shock absorbers and cutting-edge electromagnetic based damper technology, this system enables a nearly instantaneous adjustment of suspension performance every 7 milliseconds, resulting in a smooth ride quality, impeccable handling, and very flat cornering on highway or track environments.

Completing the experience of the Mustang 5.0L V8 GT performance is the new Active Valve Performance Exhaust, Ford’s most satisfying addition to their sports exhausts to date, which emits a more aggressive sound resonating with a deep rumble. This system allows drivers to select between four exhaust modes – Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Track, which are backed by electronically-controlled butterfly valves that open for performance and volume, and close during quiet cruising. For a more discreet start up, the Mustang’s Quiet Start option can be selected to minimize exhaust rumble during designated times.

2018 Ford Mustang at the Manila International Auto Show
2018 Ford Mustang at the Manila International Auto Show

Aggressive new design

The new Ford New Mustang conveys a sharp, yet aggressive new design that stays true to its long-standing heritage. New on the hood are functional air extractor hood vents and lowered hood line, resulting in a sleek, fluid look.

It comes with new LED fog lamps and LED headlamps with signature lighting complementing the redesigned LED tri-bar taillamps.

Below, the Mustang has an aerodynamic rear diffuser, acting as wake modifier, and on the front, is a lower splitter, accentuating the performance personality. The 2.3L EcoBoost variant is equipped with a dual bright exhaust with rolled tips, while the 5.0L V8 GT variants get a quad tip dual exhaust.

On the inside of the new Mustang is an updated interior, featuring a seamless blend of refined materials, producing a dynamic, and performance felt environment. Standard across all models are laminated acoustic windshields, steering wheel-mounted cruise, audio and 5 way controls and a 12- inch fully customizable LCD display cluster that allows the driver to select and save certain settings including active exhaust, steering mode and drive mode with just pressing the Pony button.

Innovative Technology

The new Mustang operates around innovative technologies that enable smarter, yet satisfying drives. All variants of the new Mustang come equipped with driver-assist technologies, including the following:

  • Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert that can alert drivers to vehicles detected in your blindspot
  • Lane Keeping Assist that enables you to stay where you need to be, warning you through a series of steering wheel vibrations when you’re drifting over
  • Backing up is easier with the Rear View Camera that automatically shows you what’s behind your vehicle on a display screen.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control that allows drivers to select speed and distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you.

To get the most out of the driving experience that the Mustang provides, Ford’s inclusion of TrackApps, its suite of applications, enables drivers to observe, review, or fine-tune their performance on the track. Here, drivers can select from a variety of performance features such Accelerometer, G forces, Acceleration Timer, Automatic countdown, Brake Performance, Lap timer, and Launch control and Line-lock for MT variants only.

A Mustang for Everyone

Customers can choose among these exclusive colors for the 5.0L V8 GT variants: Orange Fury Metallic (new), Kona Blue (new), and Triple Yellow Tri-Coat. Four additional colors, Shadow Black, Race Red, Magnetic Metallic, and Oxford White are available for all Mustang variants.

Ford All New Mustang at the Manila International Auto Show
Ford All New Mustang at the Manila International Auto Show photo via Ford Philippines FB Page

The new Mustang is available at Ford dealerships nationwide at the following pricing:

  • 3L Ecoboost with 10-speed AT fastback at Php 2,798,000
  • 0L V8 GT with 10-speed AT fastback at Php 3,478,000
  • 0L V8 GT with 10-speed AT convertible at Php 3,678,000
  • 0L V8 GT with 6-speed MT convertible at Php 3,578,000

Also See: Ford Philippines Launches All-New Ford Expedition at the 15th Manila International Auto Show

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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