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EXCLUSIVE: Ford Mustang Refresh Comes Into Focus

Will this car reverse the Mustang's recent sales slump?

Considering the vast numbers of reports we've published on Ford's impressive sales figures for the Mustang, it's perhaps understandable to see a recent tail off in demand. What perhaps wasn't expected, though, was the revelation that the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro have seen a sudden spike in demand lately, in spite of the drop in the 'Stang's popularity. As a result, Ford likely needs a refresh released for its pony car soon, and these are the first pics we have of the updated Mustang.

Since the car in question is extensively camoflaged, there isn't a huge amount that we can deduce from this new images, though there are admittedly some details to find. For example, the eagle-eyed among you will have probably noticed the new LED light arrangement that you can just about make out through the gap in the camo covers, and it does appear pieces like the front air intakes and rear bumper have (unsurprisingly) been tweaked slightly for the facelift. More cosmetic alterations will undoubtedly be a part of this mid-life refresh, but don't go expecting anything too revolutionary with this 2018MY update.

The real big news about this update, however, involves what's under the bodywork. Our sources suggest a power increase for both the 5.0-liter V8 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engines will be in store, and fuel consumption improvements will also be part and parcel of this refresh. A large portion of the extra MPGs this newer Mustang will be able to return are expected to be largely facilitated by the introduction of a 10-speed automatic transmission that Ford's co-developing with General Motors. More comprehensive details are due to be disclosed during the car's official unveiling in early 2017.

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