Ford sold 11 units of the Mustang last month in the domestic market and is expected to launch the facelifted version sometime next year
In India, the Mustang is sold in a single GT variant with a price tag close to Rs. 75 lakh (ex-showroom). The two-door pony car has inspired generations with long bonnet and short deck and is currently in its sixth generation globally. It is powered by a 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8 engine generating 395 bhp and 515 Nm of peak torque, and is mated to six-speed automatic transmission.
It comes equipped with paddle shifters that help transfer power to the rear axle. The Mustang is offered with four driving modes such as Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow or Wet and is praised by many for being an everyday sportscar. In November 2018, Ford sold 11 units of the Mustang in the domestic market and when compared to the corresponding month last month 175 percent YoY growth was registered.
The right-hand-drive Ford Mustang is brought into the country via CBU route and assembled locally and when launched in mid 2016, the first lot was sold in no time. The American auto major is expected to introduce the facelift in India next year capitalising on the model’s popularity. Unveiled at the beginning of 2017, the updated Mustang features design and mechanical tweaks, revised interior with modern equipment, improved cabin quality, etc.
The mid-cycle refresh of sixth-gen Mustang has adorned new headlamps, restyled front bumper, wider grille and more sculpted bonnet, new C-shaped tail lamp cluster, blackened diffuser, a small rear wing in the GT model, quad exhaust of the vintage oldies and so on. The 3.7-litre TiVCT naturally aspirated V6 petrol engine has been shelved and a new ten-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM is available with 2.3-litre EcoBoost and 5.0-litre V8.
It is calibrated for quicker response and faster shifting. The 5.0-litre V8 with manual transmission has been upgraded with a twin-disc clutch and a dual-mass flywheel while the India-bound GT version has become more powerful to produce 460 bhp and 570 Nm torque with zero to 100 kmph time of under four seconds with the optional Performance Package.
A whole suite of driver assistance and safety features are presented as part of the facelift along with mechanical upgrades. We can expect most of them to be included upon its expected arrival in India in 2019.