The Ford Mustang is set to gain a 10-speed automatic gearbox option when it is facelifted in 2018.
The Mustang is currently available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, and US models will also gain a more efficient 10-speed automatic option next year.
Whether this gearbox will be available with both the 2.3-litre Ecoboost and naturally aspirated V8 engines or just the larger unit is not known yet. A possible outcome could be that the V8 gains this 10-speed option, while the smaller Ecoboost unit retains the six-speed auto option.
The new gearbox, which is also used in the Chevrolet Camaro, isn’t confirmed for Europe as of yet, but Ford’s global strategy has our sources convinced it will almost certainly be added to European cars, albeit several months later. US cars are already available with a naturally aspirated V6 engine, but this won't be coming to Europe.
New spy pictures of a development car for the 2018 model also show that the refreshed Mustang will receive exterior tweaks. Heavy cladding hides the changes, but it does at least show that the design updates will be focused on the car’s grille, front bumper, headlights and tail-lights.
The Mustang, which is available in both fastback and convertible body styles, has sold strongly in the UK since its launch in 2015. Ford says that current order waiting times have been pushed back to May as a result of strong demand, which amounted to 2400 sales between January and August of this year.