Ford's famous pony car is now in its sixth-generation model and is available in the Philippines in four variants. This includes the Mustang EcoBoost 2.3-liter Premium AT, Mustang GT 5.0 Premium Fastback AT, Mustang GT 5.0 Premium Convertible MT, and the Mustang GT 5.0 Premium Convertible AT. All of these Mustang variants are rear-wheel-drive, and either uses a six-speed manual transmission, or a ten-speed automatic transmission. There are two avialable engine options for the Philippine-spec Mustang. The first is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-4 gasoline engine capable of producing up to 310 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque. The second, more powerful engine is a 5.0-liter V8, which can churn out 460 horsepower and 569 Nm of torque.
The Ford Mustang has been around since the 1960's. Since then, the Ford produced pony car has been through six-generations which were sold in numerous countries around the world. It wasn't until 2015 when the Mustang entered the Philippine market.
For 2018, Ford then gave the pony car an update. This one was made its debut at the 2018 Manila International Auto Show, and it recieved a new convertible variant, a new exhaust system, as well as a magnaride suspension system.
The Philippine-spec Mustang can either come in a fastback configuration, or a convertible configuration. Common among these two different layouts is a wide, aggressive grille, a long hood, and the three-bar taillights. Speaking of lights, this pony car from the Blue Oval are also equipped with LED headlamps, LED turn signal lamps, as well as a front fog lamp. For wheels, all variants of the model rides on a set of 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Ford Mustang has six avaialble color options. This includes Magnetic Metallic, Competition Orange, Red Race, Oxford White, Black, and Tripple Yellow Tri-Coat.
Inside, the Mustang for the Philippine market gets a well-arranged, premium interior made out of a combination of sturdy plastic, leather, and metal. There's an abundance of soft touch surfaces, which includes the touch points on the interior door cards, on the elbow rests, steering wheel, and on key spots on the dashboard.
For seating, its four occupants make use of leather wrapped seats and are kept comfortable by a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The driver is then provided a multi-function steering wheel with tilt and telescopic adjustability, a push to start button, and a digital gauge cluster. The driver's seat on all Mustang variants can also be adjusted electronically.
Technology & Safety Features
To handle entertainment, the Ford Mustang for the Philippine market is equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen capable of connecting via Ford's Sync 3 software. It also has Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, and an aux-in port. The said infotainment system is linked to a 12-piece Shaker Pro audio system.
For ease of use, the Ford sports car comes standard with adaptive cruise control, a rear view parking camera and parking sensors, hill-start assist, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, and an auto-dimming rearview mirrror.
For the EcoBoost variant, safety is handled by seven airbags. The GT variants on the other hand get five airbags. The entire variant lineup however, comes standard with anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, stability and traction control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, a tire pressure monitor, a car alarm and engine immobilizer, and ISOFIX child seat tethers.
Platform & Chassis
The American coupe uses Ford's S550 platform, but like all the model that came before, it retains the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. For suspensions, this Ford model uses a McPherson Strut for the front, and a fully independent rear suspension. Braking is handled by disc brakes all-around, and all trims of this car uses a hand operated manual parking break.
In terms of dimensions, the Mustang is 4,788mm long, 2081mm wide, and is 1,395mm in height. It's wheelbase has a length of 2,721mm, and it has a ground clearance of 137mm.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Philippine-market Mustang has two engine options. The smaller one is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-4 gasoline engine. At most, this four-banger can produce up to 310 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque. The GT variants get the larger, 5.0-liter V8 gasoline Coyote engine, which can make up to 460 horsepower and 569 Nm of torque. The only variant that gets a six-speed manual transmission is the Mustang GT 5.0 Premium Convertible MT. The rest are equipped with a ten-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters.