Ford Mustangs 2

Time for a facelift already? Soon, as production of the current Ford Mustang started in July 2014, making the pony car more than two years old now. An Autocar report says that the refreshed S550 will surface in 2018, and it will come with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Currently, the Mustang ships with six-speed transmissions (both manual and auto) for both the 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8. It is not known yet if the smaller engine will also get the 10-speed transmission, which already feature in versions of the Chevrolet Camaro.

The new gearbox isn’t confirmed for Europe yet, but the report adds that its sources are convinced that the ten-speeder will almost certainly be added to European cars several months later. There won’t be a V6 model to sit between the four- and eight-cylinder models in Europe, as is the case in the US.

The report’s source said that it’s likely Ford will make an announcement on the Mustang facelift at the Los Angeles auto show in November, or at the Detroit motor show in January next year.

This is the first Mustang to go global and have a right-hand-drive version, and it has been an unqualified success. The world’s best-selling sports car has sold strongly in the UK since it arrived there last year – the waiting list now stretches to May 2017. Ford UK sold 2,400 units of the Mustang between January and August this year, which is around half the volume of the Fiesta ST and 1,000 units more than the Focus RS.

The Mustang is available in Malaysia, too. Launched in June, it is priced at RM489k for the EB and RM599k for the GT V8.

GALLERY: Ford Mustang GT in Malaysia