KLIMS18: 2019 Ford Mustang facelift previewed – 5.0L GT and 2.3L EcoBoost to go on sale next year

The Ford Mustang facelift has made its first appearance in Malaysia – Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) is currently displaying the refreshed sixth-generation S550 at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS), and it has been confirmed that the updated pony car will be going on sale here in 2019. As before, the Mustang will be available in both 5.0L GT and 2.3L EcoBoost fastback variant forms.

We’ve previously highlighted the show car, an Orange Fury tri-coat metallic 5.0L GT fastback that has specially been flown in for the show, but a recap. The facelift features a number of exterior revisions. The front grille, bumper, bonnet and fenders have been restyled, and the car now now features all-LED front lighting as standard, with LED elements including a three-bar daytime running light array, turn signals and foglamps.

As for the back, changes include a new tri-bar LED tail lamp design, new bumper, a new black diffuser and a revised exhaust tip configuration, with the EcoBoost featuring dual tips and the GT a quad layout.

The interior, meanwhile, gets improved touch points and material for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters, while door handles, rings and bezels are now finished in aluminium.

New to the car is a 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster, which offers display customisation for Normal, Sport and Track modes as well as colour and gauge layout settings, as well as an 8.0 inch Sync 3 infotainment system.

The 5.0 litre Coyote V8 in the GT has been updated, with improved power and torque outputs. While the North American version has 460 hp and 569 Nm (up from 435 hp and 542 Nm on the pre-facelift), the Malaysian-spec car is now confirmed as having the same 454 hp at 7,000 rpm and 556 Nm at 4,600 rpm numbers as the Australian version.

As for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost, the unit makes the same amount of power as before (310 hp), but torque has been bumped up from the 434 Nm to 447 Nm (475 Nm on the US version). Both engines are paired with a Ford 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the previous ZF-based 6R80 SelectShift six-speed unit.

Mechanical improvements include new shock absorbers that offer better ride control and a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension to increase lateral stiffness, while new bits include a Drag Strip mode, which eliminates time lost while shifting, adding on to the Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet drive modes. The GT also gets as standard an active valve exhaust system, which allows the exhaust note to be adjusted.

As detailed previously, the KLIMS 2018 show car is a 5.0L GT in its Premium level trim with elements of a GT Performance package added on. Equipment includes 19-inch Ebony Black painted wheels with 255/40 front and 275/40 rear profile tyres carried over from the pre-facelift, but the rubbers are now Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (the pre-facelift GT was originally shod with Pirelli P Zeros). The Brembo six-piston front brake calipers from before also continue on.