The Detroit News - - Front Page - Ithi­bodeau@de­troit­ Twit­ter: @Ian_Thi­bodeau Staff Writer Henry Payne con­trib­uted.

matic trans­mis­sion. A six-speed man­ual with twin-disc clutch is also avail­able

The up­dated pony car gets stan­dard LED head­lights and new front and rear fas­cias, ac­cen­tu­at­ing its ag­gres­sive looks with a lower, vented hood.

The 2018 model gets dig­i­tal nov­el­ties like au­to­matic high beams, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity, and pre-col­li­sion as­sist. While the base Mustang still fea­tures the tra­di­tional 4.2-inch ana­log in­stru­ment gauge, the avail­able 12-inch dig­i­tal clus­ter (shared with the Lin­coln Con­ti­nen­tal) can be con­fig­ured in Nor- mal, Sport or Track modes.

The high-tech clus­ter is part of a flurry of ap­pear­ance up­grades that in­clude smok­ier chrome fin­ishes in the cock­pit, new car­bon­fiber trims, 10 new wheel choices and three new skin col­ors.

The 2018 Mus­tangs will de­but later this year.

Fin­ish­ing the aborted jail project where it now sits on Gra­tiot would be a glar­ing ex­cep­tion to that record of rein­ven­tion. In mak­ing the num­bers work in the short term (de­fined here as terms of of­fice for the county exec and the com­mis­sion mem­bers), de­ci­sion mak­ers risk mak­ing the wrong call for the long term.

The big pic­ture mat­ters, too. Any­one who’s been pay­ing at­ten­tion since, oh, 2010 knows Gil­bert & Co. gen­er­ally get their way when it comes to re­de­vel­op­ing pieces of the city. It helps, of course, that so much of what they do is pri­vately fi­nanced — so far, any­way.

This is about mak­ing a smart de­ci­sion that will stand the test of time, not ne­go­ti­at­ing the po­lit­i­cal ex­i­gen­cies of the mo­ment and calling it a day. Detroit has come too far for that.

Ford Mo­tor Co.

The elec­tronic line lock fea­ture was pre­vi­ously avail­able only on the V-8 Mustang GT. Other 2018 model up­grades in­clude smok­ier chrome fin­ishes in the cock­pit, new car­bon-fiber trims, and 10 new wheel choices.

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