New Ford Mus­tang eco­boost

Alpine Observer - - Motor Guide - By EWAN KENNEDY

A SIG­NIF­I­CANTLY up­graded Ford Mus­tang GT V8 was launched four months ago, now it has been joined by the re­vised lower-cost Ford Mus­tang Eco­Boost.

Though the thought of a four-cylin­der en­gine in a Mus­tang is anath­ema to some, there’s a lot to be said for the driv­ing dy­nam­ics of a lighter, bet­ter bal­anced Mus­tang.

Mus­tang Eco­Boost adds an ad­vanced 224kW pow­er­train to that un­mis­tak­able, iconic Mus­tang de­sign.

The 2019 Mus­tang Eco­Boost has a high- tech di­rect-fuel-in­jec­tion 2.3-litre that uses a twin-scroll tur­bocharger. Pro­duc­ing 224kW of power and 441Nm of torque it is mated to a six-speed man­ual or an op­tional new 10-speed pad­dle-shift au­to­matic.

The tur­bocharger has been re-tuned for op­ti­mal spool­ing to de­liver low-end re­spon­sive­ness

Big­gest fea­ture in the Eco­Boost, as well as the V8 GT, is Ford’s new de­sign 10-speed Selec­tShift au­to­matic. It fea­tures a wide ra­tio span and op­ti­mised gear spac­ing. Com­pared to the su­per­seded six-speed auto, the new 10-speed trans­mis­sion im­proves shift times, low-speed tip-in re­sponse and re­duces fric­tion losses.

Ford’s six-speed man­ual, again for both en­gines, has been up­graded for op­ti­mal torque, and now in­cludes a dual-mass fly­wheel to de­liver more ef­fi­cient clutch mod­u­la­tion, de­liv­er­ing im­proved higher torque ca­pa­bil­ity.

Even its ex­haust note can be ad­justed us­ing a fully variable sound­track to match the en­tire ac­cel­er­a­tion range. Four modes are on of­fer: Nor­mal, Quiet, Track and Sport, tailor­ing the ex­haust note for ev­ery oc­ca­sion.

Avail­able in con­vert­ible and sleek Fast­back body styles, Mus­tang Eco­Boost has a lower, re­mod­elled bon­net and a tougher look­ing grille. They have a new bumper, fas­cia and an op­tional per­for­mance spoiler. It rides on 19-inch black al­loys, though which the big Brembo brakes are clearly high­lighted.

For the first time, the en­tire Mus­tang line-up fea­tures all-LED front lights and there are re­vised LED tail­lights. A black rear dif­fuser houses quad-ex­hausts, with rolled fin­ish­ing.

In­side are higher qual­ity fin­ishes and smart de­sign el­e­ments on the dash and con­sole cov­er­ings and there’s a re­vised spun alu­minium look dash ap­plique.

A new 12-speaker 1000-Watt B&O Play au­dio sys­tem is stan­dard on Mus­tang Eco­Boost. It drives through a 10-chan­nel am­pli­fier that has been specif­i­cally tuned for the car.

New tech­nol­ogy up­dates for Mus­tang in­clude a 12.4-inch all-dig­i­tal LCD in­stru­ment clus­ter with dis­plays that can be cus­tomised to the dis­plays for Nor­mal, Sport and Track modes. Driv­ers can also choose colour and gauge lay­out set­tings.

Ford SYNC 3 is stan­dard on 2019 Mus­tang Eco­Boost and of­fers Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto com­pat­i­bil­ity.

The 2019 Mus­tang Eco­Boost comes with a five-year, un­lim­ited dis­tance war­ranty. Ad­di­tional ben­e­fits avail­able to el­i­gi­ble cus­tomers at par­tic­i­pat­ing deal­ers in­clude Ford’s Ser­vice Price Prom­ise, Ser­vice Loan Car, Sat-nav Map Up­dates, Low Price Tyre Guar­an­tee price match pro­gram and Auto Club Mem­ber­ship.

MINI-MUS­CLE: Mus­tang Eco­Boost has a lower, re­mod­elled bon­net and a tougher look­ing grille.

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