Zululand Observer - Weekender

Facelift Mustang roars into South Africa

- Val van der Walt

FORD has finally launched the updated Mustang range in South Africa, including the limited edition Bullitt.

The Mustang is again offered locally in both fastback and convertibl­e body styles and with a choice of updated 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost (213kW/441Nm) and naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 (331kW/529Nm) plants.

A new ten-speed automatic transmissi­on is the only shifting option for both the V8 and 2.3 EcoBoost.

The Bullitt, however, employs a six-speed manual gearbox and its V8 provides a bit more power (338 kW).

This special model is furthermor­e offered in exclusive dark Highland Green or Shadow Black exterior paint.

In the broader range, three new metallic hues (Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Velocity Blue) have been added, while newly designed 19-inch alloys are offered in multiple finishes depending on the model.

Only 50 Mustang Bullitt editions will be available in SA.

Better behaved

Ford says the inside facelift gives a ‘more premium feel’, with soft-touch materials used on the door linings and an aluminium finish applied to the interior door handles.

Leather-trimmed seats are offered along with six-way power adjustment.

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainme­nt software is run through the centrally sited eightinch touchscree­n, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (with navigation).

Its makers say they have ‘further optimised’ the Mustang’s driving behaviour thanks to re-calibrated shock absorbers, a stiffened rear suspension arrangemen­t and thicker anti-roll bars.

Ford has also included a range of driver assistance technologi­es, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control (plus distance alert), lane departure warning and lane keeping aid.

The Mustang comes with a fouryear/120 000km warranty and a sixyear/90 000km service plan, with pricing starting at R768 000 for the base model 2.3 Fastback 10AT, the range topping out with the Bullitt at R995 400.

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