Ford Cars Will Be Going Fast in 2018
While the Ford Division often gets attention for its hot-selling crossovers, SUVs and a new F-150 diesel truck, there are some interesting things going on within their car lineup for 2018, starting with some major upgrades for its iconic Mustang pony car.
The 2018 Ford Mustang: A Legend Reborn
Any time you update the appearance of an icon, especially one that competes in a highly image-driven segment, you’re bound to create a little bit of controversy. The 2018 Mustang is no different.
When the it goes on sale this fall, it will have a lowered hood, new vents, a new front fascia, a lower valance, new upper and lower grilles, and less room to incorporate its updated LED headlamps and smaller but brighter foglamps.
In back, you’ll find its signature chevrons have been redesigned, as well as new LED taillights and a new rear fascia.
While the updated appearance of the 2018 model is controversial to some, it has some serious functional benefits. It’s improved aerodynamics results in a gas mileage boost of as much as 5.6 percent.
Not to worry, however, all the focus on aerodynamics and gas mileage didn’t turn the legend into a wimp. To the contrary, it’s faster and louder, and if need be, meaner than ever.
Those who want traditional power will get increased horsepower and torque from the 5.0-liter V8 engine. The new model also has a different exhaust manifold which allows you to maximize the throaty growl of its V8.
Interestingly, you’ll get more torque and better acceleration at full throttle with the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine than you will with the V8. In addition to its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic, the six-speed manual transmission now has a twin disc clutch.
Your 2018 Ford Focus is a Blur
The Focus that appears in 2018 will be all-new, but it’s not expected until sometime late next year, possibly as a 2019 model. Still, the 2017 version is nothing to sneeze at. Four engines are offered on the 2017 version.
A naturally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic that puts out 160 horsepower is the base powerplant. An electric model is not only environmentally sensible, it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 9.6 seconds.
Buyers wanting high-performance designed specifically for the street will take notice of the 252-horsepowep, turbocharged, direct-injection 2.0-liter I-4 engine mated to a six-speed manual in the ST trim.
For truly hair-raising performance, there’s the RS. Initially developed for the European racing circuit, it was not available over here. But American car enthusiasts objected, and Ford decided to bring the RS stateside. It came with a 315-horsepower, 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a new high-performance all-wheel drive system.
The 2018 Ford Fiesta: A Spicy Little Bugger
The Ford Fiesta will receive small updates for the 2018 model year. The most notable will be a quad-beam headlight design featuring black bezels. It’ll be standard across the board.
It’s under the hood, however, that this feisty competitor continues to impress. It’s 1.6-liter base engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. As before, a 6-speed automatic is available. On the performance-oriented Fiesta ST, a turbocharged variant will produce 197 hp. Not bad for a little ol’ subcompact car.
The 2018 Ford Fusion: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
The 2018 Ford Fusion offers a sharp design and loads of practicality. It received a facelift last year, so there are no major changes in store for 2018.
In the area of powertrains, no changes were needed. Its four different engine options ensure you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. For starters, there’s a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 175 horsepower while providing excellent fuel economy.
If you want even more horses without a significant decline in miles per gallon, you can step up to a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 240-horsepower but gets just one less mile per gallon on the highway.
There also economical hybrid and electric plug-ins available, and enthusiasts will appreciate the twin-turbocharged, 2.7-liter V6 available on the Fusion Sport. It puts out a head-snapping 325-horsepower.
The 2018 Ford Taurus: As Enjoyable as Ever
Don’t expect any changes to Taurus’ throwback styling as it heads into 2018. Ford loyalists seem to like it just fine.
In terms of powertrain, Taurus relies on Ford’s tried and true 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 288-horsepower. An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder offers 240-horsepower and better fuel economy. At the top of the range, the “super high output” SHO model has all-wheel drive and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 that will produce 365-horsepower.
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