2015 was a big year for Ford. It launched two all-new versions of its icons, the F-150 and the Mustang. The F-150 shed over 700 pounds by switching over to an aluminum-intensive construction. Despite an enormous amount of skepticism, the F-150 is still the best-selling vehicle in America, and its competitors will soon be following suit and building their trucks out of the lighter stuff too. As for the Mustang, it was arguably the biggest leap forward for Ford’s pony car since the Fox body cars bowed back in ’79. The solid rear axle was gone, replaced by a fantastic independent suspension. Up front, the 2.3 liter EcoBoost inline four was introduced, proving once and for all that you could have a true American muscle car without a V8 under the hood.
Needless to say, these two created quite a splash — so much so that we barely noticed it was time for a mid-cycle refresh. Ford dropped details on the ’18 F-150 earlier this year; the Mustang, too, has had its turn.
There’s certainly a difference up front, as the hood has been lowered a full 20 millimeters for a sharper, meaner look. But there’s much more to Ford’s new pony car than a new scowling face. From interior and tech to engineering and performance, here are 10 things you need to know about the new Mustang before it hits dealerships later this year.