Ford’s updated. turbo four cylinder Mustang actually delivers less power than its predecessor, but a tiny bit more torque.

But you won’t read that in the company’s press material.

You need to read between the lines.

Power is down from 233 to 224kW while torque has been boosted from 432 to a more useful 441Nm.

Ford blames the different figure on a change in the way the car was tested.

But it’s happy to claim the extra torque, thanks to the new 10-speed auto that can happily take the extra pluck.

The problem is that the lower power output will make the car an even harder sell in a market that already heavily favours the V8.

The look of the turbo four has been freshened up, with new colours and customisation options.

Inside, the cabin has been upgraded, with improved materials, higher quality finishes and smart design elements.

New technology that includes a digital dash, 1000 watt B&O Play audio system and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

That’s the other thing.

Mustang is yet to get a five-star safety rating, with just three stars to its name — but this doesn’t seem to deter most buyers.

Prices for the new EcoBoost model start from $49,990.

The full price list:

  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (manual) $49,990
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $52,990
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $59,490
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (manual) $62,990
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (automatic) $65,990
  • Ford Mustang GT Convertible (automatic) $74,338

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.