If you're one of the lucky ones with a Ford Mustang on backorder in Australia, don't read this story about leaked images of the 2018 Ford Mustang.

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Pictures of the facelifted Ford Mustang have leaked in a promotional video shot by Ford and reactions have been mixed.

Some customers are frustrated that they'll receive a pre-facelift version while they wait in the order queue, while others are happy they won't receive the facelifted car.

UPDATE: It's now official. Details here.

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Sporting a new set of headlights and front bar treatment, the headlight shape remains fairly similar, now featuring a slight cut out at the bottom of the headlight.

The front bar is now slimmer with triangular cut outs, while a steeper rake on the headlights makes it look and feel quite different to the current car — whether that's in a good way or bad way is up to your eye.

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As earlier rumoured, the facelifted car will now be driven through a 10-speed automatic gearbox co-developed with General Motors. The gearbox was recently introduced into the hugely popular Ford F-150 truck and will be rolled out to other vehicles in the Ford and GM range in the coming year.

In addition to the new gearbox, the Mustang will also be offered with MagneRide dampers, which is a magnetorheological damper system developed by the Delphi Automotive. It allows the damper to respond almost instantly courtesy of magnetic charges that pulse through the chamber.

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While there are no images of the interior, we expect it to be fairly similar to the current one. Killing some of the nasty interior plastics would be welcome, though.

Although the rear looks fairly similar, a new spoiler will be joined by an optional sports exhaust that increases outlet count to four. Exhaust noise was one of our few complaints with the Mustang — we thought the V8 model could offer a bit more bark. It'll also come in handy on the EcoBoost four-cylinder variant, which has the ability to now sound like the manic Ford Focus RS.

Two new optional packages will be available for US customers:

  • Carbon Sport Pack
  • Performance Package 2

Each package is yet to be detailed, but we expect them to also be available for Australian customers.

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The Ford Mustang was a strong performer at our recent 'warm performance car' testing. We can't wait to hear what it sounds like with the new exhaust.