Up Close With the 2018 Mustang in Chicago

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Ford Unleashes Several Pony Cars at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. But the 2018 Mustang Takes Center Stage

Living up to the standards that come with being the “car buyer’s auto show” isn’t easy. Chicago works hard to remain the nation’s largest auto show, and therefore boasts over 1,000 vehicles from over 40 different manufacturers and exhibitors. This year, Ford brought its fair share of rides. Among them were an old-school Mustang, and the newest iteration of the pony car.


As you may already know, the 2018 Ford Mustang made a lukewarm debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. To make things even weirder, it did so during the public days of the iconic auto show, and not when the world’s press was there. As a result, the Chicago Auto Show was the first time the 2018 model was officially displayed for the media.

In the middle of the show floor sat a stunning 1971 Mustang Mach 1 in “Grabber Blue.” The vintage mean-machine sat directly across from the 2018 edition, which conjured up weird before and after mental imagery that was somewhat unwanted. Perhaps it offered a unique chance to see how the pony car’s vibe, rather than physical shape, has changed throughout the years. In the end, you be the judge.

The Lineup

Looking at the 2018 Mustang from the front is hands-down the best way to fall in love with it. It looks capable, it looks chiseled—it looks downright badass. Its aggressive front lip is even reminiscent of the one found in the Lamborghini Aventador. Don’t believe us? Look it up!


The story changes drastically once you walk around it for a profile view. From the side, the Mustang’s redesigned headlights give it a rather frumpy look. The aerodynamic curvature of the front-end that grants its muscular look from the front, makes it look round and somewhat bloated from the side. Not helping matters is this particular wheel and tire package. We’re curious to see how different hardware could improve the overall look.

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Furthermore, the back-end looks as good as it’s ever looked. The three-quarter views also looks pretty-darn good all around. Especially at the front, where the redesigned front bumper and hood really stand out. We didn’t have the chance to step inside the 2018 Mustang, but we hope to do so in a not-too-distant future.

Aside from the 2018 model, the full lineup of current Mustangs were also present, including the GT, convertible, V6, and the mighty Shelby GT350. Needless to say, all of them looked stunning under the bright lights!


We love what Ford brought to Chicago. And for the most part, we really enjoyed the 2018 Mustang. If it wasn’t for that darn silhouette!

Does this change your perception of the 2018 Ford Mustang?

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