Well, "mid cycle" is in the eye of the beholder, but the drive train changes (8 speed fast shifting rev-matching auto) and the interior changes (fantastic) coupled with the front and rear view changes make this a rather new car - similar to Mustang in 2011.
The car was released in 2008 and now is getting a much needed significant update just past half way in the life cycle plan for the car. That's what the Mustang got in 2010 and 2011. The car may look somewhat different on the outside and have better drivetrains and suspension updates but underneath it's still the same car. That's exactly what mid cycle updates do.
2018 isn't really that far away, just three model years.