Ford introduces 'most technologically advanced Mondeo model ever'
Billed as the 'most stylish and technologically advanced Mondeo model ever', the new Mondeo completes Ford's update of its European large car line-up, following the launch of the new S-MAX and Galaxy earlier this year.
The 2011 model introduces a new, higher performance 240bhp derivative of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, which joins the existing 203bhp version of the engine that was introduced in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier in 2010. The engine line-up now also includes a comprehensively revised version of the 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, with power boosted 12% to 200bhp, making it the most powerful Ford Duratorq diesel engine so far.
Ford also says that new 1.6-litre engines from its EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel engine families will be available in the future to extend the wide powertrain choice further.
Exterior design has been refreshed, and there are bolder graphics and proportions at the front end, including larger lower trapezoidal and slimmer upper grilles, plus a revised bonnet profile and integral new LED day running lights. The side profile is enhanced by a new, full chrome window surround for the higher series models, with larger, re-designed, LED tail lamps at the rear.
The interior has also been revised with new design elements and higher-quality trim materials.
New technologies for enhanced safety and comfort have been added, including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam – all utilising a new high sensitivity camera unit located at the top of the windscreen in front of the rear view mirror.
Also extending to Mondeo are many features already introduced on the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models, including Ford's Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter, Rear Door Power Child Locks and Rear View Camera. LED lighting technology is used for the daytime running lights and rear tail and brake lamps as well as inside the car.
UK prices will be carried over from the existing Mondeo pricelist starting at £17,295 although the high-spec Titanium series will increase by £200 to £19,945.For more of the latest industry news, click here.