Premium aspirations for technology-rich new Mondeo
The latest incarnation of the flagship Ford features the same front end styling as the Evos concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, and is aimed at boosting the carmaker’s footprint within the 60% of C-D segment sales not covered by premium brands.
For the first time, the Mondeo will be sold globally, and shares its platform with the US-market Fusion. Three body styles will be available in European markets – a five-door hatchback, four-door saloon and Europe-only estate.
The full line-up has not been announced yet, but is likely to include 1.6 and 2.0-litre versions of the EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel family. Most noteworthy, though, is the first ever three-cylinder car in the D-segment. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost will replace the 1.6-litre engine sold in the outgoing Mondeo, with a 123bhp unit targeting 125g/km and 52mpg, making it the most efficient petrol in its class.
Ford said a more powerful version is also planned, which will replace the 140bhp 2.0-litre petrol, and the two 1.0 EcoBoost engines are predicted to account for as much as 20% of UK sales.
UK buyers will also be able to buy the Mondeo with a hybrid drivetrain, as found in the Fusion. This uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine and 47bhp electric motor for a combined 186bhp and the ability to drive at up to 62mph on electricity. The plug-in hybrid sold in America could also be coming to Europe, but is as yet unconfirmed.
New technology inside includes the latest SYNC voice-activated infotainment system with MyFordTouch, due to launch on the Focus Electric early next year, inflatable rear seatbelts and maintenance-free LED headlamp which adjust their beam pattern based on steering angle for a better view of the road.
‘This is the most premium Mondeo we’ve ever built and the most premium vehicle Ford’s loyal European customers have ever been offered,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president, product development, Ford of Europe.