New Ford Mondeo launchedBy Chris Walsh
October 19, 2012
Ford has recently debuted its all-new Mondeo and from this picture, it’s clear to see that the humble travelling salesman has never had it this good before.
Built on Ford’s global CD-segment platform, the new version of the Ford flagship will be available as a traditional hatch-back and estate – developed uniquely for Europe – as well as a four-door that will also be offered as a now obligatory, petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
Believe this or not, it will be the first car in its segment equipped with a 1.0-litre powertrain. As the record-breaking 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine is expected to return best-in-class fuel economy thanks to the aid of some very clever turbo technology.
“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 for Product Development.
“It raises the bar in its segment in terms of style, technology and quality.”
Ford’s new global design features heavily in the all-new Mondeo’s matured and attractive exterior. The low roofline enhances the sports coupe look while retaining a fairly spacious and practical interior.
The lean side-profile has been sculpted to convey “visual lightness”, while the sophisticated front-end features Ford’s new Aston Martin-esque trapezoid grille with a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive, full LED headlamps.
This Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with a LED high beam, low-beam and signal lighting, which are quicker to illuminate, more durable and more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps.
The all-new Mondeo’s LED headlamps turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed – providing a greater
depth of illumination at high speeds and a wider field of vision at slower speeds.
The interior promises improved levels of ergonomics and comfort as an improved level of craftsmanship has been promised to the driver-focused cockpit.
Soft-touch materials, better finishes and equipment should all contribute to what must surly be the
most premium Mondeo ever.
The all-new four-door Mondeo Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) is Ford’s first hybrid passenger car for Europe and it combines a specially developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery to provide better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
For the first time on a Mondeo, a diesel all-wheel drive variant will be offered to help improve traction, performance and handling.
The Mondeo will also offer a segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch (a voice-activated in-car connectivity system) that provides an eight-inch colour touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.
The all-new Mondeo delivers the European debut of Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts, which are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers.
In the event of an accident the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.
Things are certainly looking up for Mondeo-Man with prices and spec to be announced soon.