Ford says that their enhanced new Mondeo features more elegant exterior and interior design details and a new hybrid estate variant. These new additions to the Ford range debuted for the first time at the Brussels Motor Show, with the company claiming that the new Mondeo Hybrid offers an even more refined petrol-electric driving experience.
Ford’s advanced 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine is introduced to Mondeo for the first time, delivering the driving performance of a larger capacity engine alongside the fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions synonymous with a smaller engine capacity. The 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine is offered with 150 PS, delivering from an anticipated 118 g/km CO2 emissions and from 4.5 l/100 km fuel efficiency.
Ford has also introduced the new intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission to the Mondeo, which adapts shift patterns to driving style for improved refinement, and is controlled using a stylish and ergonomic rotary gear shift dial.
Adaptive Cruise Control enhanced with Stop and Go joins Mondeo’s line-up of driver assistance technologies alongside Intelligent Speed Limiter, for easier driving in motorway and stop-start traffic.
Wagon versatility hybrid efficiency
For customers who require greater load carrying capability, the new Mondeo Hybrid wagon delivers the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine with the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain.
In both wagon and coupe-inspired four-door body styles, the self-charging Mondeo Hybrid is capable of pure electric driving and offers silent key start capability for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios. The powertrain eliminates both range anxiety and the need for customers to use an external power source to charge the battery.
The latest generation of Mondeo Hybrid powertrain control software delivers a smooth, linear response to acceleration demand for a refined driving experience. Ford claims that the enhanced powertrain software is also more effective at using the engine’s torque to deliver greater fuel efficiency and performance, seamlessly adjusting transmission ratios to utilise the highest engine torque at lowest engine speed.
The hybrid powertrain delivers 187 PS, and combines a specially-developed 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, electric motor, generator, 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery and a Ford-developed power-split automatic transmission that emulates the performance of a continuously-variable transmission.
Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 percent of the energy normally lost during braking to replenish the battery.
Ford’s SmartGauge interface monitors fuel and energy consumption with features including Brake Coach that encourages gradual braking to help return more energy to the battery.
The new wagon body style provides 403 litres load capacity beneath the cargo cover for Mondeo Hybrid customers with the rear seats in place, and up to 1,508 litres with the rear seats folded, while a flat floor makes loading and unloading of large or bulky items easier. Additional storage is concealed beneath the load floor.
The top-of-the-range Mondeo Hybrid Vignale is also now offered in both wagon and four-door body styles.
Mondeo customers are now also offered more options to personalise their vehicle. New 17- and 18-inch alloy wheel designs are available, as is a premium Liquid Aluminium finish option for the 19-inch alloy wheel design. Distinctive new exterior body colour options have also been added.
The upgraded interior features new seat fabrics, new door handle appliques, and new decorative spears unique to Titanium, ST?Line and Vignale models.
For more information contact Fred Kilmartin Ltd., Ballinasloe, on (090 ) 9630800 or at www.fredkilmartinltd.ie