Ford says it will debut its stylish and technologically advanced new Mondeo at the 2010 Moscow International Auto Show on August 25. The new model should be available here by November.
Ford says it features a restyled exterior and uprated interior, new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains, plus a host of new driver comfort and convenience features and safety technologies.
The first official preview images show the new Mondeo is the latest to benefit from the continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design, following similar updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models earlier this year.
"The Ford Mondeo is already a very strong package and, with the significant design changes and in particular the comprehensive array of new technologies we are introducing, we have no doubt that the new model will strengthen Mondeo's position as the flagship Ford model in our European line-up," said John Fleming, Ford of Europe chairman and CEO.
"This is the smartest, safest, most environmentally friendly and best quality Mondeo we have ever launched, and it completes the regeneration of our CD segment range in 2010."
The launch of the new Mondeo will see the first application of a higher performance 240bhp version of the efficient 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine. This will be complemented by the existing 203bhp version of this engine launched in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier this year.
While the new 240bhp engine provides extra performance, average CO2 emissions are targeted to be just 179g/km, the same as the 203bhp unit, regardless of bodystyle. Ford EcoBoost technology also provides fuel consumption and emissions reductions of up to 20 per cent compared to traditional petrol engines of a similar capacity.
Another first for the new Mondeo is the introduction of the comprehensively revised 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine, which boasts a 12 per cent power increase to 200bhp, making it the most powerful Duratorq diesel engine to date. The Mondeo TDCi line-up sees this new engine joined by a significantly improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel that has already been introduced to the Mondeo range earlier this year. This engine is available with 115, 140 or 163bhp power ratings, with all of them delivering an average CO2 emission of just 139g/km with a six-speed manual transmission, regardless of bodystyles.
To make these powertrains even more efficient, a number of new Ford ECOnetic technologies are now made available, including smart regenerative charging, Ford eco mode, and – a Ford first – an active grille shutter system. This electronically controlled device regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine compartment to reduce aerodynamic drag, but also offers benefits to the engine heating characteristics to improve fuel economy and warm-up performance in cold weather.
Powertrain advances in the new Mondeo also extend to the transmission: the latest six-speed Ford power shift double wet-clutch transmission system comes as standard for Ford EcoBoost petrol engines, and will be available as an option for the 140bhp and 163bhp versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi.
While pointing out that the information just released reflects preliminary European information on the new-look Mondeo, due on sale here by November, Ford also says the new Mondeo range will include a comprehensive array of driver assistance features.
Many of these are appearing for the first time in a Ford model, including lane departure warning, driver alert and auto high beam. New features already introduced in the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models are now extended to the Mondeo range, including the blind spot information system, speed limiter, rear door power child locks and rear view camera.
Ford Ireland says exact details of new Mondeo, including prices, will be announced nearer to launch.