2013 Ford Mondeo Unveiled
(Friday 7 September 2012)
Ford has given the next-generation Mondeo its world debut, and revealed a great many intriguing new features.
One is that the one-litre three-cylinder 123bhp EcoBoost turbo petrol engine, already offered in the Focus and about to be included in the Fiesta range, is to make an appearance here too.
By far the smallest engine ever fitted to a Mondeo, its main purpose is to provide superior fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions, but still better results will be obtained by another model with a two-litre petrol engine and an electric motor which will become the first hybrid Ford to be sold in Europe.
The hybrid will be available only in the saloon version of the Mondeo. Hatchback and estate body styles are also being offered, and are likely to be much more popular among UK customers.
Described by Ford of Europe's Product Development Vice-President Barb Samardzich as "the most premium Mondeo we've ever built", the new car will be offered with the perhaps clumsily named SYNC with MyFord Touch, which allows the driver to control the phone, remote media players, climate control, audio and satellite navigation systems by voice. The same set-up also turns the Mondeo into a wifi hotspot capable of serving up to five internet-connected devices.
On a completely separate but no less interesting topic, the Mondeo will be the first Ford sold in Europe with inflatable rear seatbelts which expand in the event of a crash and, according to Ford, spread loads across five times as much body area as a conventional belt would (the point being that pressure on any one part of the body is therefore five times less). We eagerly look forward to Euro NCAP's comments on that.