A new-look Ford Mondeo will be launched this autumn. In the meantime, Ford is hoping to boost sales of the outgoing model with a value-for-money Mondeo Sport special edition.
Some 3,000 examples will be sold in the UK, and Ford says each car will include £2,000 of extra options.
As standard, the Mondeo Sport will feature Europe-wide sat nav, auto lights and wipers, plus an auto-dim interior rear-view mirror. Buyers also get 17-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, and a heat-reflecting windscreen.
Mondeo Sport is competitively priced
Ford says sales of the Mondeo Sport range will start on September 1. Prices for the range will begin at £18,795, which buys a 2.0-litre 145PS petrol engine. The 1.8-litre 125PS diesel, meanwhile, costs £800 more.
The prices of the Sport range are just £300 more than the Zetec models (the most popular trim in the range) they are based on, despite the extra features.
Buyers will have to be quick, though. Ford is only selling the Mondeo Sport for a limited period to coincide with the new ’60’ registration. This should help to clear out stocks of the current Mondeo before the autumn refresh is made available.
Mondeo Sport available as hatch or estate
Alongside the choice of two engines, Ford is offering two bodystyles for the Mondeo Sport: 5dr hatch or estate. Both come with a choice of four colours: white, black, grey or silver.
The question is, will standard sat nav be enough to stop buyers waiting for the facelifted Mondeo? Due in October, this has a new look on the outside and a more upmarket feel inside.
There are also new engines; Ford will replace the 1.8-litre diesel with a 2.0-litre unit that reduces CO2 emissions from 154g/km to 139g/km. Will the financial savings of lower tax prove more tempting than the cash savings of the Mondeo Sport?