Unveiled as the Ford Fusion at this week’s 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the car will continue as the new Mondeo in Europe and will be available in the UK in the first quarter of 2013.
New Ford Mondeo: All new design
The new Mondeo has been developed under Ford’s ‘One Ford’ policy – the brand’s plan to design, engineer and build vehicles applicable for global sale with minimal changes – and represents a clear evolutionary step in terms of aesthetics.
The newly styled car exhibits Ford’s future design language with a radiator grille reminiscent of the Aston Martin DB9, new headlight clusters incorporating LED running lights and a less weighty, more flowing rear end form.
Underneath the Mondeo’s chassis is brand new, with the development of the latest platform underpinning the car focused on driving pleasure, as well as comfort and refinement. Ford claim the new Mondeo delivers premium levels of engineering comparable to offerings from Audi and BMW.
The Mondeo has always been good to drive, and with the new car the American manufacturer is aiming to retain these strong dynamics, improving the ride to rival more premium products.
Safety will also be enhanced as a function of the new design, with the Mondeo’s bodyshell stiffened by 10% over the current model. Crash protection features include dual front row knee airbags, and adaptive front airbags.
New Ford Mondeo: Hybrid powertrains
A first for the Mondeo, the new car will be available as a hybrid and plug-in hybrid model.
Hybrid versions of the vehicle will be capable of 62mph under electric power alone, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine complimenting the Mondeo’s electric drive.
The Mondeo plug-in hybrid is aiming to become the world’s most fuel-efficient petrol car promising more than 100mpg – eight more than the Chevrolet Volt/Vauxhall Ampera range extending hybrid and 13mpg more than Toyota’s projected efficiency claims for its Prius plug-in hybrid.
More conventional engine options will be offered with Ford’s 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines. 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines are expected when it goes on sale in Europe. Start-stop technology will also feature.
New Ford Mondeo: New interior
The vehicle’s interior will offer a more driver-orientated environment – featuring a higher centre console and new seats – while delivering more passenger space through reducing the depth of the dashboard, moving it closer to the windscreen.
Ford claim interior quality is also improved with more soft-touch plastics delivering increased visual quality and tactility.
Refinement levels on the new car increase thanks to under body acoustic shielding – helping aerodynamics and reducing wind noise – and upgraded sound absorption material as well. Ford’s new active noise control program can also use the car’s audio system to cancel out extraneous road noise, boosting engine noise to compensate.
Equipment on the new Mondeo will include voice activated audio and communications systems with Bluetooth connectivity, touchscreen satellite navigation, lane keep assistance, adaptive cruise control, rear park assist and a blind spot information system.
Prices and specification will be confirmed nearer the launch in 2013.