This is the all-new Ford Mondeo, the latest car to be built under Ford’s ‘One Ford’ philosophy, as well as the latest and largest model to feature the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
The current Mondeo’s petrol engine range starts with a naturally aspirated 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol. But the new car will get a 123bhp EcoBoost, which also develops 170Nm of torque – 10Nm more than the engine it effectively replaces.
Ford also claims that the three-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the Mondeo will make it one of the cleanest cars in its class, with CO2 emissions of under 130g/km. The rest of the engine range will be revealed closer to launch, but expect the 2.0 and new 1.5-litre TDCi diesels, plus 1.6 and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrols too.
Six-speed manual gearboxes will be offered as standard, with dual-clutch six-speed Powershift transmissions optional. A diesel model, with an auto gearbox, will be offered with four-wheel drive for the first time.
The new Mondeo looks familiar, as we’ve already seen it debut at the Detroit Motor Show at the start of this year as the Ford Fusion.
But despite that, and the fact that the European Mondeo made its public debut in production form at the Paris Motor Show, the car is still around a year away from arriving in UK showrooms.
Cars were originally supposed to roll off the production line in Genk, Belgium next April, but that has been pushed back to around October to allow Ford to “work through various issues to ensure a robust and high-quality launch.”
In the US, buyers can opt for a four-door saloon, but European buyers will be offered just five-door hatchback and, in early 2014, estate versions.
The new Mondeo will also feature a host of upmarket technology, including SYNC, Ford’s Microsoft-developed in-car entertainment system, which streams music to the car’s speakers from your phone and also incorporates Bluetooth and Internet access.
The MyFord Touch system will be available, too, offering voice control for all major systems.
Driver-assist systems include a lane-keeping, fatigue detection, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning and active park assist. Safety is also enhanced by inflatable rear seat belts.