The new Ford Mondeo has been a long time coming but we now know that the official release date is in the final quarter of 2014. The car is highly anticipated, bringing the new Ford family face to the popular saloon model along with a new range of engines and advanced technology.
There will even be a Ford Mondeo Hybrid, and we've had the chance to drive one - we were impressed with emissions of less than 99g/km of CO2 and over 65mpg fuel economy. However, thanks to the 188bhp provided by the 2.0-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor, it feels very nimble.
Ford UK boss Mark Ovenden confirmed to Auto Express that there would be no further delays to the Mondeo's debut in the UK. “It will be with us in the final quarter of next year,” he said.
However, Ovenden was less forthcoming on whether we will get a facelifted version of the model initially revealed as the Fusion at the Detroit Motor Show in January 2012.
The UK launch date will fall almost three years after that, but Ovenden would not say whether UK buyers will be offered a mid-cycle revised model. As for the price, expect it to cost slightly less than the current model - around £15,500.
There will also be an upmarket and bespoke Ford Mondeo Vignale version, which aims to compete with the more expensive small saloon cars like the BMW 3 Series. This model is expected to be much more expensive.
The 2014 Ford Mondeo will get a new 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine, which returns similar horsepower and torque figures to Ford’s current 1.6-litre EcoBoost in its lower state of tune (148bhp and 240Nm respectively), while delivering improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
The engine is the fifth EcoBoost engine. The range was launched with a 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost in 2009. Ford added the 2.0-litre EcoBoost in 2010; the 1.6-litre EcoBoost in 2011; and last year the three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost was launched.
The European-spec Mondeo will also get Ford’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, making 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.
The new Ford Mondeo will come with the option of two different petrol-electric powertrains: one a traditional hybrid and the other a plug-in hybrid. The latter is known as the Ford Mondeo Energi, while the other will be badged simply Mondeo Hybrid.
The plug-in Energi and Hybrid both share a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, but the Energi boasts a larger battery pack, and will be able to travel on electric power for around 20 miles. The standard Hybrid will only be able to manage a couple of miles, however.
Both systems will produce 185bhp, allowing for 0-62mph in around 8.5 seconds. Expect to see fuel economy of around 60mpg for the Hybrid and well over 100mpg for the Energi.
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 measures 4,869mm long, 1,852mm wide and 1,476mm tall – about the same size as the current car – but it’s four centimetres lower, meaning it has a much sleeker profile. There are slimmer roof pillars and the bodywork has a smooth, unruffled finish. The 19-inch wheels give the show car plenty of presence, and will be available as an option on the popular Zetec trim level.
The new grille and headlamp arrangement takes inspiration from the Evos concept and signals a new evolution for Ford’s Kinetic design language. Sparkling LED tail-lamps and polished exhausts add a touch of class to the car.
The driver-focused cabin offers upmarket fit and finish, with soft-touch plastics and fabrics on the dash and doors. Seats are supportive, and there’s an oversized centre console, which helps separate the driver from the rest of the cabin. Elsewhere, extra space has been freed up by moving the dash closer to the windscreen and redesigning the seats to make the most of the car’s 2,850mm wheelbase.
The new Mondeo will also feature a host of upmarket accessories and 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.
A Mondeo Estate will also be offered, but as release date of the hatchback has been pushed back, it is not expected until 2015.
Ford managed to shed 363kg of weight from a standard next-gen Mondeo by fitting things like carbon fibre wheels, high-strength steel and aluminium in the chassis and composite springs for the front suspension. These features won't be present on the production car but similar technology will find its way into future Fords.
“Our goal was to investigate how to design and build a mixed-materials, lightweight vehicle that could potentially be produced in high volume, while providing the same level of safety, durability and toughness as our vehicles on the road today,” said Matt Zaluzec, Ford technical leader, Global Materials and Manufacturing Research.
Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development said: “A focus on light-weighting will be fundamental to our industry for years to come, and we are investigating many advanced materials applications as possible solutions for weight reduction in our vehicles.”
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