The 4th generation Ford Mondeo has entered the hearts of waiting fans through its first visuals. While the car isn’t due to go on sale until March next year, Ford has released the pictures early because the Mondeo’s sister vehicle, the Fusion, has just been revealed at the Detroit show.
According to sources, the new Mondeo is based on an all-new, “10 per cent stronger” platform that replaces the one under today’s Mondeo and the Mazda 6-sourced platform used by the current Fusion. It retains MacPherson struts at the front and gets all-new multi-link rear suspension.
For now, most of the technical information relates to the Fusion, but Mondeo buyers can expect 168bhp/172lb ft 1.6-litre and 234bhp/250lb ft 2.0-litre turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engines, as well as Ford’s 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels. The US market also gets the Fusion Hybrid, which uses a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, electric motor and CVT transmission.
The new Mondeo platform has also been engineered to accommodate all-wheel drive, which will be an option on the US-market car powered by the 2.0-litre petrol engine. Stop-start will also be an option on the new model, activated by brake pedal pressure. Lane Keeping Assist, adaptive cruise control, Active Park Assist and a Blind Spot Information System will be available as options, as will a new Active Noise Control set-up, which use the audio system to help cancel out road noise. Ford’s in-car internet and multimedia SYNCwill also be offered on the new Mondeo.
The look of the new Mondeo doesn’t stray too far from today’s model but, the headlamps are much smaller and the current car’s large lower air intake has been shrunk and raised, giving the nose a more than coincidental resemblance to contemporary Aston Martins.
The new Mondeo is longer by just over 13mm, and 26mm higher yet 35mm narrower. The sides of the car are now more crisply defined, with a marked ridge running through the door handles and Audi-style sculpting in the lower door skins. The rear end, which features shallow LED tail-lights, retains the closest styling links with the Evos concept.
The “driver-orientated” cabin features a large, central touchscreen and touchpad audio interface. Ford claims the quality of the cabin has improved over the current car, with tighter door lines and softer surfaces.
This fourth-generation Mondeo is Ford’s second attempt at building a global mid-sized car. Ever since the original 1993 version, the Mondeo was a name derived from the French ‘monde’, which means ‘world’.