So what’s this?
Haven’t we already seen this?
Actually, yes. This car has been shown at the ongoing Paris Motor Show, but it debuted two years ago at the 2012 event. There’s been a number of minor issues getting it production ready, but the order books are now open. Confusingly, it has been available in North America as the Ford Fusion for some time now…
So what’s new?
It’s built on an entirely new platform, developed as part of the One Ford global strategy so, aside from some familiar engines, it’s brand spanking new all over.
What powers it?
The usual array of Duratorq diesels and EcoBoost petrols. The 1.6-litre diesel is offered in its 113hp form, while the 2.0 diesel comes as 148hp or 177hp – there’s also an ECOnetic version of the two lower output models, just dipping into VED band A for the 1.6 at 68.9mpg.
If petrol’s your thing, there’s a 1.5T EcoBoost with 158hp and a 2.0T producing 236hp. This latter engine is good enough to crack the 60mph sprint in 8.0s, so there’s no real performance option just yet.
But there is a third choice for the hypermilers amongst us. For the first time, the Mondeo will be available as a petrol-electric hybrid, pairing a 185hp 2.0 petrol engine with two electric motors. This is penned in for 99g/km emissions, but up to 101mpg in urban driving!
And how much will it cost me?
There’s been a mild wander upwards with the pricing, as the new entry level car will set you back £20,795, though like-for-like with the current starter car (1.6T 158hp) sees an increase of around a thousand pounds.
Your entry level money buys you a 1.6 diesel saloon, with a manual gearbox, in Style trim. This isn’t short of equipment, coming with DAB, an 8 inch colour touchscreen housing the Ford SYNC2 communications and entertainment system and dual zone climate control.
£1,000 more gets you the Zetec trim, adding a heated windscreen and cruise control. Another £1,200 takes you into Titanium specification which includes a Ford navigation system, automatic headlights and wipers, traffic sign recognition and sports seats. There’s the X Pack for £500 on top of this, adding power, heated front seats with leather trim and LED headlamps.
You can also buy the Mondeo in an estate body, for another £1,250 more than the five-door hatchback’s list price. Pick an automatic and the price goes up £1,500. The range tops out then with a 2.0T 236hp automatic estate Titanium X model at £27,550. The hybrid meanwhile is available only as a Titanium version, at £24,995.
Also on its way is the “Vignale” premium Mondeo. There’s no details on the price for this yet, but you’ll need deep pockets with words like ‘coachwork’, ‘exclusive’ and ‘VIP’ being wafted round.
Oh, one or two. Aside from the usual competition from Vauxhall – currently the Insignia – there’s the new Passat, announced yesterday. Mazda‘s current 6 seems to have got the drop on Ford and is well established already. Curiously, the sector’s top seller is the BMW 3-Series, so that’s one to look at pretty hard too.
In a line…
Mondeo-man finally gets his handsome new chariot – one to watch closely.