FORD AUSTRALIA today announced the launch of the updated MB series Mondeo, which brings with it the wagon bodystyle and the all-new Mondeo Titanium premium model.
New technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Dynamic Headlights figure among the new features added to the Mondeo range, along with improved equipment levels across all models.
The new Mondeo range hits showrooms in late July, with the Mondeo wagon offered in both LX and Zetec specification levels.
"First shown at the Melbourne International Motor Show last year, the Mondeo wagon is a fantastic addition to the award-winning Mondeo line-up, offering performance, safety, load-carrying ability and plenty of European style to fill the niche between the Mondeo hatch and the Falcon wagon," Ford Australia President and CEO, Marin Burela said.
"Mondeo has always been acclaimed for its strong attributes, particularly its driving dynamics, safety performance and interior package. With the new range we've taken these qualities a step further, adding advanced vehicle technologies and improving standard equipment levels to deliver an unmatched mid-size package."
The Mondeo wagon is powered by a 2.3 litre Duratec four-cylinder engine, developing 118kW and 208Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift.
Standard safety features for the ANCAP five-star-rated Mondeo wagon include enhanced Intelligent Protection System, ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Emergency Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control, automatic hazard warning lights activation and seven airbags, including side curtain airbags and a driver?s knee airbag.
Luggage space in the Mondeo wagon is an impressive 542 litres with the rear passenger seats upright, up to 1733 litres with the rear seats folded flat.
With the introduction of the MB Mondeo range and the wagon bodystyle, the Mondeo LX trim level is now available in both hatch and wagon form, while the sedan bodystyle has been discontinued.
Existing LX features include air conditioning, front power windows, an eight speaker CD audio system with auxiliary input for MP3 players, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, heated power mirrors, Ford Easy Fuel? capless refuelling and 'follow me home' lighting.
The MB Mondeo range brings advanced Bluetooth hands-free with Voice Control system, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to the LX.
Features carried over from the previous model Zetec include 17-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, a premium Sony audio system with six-disc CD player, automatic headlights, fog lamps, rain sensing wipers, Park Assist (front and rear parking sensors), power height adjustment for the driver's seat, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The MB Mondeo Zetec adds a USB input for USB/MP3 player integration and full iPod compatibility with the audio system, and the high-series Human Machine Interface (HMI) with Ford Convers+ premium colour instrument cluster display (previously only available on the XR5 Turbo).
There is also a new 'Daphne' seat trim fabric for the interior, while a chrome belt liner has been added to the exterior styling trim.
The Zetec also gains the advanced Bluetooth hands-free with Voice Control system as standard equipment, as per the LX model.
Brand new to the Mondeo model range is the Mondeo Titanium, available with either the 2.3 litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine or the 2.0 litre Duratorq turbo diesel engine.
The Mondeo Titanium is positioned between the Zetec and the range-topping XR5 Turbo, offering what Ford describes as the perfect blend between sporty styling and premium luxury features.
The Titanium features a sports body kit, which includes a front and rear bumper skirt, side skirts, distinctive upper and lower grilles and a fog lamp kit, and rides on sports suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, there is Alcantara/leather seat trim along with variable heated front seats, a power sunroof with tilt/slide functionality, a keyless start system with 'Ford Power' starter button, Bluetooth with Voice Control and B-pillar mounted air ducts for the rear passenger compartment.
New features and technology introduced with MB Mondeo that are standard on Titanium include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert (FA) and Collision Mitigation, and Dynamic Headlights with swivelling low beam headlights and static cornering lights, both of which are a first for a Ford vehicle in Australia.
Ford's 'Smart Key' key-free entry system is also a new addition to the Titanium's list of standard equipment.
Mondeo XR5 Turbo
The range-topping XR5 Turbo model has also been upgraded, picking up all the new MB range features such as ACC, Ford's 'Smart Key' key-free entry system, Bluetooth with Voice Control and a power sunroof with tilt/slide functionality.
New features unique to the XR5 Turbo include 18-inch alloy wheels in a new five-spoke sports design with a 'Mystique' silver finish, bi-xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with static cornering lights and dual chrome exhaust outlets with a straight finish.
Inside, there is new contrasting red stitching for the Alcantara/leather seat trim.