Ford Australia have released pricing and specification details for its new European sourced Mondeo. Already a Carupdate favourite the Mondeo is attractively styled and arrives in Australia having received rave reviews in Europe.
"Mondeo will introduce new levels of style, refinement and safety to the medium size segment and set a new benchmark for how a car should drive. Exemplary driving dynamics is a key element of Ford DNA and Mondeo is no exception. The new model delivers an outstanding driving experience and customers will be extremely impressed with just how good the overall package is," said Ford Australia President Tom Gorman.
Mondeo is the first production iteration of Ford's exciting new 'kinetic design' philosophy, creating a sleek and dynamic profile expressing energy in motion.
"The best way to describe kinetic design is to think about a sprinter at the starting blocks, tilting forward and poised for action ? it's all about creating an athletic and purposeful stance. This is the image that the new Mondeo portrays, in motion or stationary," said Mr Gorman.
There are four Mondeos featuring in the Australian line-up, including the LX, a higher specification Zetec, a low emission turbo diesel model and the range-topping Mondeo XR5 Turbo.
Mondeo LX is available as a four-door sedan and offers impressive levels of features and safety equipment as standard, including an enhanced Intelligent Protection System (IPS), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control and seven airbags, including a driver?s knee airbag and full length side curtain airbags.
The Mondeo also features an innovative capless refuelling feature with mis-fuel inhibitor for those who have leave their petrol caps at service stations. There is also an automatic hazard warning light and optional voice control command of Bluetooth?, audio, climate and phone control systems.
The higher specification Mondeo Zetec is available in either four-door sedan or five-door hatch and comes standard with the same IPS as appears on the LX model.
In addition to the features found in the LX, the Zetec is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, a different grille, fog lamps and a premium (Sony) sound system (a six-disc CD player with eight speakers and MP3 compatibility). Other features standard on the Zetec include rain sensing wipers, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, cruise control and a leather wrapped steering wheel.
Both the LX and Zetec feature the 2.3-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine producing 118kW and 208Nm, fitted to a six-speed automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift.
The new Mondeo TDCi features an advanced 2.0-litre Duratorq four-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine that produces 96kW and 320Nm as well as the usual diesel benefit of improved fuel efficiency.
The TDCi is available as a sedan or five-door hatch and features the same level of standard equipment as the Zetec model. A six-speed automatic transmission as standard.
First seen by our eyes at the Sydney Motor Show is the top of the range, performance oriented Mondeo XR5 Turbo. Powered by the same 2.5-litre Duratec 20-valve five-cylinder turbo engine that appears in the Focus XR5 Turbo, it will sit alongside other XR performance variants in the Ford line-up. The 2.5-litre delivers 162kW and 320Nm and is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.
The XR5 offers the same safety and creature comforts as the Zetec and TDCi variants, but receives further visual enhancement through the addition of 18-inch alloy wheels, lowered sport suspension and a performance-styled bodykit consisting of front and rear bumpers, fog lamps, and unique upper and lower grilles and rocker panel moulding.
New driver-focused technologies found in the XR5 Turbo include keyless start via a 'Ford Power' start button and an enhanced cluster display featuring a 15cm premium colour screen.
Ford's new Human Machine Interface is available across the range. Consisting of easily accessible steering wheel mounted controls and an easy to read cluster display, HMI means the driver's hands never have to leave the wheel to read relevant vehicle related information such as radio, phone and personalised settings.
The two petrol Mondeo powertrains deliver fuel economy of 9.5-litres per 100km, while the diesel found in the TDCi returns a handy 7.3-litres per 100 km.
LX 4-door 6-speed automatic - $29,990
Zetec 4-door 6-speed automatic - $34,990
Zetec 5-door 6-speed automatic - $34,990
TDCi 4-door 6-speed automatic - $37,990
TDCi 5-door 6-speed automatic - $37,990
Mondeo XR5 Turbo 5-door 6-speed manual - $41,990
Prestige paint - $350
Voice control with Bluetooth - $450
LX 'Cruise Pack' option (Cruise control, rear power windows, 16" alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel) - $1,500
Sunroof (Zetec, TDCi and Mondeo XR5 only) - $1,900
Leather trim with heated front seats (Zetec/ TDCi only) - $2,000
* All prices exclude dealer delivery and statutory charges ^Range calculated based on ADR 81/01 fuel consumption of 7.3l/100km with 70-litre fuel tank