The first local media drive of Ford’s new Mondeo will occur in April, the carmaker has confirmed, with a showroom debut expected to come in the second quarter.
Making its debut first in 2012 as North America’s new Fusion, production delays saw the Mondeo’s European launch postponed, causing a knock-on effect for Ford’s Australian arm.
The delay saw the ageing third-generation Mondeo concede more ground to the new versions of established rivals in the new Toyota Camry and Mazda6.
The incoming Mondeo has spent the past six months in a cold war with the market-leading Camry, with Ford highlighting the benefits of its new midsizer against Toyota’s fleet favourite.
The value of Ford’s marketing campaign will be put to the test in just over a month, when the new Mondeo arrives with two bodystyles, six trim grades, two petrol engines and one Hybrid Camry-bettering diesel unit.
Ford has also confirmed that it will offered a new hybrid model in Australia “within the next few years”, and it is likely the Mondeo Hybrid that we’ll see.
Entry ‘Ambiente’ liftback sedan and wagon models in the regular Mondeo range will be powered by a 149kW/345Nm four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, while the mid-range Trend and top-spec Titanium liftback models will up power to 177kW.
Representing the diesel end of the range will be a 132kW/400Nm unit, available across all three trim grades and with both body styles.
All three engines are matched to six-speed automatic transmissions.
Ford late last year trumpeted the fuel efficiency of its new diesel Mondeo, its 5.1 to 5.3 l/100km figures comparing favourably to the Mazda6 diesel (5.4 l/100km) and the petrol-electric Camry Hybrid (5.2 l/100km).
Fuel consumption for the petrol models falls between 8.2 and 8.5 l/100km, depending on the trim grade and body style.
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Fog lights
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Electronic park brake
- Cruise control
- Dual-zone climate control
- Leather steering wheel and gearshifter
- Cloth upholstery
- SYNC 2 infotainment system with satellite navigation and digital radio
- 8.0-inch high-resolution touchscreen
- Bluetooth connectivity and USB, RCA and SD card inputs
- Inflatable rear seatbelts
- MyKey system
Mondeo Trend (in addition to Ambiente)
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Dual exhausts
- Puddle lamps
- Auto folding mirrors
- Keyless entry
- Adaptive cruise control
- Auto dimming rear-view mirror
- Push-button start
- 10-way power front seats with heaters (driver’s seat with memory)
- Auto headlights and high beam
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Part-leather upholstery
- Reverse-view camera
- Active city stop braking
Mondeo Titanium (in addition Trend)
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Sports body kit
- Power tailgate (wagon only)
- Adaptive suspension
- Adaptive LED headlights
- LED daytime running lights
- Panoramic glass roof (fixed on hatch, powered on wagon)
- Driver’s side electrochromatic mirror
- Leather sports seats with rear heaters
- Multi-colour ambient lighting
- Scuff plates
- Power reach/rake steering column
- Aluminium pedal covers
- Blind spot detection
- Enhanced active park assist
- Lane keeping aid and assist
- Lane departure warning
- Driver impairment monitor
Watch for TMR’s review of the all-new Mondeo to come in April, and catch our ongoing Mondeo coverage below.