The Ford Mondeo is updated and adds a hybrid family version
The Ford Mondeo , the saloon for segment D of the American firm, presents its new restyling. This update , despite maintaining the previous aesthetic features, renews several interesting sections of the model to give it a new boost in the European market during this second part of its commercial life.
The company has made its new Ford Mondeo debut at the Brussels Motor Show , giving all its changes there, which are mainly focused on the exterior design, the updating of its mechanics, a greater technological load and in the incorporation of a hybrid version for the family body, which is commercially known as Ford Mondeo Hybrid Sportbreak .
The aesthetic differences of the exterior are not great, because the American firm basically has evolved the image varying some details com or the main grill - which now has a deeper effect -, having also checked the lower air mouth, the bumper, the main headlights and the fog lights. The rear optics have also been updated, adding a chrome trim that "unites" them.
New tire designs are offered, which are 17, 18 and 19 inches, and some new shades for the body but which depend on the level of finish selected.
Meanwhile, in the > interior have changed the upholstery of the seats, modified the door handles and varied some decorative profiles. For the automatic versions, the rotary gear selector is introduced, as we saw in the recent Ford Focus test. With this, they say in Ford, they gain additional space for storage and for objects. The interior finishes, according to the brand, have been improved in settings and materials used.
Continuing with the interior, although the console and dashboard design still looks somewhat dated , incorporates the SYNC 3 infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. According to the image, the position of the touch screen and 8-inch color is low, not being as visible as in the Fiesta or Focus.
Without fear of diesel
Surprisingly, today day, let's talk about a model that reaches the market and is practically only available with diesel engines. The new Ford Mondeo maintains its commitment to diesel , with a 2.0 EcoBlue block in versions of 120, 150 and 190 HP . Its approved consumption is very tight, with 4.5 l/100 km in the first two cases and 4.9 l/100 km in the case of the 190 hp version.As a curiosity, the Ford Mondeo is manufactured in Valencia, at the Almussafes plant.
All of them come standard with a box of manual changes of 6 gears, although the two most powerful can be associated with the automatic transmission of 8 speeds. The 190 hp version can also use a four wheel drive system.
The only version of gasoline available is the 1.5 EcoBoost 165 HP , which homologates a mixed consumption of 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers traveled.The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is a hybrid whose battery is 1.4 kWh. It is associated with an automatic transmission and the maximum power of the set is 187 HP .The Ford Mondeo Hybrid is a hybrid autorechargeable , so its autonomy in electric mode is very short.
The system consists of the aforementioned lithium-ion battery, an electric motor, a generator, the 2.0-liter gasoline engine that works in Atkinson cycle and automatic transmission. According to the brand, the 4-door version homologates a consumption of 4.2 liters , while the Sportbreak family body penalizes with 2 tenths more, 4.4 l/100 km.
Ford does not report the boot capacity of its hybrid version of four doors, but we understand that it maintains the 383 liters of the previous variant. And is that the battery is in the boot space, so the load capacity is reduced compared to the diesel and gasoline versions. In the case of the Ford Mondeo Hybrid Sportbreak, the capacity of the trunk is 403 liters .
Adaptive cruise control and intelligent speed limiter
In addition to the SYNC infotainment system 3 previously mentioned, the Ford Mondeo also benefits in this restyling of the adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function (in versions with automatic transmission). On the other hand, the updated Mondeo incorporates the intelligent speed limiter , which adapts the speed to the limitations of the road at all times thanks to the fact that it works in conjunction with the traffic signal detector.At the moment, prices are unknown of the new Ford Mondeo, both sedan and family, as well as versions with traditional propulsion and variant hybrid We hope it does not take too long to reach the market, because the Mondeo really needs this update. It may interest you