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by Tim Beissmann

Ford Australia has revealed the pricing details for the 2011 Ford Mondeo equipped with the all-new 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine ahead of its local launch in July.

The Ford Mondeo Zetec EcoBoost hatch will be priced from $37,740 while the top-spec Ford Mondeo Titanium EcoBoost hatch will start at $44,990. The new engine is not available in the Mondeo wagon.

The 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine replaces the 2.3-litre Duratec unit, which is now available only in the base model LX hatch and wagon. The EcoBoost engine produces 149kW of power and 300Nm of torque (between 1750-4500rpm), up from the 2.3-litre’s 118kW/208Nm figures.

The EcoBoost’s combined cycle fuel consumption is 8.0 litres/100km and it emits an average of 187g/km CO2 (down from the Duratec’s 9.5 litres/100km and 227g/km).

Like the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel model, the EcoBoost’s power will be delivered to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The EcoBoost engine and new transmission add $1500 to the price of the Zetec and Titanium models. The specifications of both cars otherwise remain the same. Prices of all other models in the 2011 MC Mondeo range are unchanged.

The pricing of the Mondeo EcoBoost models gives us an indication of what to expect when Ford launches the Falcon EcoBoost in the first quarter of 2012.

It appears Ford Australia is unlikely to charge a significant premium for the new engine technology, suggesting the four-cylinder Falcon will be priced reasonably compared with the current inline-six, which starts from $40,290 in XT specification.

Although it is yet to be confirmed, the 2012 Ford Falcon EcoBoost is expected to produce 177kW of power and 339Nm of torque, with combined cycle fuel consumption figures around 9.0 litres/100km. The Australian-made I6 produces 195kW and 391Nm while burning 9.9 litres/100km combined.

2011 Ford Mondeo manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

Hatch

  • LX 2.3 Duratec – $30,990
  • LX 2.0 TDCi – $34,990
  • Zetec 2.0 EcoBoost – $37,740
  • Zetec 2.0 TDCi – $39,740
  • Titanium 2.0 EcoBoost – $44,990
  • Titanium 2.0 TDCi – $46,990

Wagon

  • LX 2.3 Duratec – $32,840
  • LX 2.0 TDCi – $36,840
  • Zetec 2.0 TDCi – $41,240
  • Titanium 2.0 TDCi – $48,490



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