The new-generation Ford Mondeo will go on sale in Australia in the second half of 2014, roughly 12 months after it was originally planned to reach our shores.
Unveiled 18 months ago at the Detroit auto show in Ford Fusion guise and initially scheduled to hit local showrooms towards the end of this year, Ford Australia today confirmed the new mid-sizer is still around a year away from launching in our market.
To be offered in hatch and wagon body styles, the all-new fifth-generation Ford Mondeo will be offered with three four-cylinder turbocharged engines: two ‘EcoBoost’ petrols and one diesel.
A new 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol will kick off the range, producing 133kW of power at 6000rpm and 240Nm of torque from 1700-4500rpm.
Ford has not released performance data for the larger 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines, though they are expected to at least match the 149kW/300Nm (petrol) and 120kW/340Nm (diesel) outputs of the engines in the current Mondeo line-up.
Ford says the Mondeo becomes the first model from the company to feature a new integral rear link suspension configuration, which is designed to deliver more dynamic performance, greater ride refinement and noise reduction.
It will also feature inflatable rear seatbelts for added passenger protection in another Ford Australia first.
Like the Fiesta, Focus and Kuga before it, the new Mondeo will feature Ford’s Sync connectivity system, which uses voice control technology to allow drivers to access functions of their smartphones and media players.
The new Mondeo will effectively take the place of the Falcon when Ford Australia ceases production of the large car in October 2016, as the company says it will not replace the locally made sedan with the similar-sized North American Taurus.
More details of the all-new Ford Mondeo will be revealed closer to its 2014 launch.