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by Matt Brogan

Following the announcement earlier this morning that it will discontinue its Falcon wagon, Ford Australia has announced that it will add a turbo-diesel-powered version of the MB Mondeo wagon beginning Q3 this year.

Ford say the introduction of the Mondeo TDCi wagon, which promises improved performance and better fuel economy, is just one of a number of upcoming changes to the brand’s Australian vehicle line-up which include a turbocharged four-cylinder Falcon sedan and turbo-diesel-powered Territory SUV.

“The Mondeo wagon has presented a compelling proposition for wagon customers since it was introduced in July last year,” said Ford Australia Vice President Marketing, Sales & Service, Beth Donovan.

“Packed full of equipment and features, and sporting a spacious cargo area with generous payload capability, Mondeo wagon delivers an ideal package to serve the needs of both private and fleet customers.”

The four-cylinder diesel powertrain, as found in current Mondeo TDCi sedan and hatch models, will offer 103kW of power and 320Nm of torque, and should return similar fuel economy figures of around 7.3L/100km.

“Over the past 12 months there has been an increasing shift in consumer preferences for this sector of the market, with growing customer expectations for improved safety features, new technologies, contemporary styling and the option for alternative fuels,” Ms Donovan said.

“In order to meet these changing customer expectations in the long term, the Falcon wagon will cease production, while the introduction of a new diesel Mondeo wagon will present a modern alternative to fulfil the needs of both private and fleet customers.”

Ford will announce full specification, trim levels and pricing closer to the Mondeo’s quarter three launch.




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