The first model to be built on the company’s new global medium-large CD-segment platform, Ford says the fifth-generation Mondeo will be the most premium vehicle it has ever offered in Europe when it goes on sale in the second half of 2013.
The all-new Ford Mondeo sedan and wagon will launch in Australia a few months later, although both body styles appear unlikely to reach our shores until the first half of 2014.
New to the line-up is the Mondeo Hybrid sedan, which teams a specially developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and a 35kW lithium ion battery, promising high fuel economy and low CO2
Another first is a diesel-powered all-wheel drive variant, which Ford says is designed to deliver superior traction, performance and handling.
Ford confirmed on Thursday the entry-level Mondeo would be powered by the company’s tiny 1.0-litre three-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 92kW and 170Nm of torque (200Nm on overboost).
Australia’s Mondeo line-up will be far less diverse, however. Ford Australia says neither the 1.0-litre EcoBoost nor the hybrid are on the agenda for our market, and while it is not commenting on the diesel AWD at this stage, that model appears more specifically targeted to European winter conditions.
The 2013 Ford Mondeo showcases the manufacturer’s new global design language, combining elegant lines with chiselled, purposeful details.
The sedan’s roofline flows like a coupe while the wagon sports stunning proportions and incorporates a retractable panoramic glass roof.
The Mondeo will become the first vehicle in Europe’s medium segment to offer full LED adaptive headlights and inflatable rear seatbelts – the latter designed to disperse crash forces across an area of the body five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt, reducing the risk of head neck and chest injuries.
The MyFord Touch voice-activated in-car connectivity system will also feature in the 2013 Mondeo. The system’s eight-inch touchscreen incorporates phone, audio, navigation and climate control functions, and has the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.
More details on the all-new Ford Mondeo are expected to be revealed when it takes to the stand at the 2012 Paris motor show later this month.