Ford Australia has re-asserted that the Mondeo mid-sized hatch and wagon range remains “crucial” to its line-up, as minor updates for the 2017 model year arrive.
With the Australian-made Falcon now gone from its range, the Mondeo carries the can alone for Ford in the market, against the Holden Commodore as well as the Mazda 6, Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry, among others.
Revised design elements include new 19-inch alloy wheels on the Titanium flagship (previously 18s) shod in lower-profile 235/40 Continental tyres. The Trend and Ambiente variants also get bigger, wider wheels, up to 18-inches and 17-inches respectively.
Pricing on the Trend and Titanium is up $500, but static on the Ambiente.
There’s also a new paint hue called Metalicious, described as “a warm tinted clear-coat silver with a high degree of colour flip and sophistication”.
Engine choices remain a 149kW/345Nm or 177kW/345Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol matched to a six-speed auto, or a 132kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel matched to a six-speed DCT.
Ford’s mid-sizer remains otherwise well-equipped. July last year saw Sync 3 made standard, bringing an 8.0-inch screen with pinching and swiping gestures, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, a range of compatible apps like Spotify, and Australian-tuned voice control.
Mondeo sales climbed 47 per cent last year to 3122 units in a segment down 2 per cent — enough for 6.1 per cent share. A promising result yes, though short of the Camry, Mazda 6 and Subaru Liberty, and also the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.
Mondeo sales are up a further 6.3 per cent this year, in a segment down 10 per cent, and Ford’s 846 sales trail the Mazda 6 by just 52.
“The Mondeo is crucial to our line-up, and continues to receive praise from media and customers alike for its design, innovative features and safety,” said Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman.
“The changes for 2017 give consumers even greater choice and style for what’s a technologically advanced package, with EcoBoost engines, smart diesel as well as SYNC 3 technology.”
For context, in its final year the locally-made Commodore has 5607 sales thus far, though it’s hard to imagine the 2018 imported Opel-based replacement getting close to this.
Incidentally, the US-market Ford Fusion updates (the Mondeo is called the Fusion there) that we saw last year will not be carried over to our Spanish-made models. There’s also no sign of the Fusion hybrid police pursuit car for us.
2017 Ford Mondeo pricing (before on-roads)
2017 Ford Mondeo specifications
Features additional to Ambiente:
Features additional to Trend: