After the old generations of the family four-door saloon were nothing but jokes in the eyes of automotive journalists, Ford decided to do something about this and this new generation seems to be what the model needed. With an exterior design inspired by the Evos concept car, we can say just this: Insignia, watch out!
According to autoexpress.co.uk, the new generation of the Mondeo will go green and even if the hybrid technology won’t be offered from launch, the 2.0 liter engine mated to an electric motor will soon follow, offering the vehicle a 50 mile full electric drive range and about 500 miles between fill-ups.
Autoexpress.co.uk also says that besides the “eco-friendly”, Ford will offer the 1.6 and 2.0 liter EcoBoost petrol turbo units, where the larger version will deliver around 200 BHP while returning a 36 mpg fuel economy, and the 1.6 liter, also found in the C-Max, will deliver 150 and 180 BHP. Diesel lovers, don’t despair, because the automaker will also offer the 1.6 TDCi (112 BHP) and 2.0 TDCi with 137 and 16 BHP.
The technologies considered something worthy of the S-Class until a few years ago, like the stop / start system or the brake energy regeneration and active aerodynamics that close the grille at high speeds to improve fuel efficiency will also be fitted on the new Mondeo generation.
Ford says that the gap between its model and the BMW, Audi or Opel rivals will be closed thanks to impressive fit and finish high-quality materials used inside, along with some interesting new gadgets.
The new generation of the Ford Mondeo is expected to be officially unveiled during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March and we may be looking at the 2013 Car of the Year.