THE NEW 2011 FORD MONDEO: ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES, HIGH EFFICIENCY POWERTRAINS AND A FRESH NEW LOOK
'The new Mondeo completes the very comprehensive update of our European family of flagship large cars which we started earlier this year when we launched the new Ford
S-MAX and Galaxy models. New designs, powertrains and technologies deliver greater driving pleasure and lower CO2 emissions, as well as a more premium feel and even more comfort and safety.
Our new Mondeo shares many of the new features and technologies introduced with new
S-MAX and Galaxy, but offers even more. Únderneath its sophisticated and sporty new design is a host of all-new technologies including Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam and Driver Alert, and an even broader range of new high- efficiency petrol and diesel engines and new Ford ECOnetic technologies.
Mondeo is already a very strong package but with the changes we are introducing for 2011 we have created our most technologically advanced Mondeo ever, deserving of its role as the flagship Ford model in our European line-up. Alongside the new C-MAX coming later in 2010 and the next-generation Focus early in 2011, the new Mondeo comes at the start of a very demanding period in Ford's aggressive new product schedule.'
Stephen Odell, Chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe
Ford of Europe is launching the most stylish and technologically advanced Mondeo model ever. With a fresh, restyled exterior, an enhanced interior, plus new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains and a host of new driver comfort and convenience features and safety technologies, the new Mondeo completes the rejuvenation of Ford's large car range, and takes its position as the flagship model in the company's European portfolio.
Following significant updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models earlier this year, the new Mondeo is the latest Ford car to benefit from the continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design, with subtle visual differences incorporated into key areas such as the front and
The Mondeo interior has also benefitted from a comprehensive rework with changes to the centre console and door panels, plus a range of new, high quality materials.
New Mondeo will see the first application of a higher performance 240 PS derivative of the efficient new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, joining the existing
203 PS version of this engine, introduced in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier
The latest Mondeo also introduces a comprehensively revised version of the 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which boasts a 12 per cent power increase to 200 PS, making it the most powerful Ford Duratorq diesel engine so far.
Ford ECOnetic Technologies are also applied to the new Mondeo range to enhance efficiency and economy, and include new features like Smart Regenerative Charging, the Ford Eco Mode driver information system and – a Ford first – an Active Grille Shutter system.
Driver assistance, comfort and convenience features abound in the new Mondeo and many of these are appearing for the first time in a Ford model, including systems for Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam. Mondeo Design
The new Mondeo is set to build on the model's established reputation as a stylish, versatile and great-to-drive vehicle, and for offering high levels of driving enjoyment and comfort to its occupants.
Central to this is the application of a fresh look for all three body styles, four-door, five-door and wagon, to distinguish the new model. Ford's design team set out to emphasise further the kinetic design signatures in each body style while incorporating new technologies such as LED lighting.
Bolder graphics and proportions at the front end, including larger lower trapezoidal and slimmer upper grilles, plus a revised bonnet profile and integral new LED day running lights further emphasise the Mondeo's premium appeal and sporty stance.
New Mondeo's sleek lines are emphasised in the side profile by a new, full chrome window surround for the higher series models, while larger, re-designed, LED tail lamps give additional kinetic movement to the rear.
Overall the revised exterior design for new Mondeo complements its premium feel and enhanced quality while hinting strongly at the model's sporty dynamics and performance. Sophisticated Interior
The interior of the new Mondeo has also been comprehensively reworked to give it a higher level of quality and sophistication through meticulous attention to detail, and by employing new, higher quality trim materials.
The re-designed centre console flows more elegantly, while the door panels feature a new 'toproll' and flush, integrated, door release mechanisms. Further enhancements include a new central overhead console featuring LED ambient lighting, and a woven headliner.
The use of new high quality interior trim materials in new Mondeo boost the overall feeling of craftsmanship and are complemented by high-class inlay foils and new 'jewel' detailing on switches and vents in satin chrome. New interior colour schemes also offer two new lighter interior executions for a rich, premium, appeal.
A wide range of new interior features also is introduced on the new Mondeo. As well as the introduction of LED interior lighting, improved audio and new Sat-Nav systems, music lovers will be able to enjoy the new Ford Premium Sound System option - an all-new audiophile system offering an eight-channel amplifier unit with total power output of
265 Watts, an all-new speaker system, which includes an instrument panel-mounted centre unit and a large 17-litre subwoofer located in the luggage compartment. New Powertrains: Ford EcoBoost, Ford Duratorq TDCi and Ford PowerShift
The new Mondeo offers a wide range of Ford's latest high-efficiency powertrain technologies, delivering a key combination of fuel efficiency and low emissions, yet still maintaining Ford's renowned driving enjoyment. The range includes Ford EcoBoost petrol, Duratorq diesel and E85 Bio ethanol Flexifuel options.
New Mondeo is the first Ford of Europe model to feature a more powerful 240 PS version of the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost power unit. This joins the existing 203 PS engine already available in Mondeo and the new S-MAX and Galaxy,
Lightweight all-aluminum construction is the key to the new 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, which features latest-generation high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing. It has an advanced combustion system which contributes significantly to achieving new levels of performance and fuel efficiency for petrol engines in this power range.
Average CO2 emissions of just 179 g/km are achieved for the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost engine, regardless of the power rating or body style. Ford EcoBoost technology offers fuel consumption and emission reductions of up to 20 per cent compared with conventional petrol engines of a similar performance.
New Mondeo also introduces a significantly re-engineered version of the 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine, which now boasts a 12 per cent peak power increase to
200 PS, making it the most powerful Ford Duratorq diesel to date.
This new powerhouse is joined by the significantly improved 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel introduced to the Mondeo range earlier this year, and available with 115, 140 or 163 PS power ratings, all three of which deliver average CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km with a six-speed manual transmission and regardless of body style.
Existing 1.6- and 2.0-litre Ford Duratec petrol engines have also been retained, offering 120 and 145 PS outputs.
For customers seeking a Flexible Fuel option - capable of running on a selection of fuel from regular petrol to E85 bio ethanol - the 2.0-litre petrol engine can be specified.
New 1.6-litre engines from the Ford EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel engine families will be available in the future to extend the wide powertrain choice even further.
New Ford ECOnetic Technologies are also available on new Mondeo to help ensure efficient and economical motoring. Innovations include Smart Regenerative Charging, the Ford Eco Mode driver information system and, for the first time in a Ford model, an Active Grille Shutter system. This electronically controlled device regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine compartment, reducing aerodynamic drag and benefitting engine heating characteristics to improve fuel economy and warm-up performance, particularly in cold climates.
Powertrain advances seen in the new Mondeo also extend to the transmission, with the latest Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system fitted as standard equipment with Ford EcoBoost petrol engines and available as an option with 140 PS and 163 PS versions of the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi. New Technologies for Enhanced Safety and Comfort
The new Mondeo range is packed with available technologies to provide customers with even higher levels of comfort and confidence.
A wide range of the latest driver assistance technologies includes Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam, all of which utilise a new high sensitivity camera unit located at the top of the windscreen in front of the rear view mirror.
Also extending to Mondeo are many features already introduced on the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models, including Ford's Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter, Rear Door Power Child Locks and Rear View Camera. LED lighting technology is used for the daytime running lights and rear tail and brake lamps as well as inside the car.
Jörg Beyer, Vehicle Line Director for Large and Luxury Vehicles, Ford of Europe, said:
'The design, technology and quality advancements we are delivering with the new Mondeo demonstrate the key role this model plays in our European range. The progress we have achieved in fuel economy and emissions through our Ford EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq diesel engines, as well as the introduction of new Ford ECOnetic Technologies, prove that customers can safely continue to choose a large car – from any of three bodystyles - without feeling the need to sacrifice on space, performance, driving enjoyment or the selection of driver assistance technologies.' 2. MORE AND SMARTER TECHNOLOGY FOR SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
'The new Mondeo joins S-MAX and Galaxy to complete the upgraded Ford flagship family in Europe and we are delighted to deliver with it the latest state-of-the-art technologies for our customers, giving them the best possible levels of comfort and confidence to complement Mondeo's renowned driving pleasure. Some are all-new technologies and others already proven, but together they take the new Mondeo to a new level of contemporary sophistication.'Rolf Deges, Chief Program Engineer Ford Mondeo
The new Mondeo is the most technologically advanced Mondeo model to date, and is packed with next generation driver assistance features – some are all-new to Ford of Europe and others are already proven in other Ford vehicles such as the new S-MAX and Galaxy models.
With all-new high-tech features, like Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam, Ford is setting new standards of expectation for customers in driver assistance aids, all of which are based around a high-sensitivity camera unit located in the top of the windscreen ahead of the rear view mirror.
'Like all driver assistance technologies offered by Ford, these have not been developed to take away overall responsibility from the driver. They do, though, offer valuable support and contribute to higher levels of driver comfort and confidence' said Rolf Deges.
Significantly, all of the new technologies introduced for New Mondeo will also be concurrently shared with the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models.New Lane Departure Warning
This system employs the forward-looking camera to continuously monitor the road ahead and evaluate where the car is in relation to lane markings. If it detects that a wheel is approaching a lane marking, the driver is alerted to this by a vibration through the steering wheel and is able to take appropriate avoiding action.
This feedback is achieved using an electric motor with asymmetric mass, which generates the vibrations and feeds them into the steering wheel. If the driver uses the turn indicator, or the driving situation suggests an intended lane change, the alert is suppressed. The system's sensitivity has a two-stage adjustment to suit driver preference, while the warning intensity can also be altered to meet an individual driver's taste.
The Lane Departure Warning system is deactivated at speeds below 60 km/h (37 mph) to avoid distraction in urban conditions and can also be switched off manually if desired.New Driver Alert
Driver Alert computes the driver's awareness level, based on statistical analysis of lane information collected by the forward looking camera and the vehicle yaw behaviour, and shows it in the instrument cluster on request.
Additionally, if the computed awareness level falls below a pre-set point – for instance, if the driver is getting tired or potentially even falls into micro-sleep – a warning chime sounds along with driver advice in the instrument cluster to take a break.New Auto High Beam
This new system maximises the usage of the headlamp high beam facility to improve driver vision significantly during night conditions. It also makes use of the forward-looking camera to detect light sources ahead and, in the case of oncoming vehicles, automatically switches the lights to low beam to avoid glare.
Additionally, the system will detect red tail lights ahead, even those with lower luminance, to make sure motorists in front are not distracted by high beam lights shining in their rear view mirrors. The high beam is also automatically deactivated in urban areas.Blind Spot Information System
This radar-based system encourages the driver to be even more thorough when checking for passing vehicles, by providing an alert to any adjacent vehicle in the driver's blind spot zones on both left and right sides of the vehicle.
It utilises two multiple-beam radar modules located on the outer corners of the rear bumper, which identify vehicles entering a defined blind spot zone and illuminate an LED indicator light on the corresponding side view mirror. This provides the driver with a strong visual warning that a vehicle is adjacent.
The defined blind spot area ranges from the side mirror to approximately three metres behind the rear of the vehicle, with a sidewards range of about three metres as well. The system automatically operates from speeds as low as 10 km/h – a much broader operational range than other comparable systems currently available on the market.Speed Limiter
This is designed to help the driver set a speed limit of choice, which the vehicle will then prevent them from unintentionally exceeding. Independently of the vehicle's current speed, with Speed Limiter the driver can select a maximum speed (such the appropriate urban speed limit or a temporary roadworks speed limit) beyond which the accelerator pedal will not accept additional input. The driver can drive the car normally up to that pre-selected speed.
The instrument panel display provides the driver with information about the set speed and the system status. When necessary, the system can be overruled by throttle pedal 'kick-down'.Rear Door Power Child Locks
When this option is taken, the rear power window deactivation switch in the driver's door panel also operates a rear door power lock. This feature offers customers more flexibility, convenience and control when carrying children in the rear seats.
LED Day Running Lights
The new Ford Mondeo Titanium and Titanium S models are fitted with distinctive LED daytime running lights as standard. Located on either side at the front, adjacent to the bumper vents, the four-LED units enhance Mondeo's sporty appeal and create a unique appearance for the new model.
By using the latest LED technology, power consumed by the daytime running lights is limited and has virtually no impact on fuel consumption. LED Tail Lamps
All versions of the new Mondeo have long-lasting LED tail and brake lights as standard, contributing to high visibility and adding a distinctive night time appearance. Rear View Camera
A new tailgate-mounted camera is optional with new Ford Mondeo when equipped with the range-topping DVD/SD PLÚS navigation system and Parking Distance Sensors. This provides a clear, wide view of the area to the rear of the car, displayed automatically on the seven-inch colour display screen when reverse gear is selected. The wide-angle view provided is of a sufficiently low level to help the driver avoid small obstacles and to reduce the risk of reversing into them.New audio and infotainment features for Mondeo
A choice of new audio and infotainment features enhance the already comprehensive list of options and include Digital Audio Broadcast capability.
All audio systems available in the new Mondeo are also now fully MP3 capable and the standard radio diversity antennas are now integrated into the window glass, helping to improve external appearance by removing the need for a roof-mounted aerial. Where fitted, the GPS antenna is also no longer visible being integrated into the rain sensor housing located behind the windscreen. Ford Premium Sound System
A powerful new audiophile in-car music option, the Ford Premium Sound System, has been designed to offer a concert hall sound experience with detailed sound-staging and lots of dynamic headroom.
Available in conjunction with the Ford CD/SD PLÚS navigation system and Sony CD systems, this all-new premium equipment offers a 265-watt (total power) eight-channel amplifier, an all-new speaker system, including a centrally-mounted instrument panel unit and 17-litre subwoofer located in the luggage compartment.
Full DSP (Digital Signal Processor) functionalities contribute to the high quality sound-staging and enable customers to adjust the sound to their personal tastes.
A total of 10 high performance speakers are integrated into the Mondeo interior and, as a result of careful component matching and basic setup, the performance of the Ford Premium Sound System is ideal for the discerning audiophile – even at low volumes.New Ford Navigation Systems
Two new navigation systems are introduced with the latest Mondeo range.
The CD/SD navigation system offers a seven-inch colour touch-screen with fresh new colour execution, a total of eight speakers, remote audio controls, MP3 compatibility and external AÚX connection for external music sources. Touch-screen functionality allows control of radio, CD, the navigation system, dual electronic air conditioning and mobile phone. By employing three tuners and two antenna phase diversity radio systems, superior radio signal reception can be achieved and the new overall layout provides instantaneous response to any user input. Another new integrated feature in the map display is speed limit information. The package also includes Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone and Voice Control System with ÚSB/iPod® connectivity port.
CD/SD PLÚS navigation system, also with a seven-inch colour touch-screen, comes with nine premium speakers – including one mounted in the central instrument panel – and offers full compatibility with the optional Rear View Camera and Premium Sound Systems.
An affordable alternative is the new Ford Mobile Navigation System, which enhances the standard in-car entertainment (ICE) system by adding the ability to integrate the latest generation of 'smart' mobile telephones, providing a practical satellite navigation facility for drivers to rival stand-alone accessory units usually seen fitted to the windscreen. Multi-media DVD System
Rear seat passengers of the new Mondeo are not forgotten either, with an optional Multi-media DVD system available for them. This includes a DVD player located under the front passenger's seat, two seven-inch LCD screens integrated into the rear of the front seat headrests, an infra-red remote control and two pairs of infra-red headphones.Source - Ford of Europe