Ford’s new Mondeo has been recently launched in Europe. The Mondeo is the twin of the 2013 Fusion under the One Ford strategy. The European Mondeo and American Fusion share nearly all the mechanical features. However, the Fusion is available only with a sedan variant while the Mondeo is offered to European consumers as a hatchback or a wagon too.
These bodystyles are actually not new to the Mondeo. A six-speed manual transmission is also offered to the European market. The Ford Mondeo hatchback can be distinguished by its rear wiper. This means that when the cargo is quite bulky, the entire rear windshield will have to be lifted. Predictably, the wagon extends the Mondeo’s roofline past the C-pillar, resulting in an almost square liftgate.
It appears to have broader rear fenders because the character line that runs through its door handles kinks up above the rear wheel. The Mondeo is available with the hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid powertrains that the 2013 Ford Fusion offers.
But aside from those, the new Mondeo can come with turbodiesel engines and Ford’s new 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine. The One Ford strategy makes its easy for Ford to sell the same set of vehicles in numerous countries, resulting in saving on development and marketing expenses. The two models for the U.S. will also be offered in Europe.
Ford's adaptive LED headlamp technology will have its European debut through the new Mondeo. Combining full-LED headlight units and Ford's Adaptive Front Lighting System, this technology could improve a driver’s vision at night.
In addition, the new Mondeo is fitted with an advanced version of Active Park Assist, which also includes Perpendicular Parking that allows drivers to detect appropriate parallel parking spaces and maneuver on reverse -- hands-free -- into the selected space. Perpendicular Parking goes hand-in-hand with Park-Out Assist that could be a great aid when exiting parallel parking spaces. Also integrated into the new Ford Mondeo is Side Parking Aid that could provide warning on obstacles on the front, side and rear of the vehicle.
The new Ford Mondeo also brings the carmaker’s Inflatable Rear Seatbelt technology to Europe. This technology makes passengers suffer less injury during a crash, as its belt could instantaneously expand to disperse crash forces across a body area five times what a conventional seatbelt could cover. Drivers will also be excited to learn that the new Mondeo now comes with power-adjustable, memory-equipped steering column as well as Ford Multi-Contour Seats with distinct Active Motion massage function. Additionally, the new Mondeo is provided with the carmaker’s SYNC 2 connectivity system.
Furthermore, the new Mondeo also features the now improved MyKey technology, which allows parents to program a key for their teenage drivers. With this feature, parents could disallow incoming phone calls and limit the Mondeo’s max speed. MyKey also allows parents to prevent their teenage drivers to deactivate driver assistance and safety features. Likewise, through MyKey, parent could reduce the max volume of the sound system and even fully disable it if it senses that the driver and passengers have not fastened their safety belts.