Ford’s next-generation Mondeo will have a full-hybrid version that will be launched in 2013, completing the automaker’s European range of five electric-powered cars.
The hybrid is powered by a 160bhp 1.6-litre light-turbo Ecoboost engine and will have a 40bhp electric motor to boost total power output to 200bhp. Sources say that this electric motor will be contained in the housing of a front-drive, six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
How the motor is placed inside the transmission is similar to the design of the Bosch ‘full hybrid’ system, which is featured in the four-wheel drive transmissions of Porsche, Range Rover, and Volkswagen.
The electric motor replaces a torque converter in the Bosch system, implying that the electric motor could replace the clutches in the carmaker’s dual-clutch transmission.
The Mondeo hybrid is intended for the global market and will replace the mid-size saloons in North America, Asia, and Europe.
Joint development is being undertaken in the US, the UK, and Germany; however, engineers at Ford’s Dunton research centre in Essex are believed to be leading this project to develop the hybrid powertrain.
Ford owns a small stake in Mazda but it should be clarified that it isn’t involved. Earlier this year, Ford launched a Transit Connect EV. A Focus EV will arrive in 2012 while a petrol-electric C-Max and plug-in hybrid C-Max will be launched in 2013.
The Ford Mondeo has been known as a stylish and versatile vehicle that offers high levels of driving enjoyment as well as passenger comfort. The latest iteration of the vehicle will try to build on that reputation as all its body styles -- four-door, five-door and wagon – are set to offer a new look. Designers at Ford are aiming to further highlight the kinetic design signatures in each Mondeo body style while introducing new technologies like LED lighting.
Overall, the new Ford Mondeo is endowed with a revised exterior design that perfectly complements its premium feel and improves quality while announcing its sporty performance. The latest version of the Ford Modeo comes with a front end that features bolder graphics and more dynamic proportions. The front end is now home to larger lower trapezoidal and slimmer upper grilles, as well as a revised bonnet profile and integral LED day running lights.
Ford was able to further highlight the sleek lines on the sides of the new Mondeo by introducing a new, full chrome window surround (for higher series models). The rear end meanwhile, is marked by larger, redesigned LED tail lamps that lend the posterior part of the Mondeo with extra kinetic movement. On the other hand, the new Mondeo features a thoroughly revised interior that now dons a higher level of quality and sophistication – thanks to Ford’s painstaking attention to detail and its decision to use only higher quality trim materials.
Among the revisions implemented are the vehicle’s redesigned centre console that now flows in a more graceful manners as well as door panels with a new 'toproll' and flush, integrated door release mechanisms. Other revisions include a woven headliner and a new central overhead console with LED ambient lighting.
Elegantly complementing the high quality interior trim materials in the new Ford Mondeo are high-class inlay foils as well as new 'jewel' satin chrome detailing on its switches and vents. Customers could also choose new interior color schemes that offer two new lighter and more premium executions.
As expected, the new Mondeo is provided with exciting new interior elements like LED interior lighting, new Sat-Nav technology, and enhanced audio system as well as the optional Ford Premium Sound System with an eight-channel 265W amplifier unit and a new speaker system. This speaker system includes a 17-liter subwoofer in the luggage room and an instrument panel-mounted center unit.