After yesterday it revealed the new Fiesta, Ford unveiled today the next generation Mondeo for Europe. The design is not new for us as the vehicle is in fact the Ford Fusion with a new name, but the changes will be see under the hood, where the Mondeo will be equipped with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.
This will make the 2013 Mondeo the largest vehicle from Ford to carry that small displacement engine. Ford expects the new Mondeo to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km.
For those who don’t know, Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost, received the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” award and delivers 125 PS and 170Nm of torque (and up to 200Nm in “overboost” mode).
The engine features advanced technologies including twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), a compact, low-inertia turbo that spins at 248,000rpm, direct fuel injection, an aluminium cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold, low friction piston coatings, low tension piston rings, low friction crank seals and a cambelt-in-oil design. More details to be revealed when Ford will release them!
With an aim to make the new Mondeo stronger and safer yet lighter and more sustainable, Ford opted to employ advanced materials as well as production techniques. For instance, the A-pillars, B-pillars, and roof rails of the new Mondeo make use of hydro-formed high strength steel while its inner tailgate structure is made from magnesium. This magnesium inner tailgate structure is around 40-percent lighter than a steel equivalent.
The Ford Mondeo powered by the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is now up to 115 kg lighter, thanks to a recycled Front Energy Absorber, which has been designed to comply with pedestrian protection requirements in the United States and Europe. Overall, the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost Mondeo is 25 kg lighter than the 1.6-liter EcoBoost model of the previous generation. In fact, 80 percent of weight savings were reinvested in technology to make the Mondeo safer and more comfortable, as well as more fuel efficient and more eco-friendly.
Koesters remarked that weight savings have been re-invested to inject more comfort and convenience features into the new Mondeo. Ford also infused fuel-saving features like aero-shields and Auto-Start-Stop technology, while making the body structure of the Mondeo stronger and safer. He noted safety relevant areas are now stronger by 40 percent and verified the safety performance of the Mondeo not just with thousands of computer simulations but also with over 180 real-world crash tests.