This is the Ford Mondeo HEV, firm’s first hybrid passenger car for Europe

Article by Christian A., on September 6, 2012

At the “Go Further” brand event, Ford unveiled the next-generation Mondeo but that wasn’t the only addition to its lineup as the manufacturer also unveiled the Mondeo HEV, brand’s first hybrid passenger car for Europe. This model is powered by a 2.0-litre petrol engine teamed with a 35kW lithium-ion battery, in order to deliver a better fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions.

In terms of design, the new Modeo features company’s new design language, seen also on the new Fiesta, and as a premiere, the Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting. According to the official press release, these headlamps are quicker to illuminate, more durable and more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps.

Moreover, the headlamps turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed. Inside, the car promises to deliver unprecedented levels of ergonomics and comfort as it features soft-touch materials and premium finishes.

The interior will also feature segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch colour touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices. In terms of safety, the car has all the systems it needs but and we find the new rear inflatable seatbelts.

New Ford Mondeo Hybrid will be the carmaker’s first hybrid electric vehicle built in Europe, to be assembled alongside its diesel-powered counterpart at the company’s Valencia production site in Spain. Adding a hybrid-powered unit to Ford’s Mondeo lineup in Europe will give the carmaker further depth in the region. Ford is hoping to replicate the success of its sister vehicle – the Ford Fusion Hybrid – in the United States, where the carmaker is now the second-largest producer of hybrid vehicles.

Just like the Fusion Hybrid, the new Mondeo Hybrid employs Ford’s third-generation petrol-electric hybrid system that is known for combining the advantages of an electric powertrain (efficiency, quietness and refinement) and of an internal combustion engine (driving range and dynamism). This hybrid system employs two electric motors, one of which is used to complement the petrol engine in providing the needed power to the wheels.

The second electric motor, meanwhile, allows regenerative charging to the 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that is placed just behind the rear seats. Ford designed the high voltage electric system of the new Mondeo Hybrid to be as durable as its conventional combustion engines and transmissions.

When running in pure electric mode, the new Mondeo Hybrid could go as fast 135 km/h (85 mph) in electric mode. The combination of a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle petrol engine and electric drivetrain provides the Mondeo Hybrid around 187 PS while consuming just 4.2 liters of petrol per 100 km (67.3 mpg) and emitting just 99 grams of carbon dioxide.

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