Ti­ta­nium shows met­tle

The re­vamped Ford Mon­deo is a safe bet, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - News -

HIGH-CLASS safety is the new Mon­deo mar­ket­ing mantra. Ford is launch­ing a re­freshed mid-size line-up this month with some seg­ment-lead­ing safety tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing the ad­di­tion of a for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing sys­tem and adap­tive cruise con­trol on the XR5 and new Ti­ta­nium mod­els.

The Ti­ta­nium also gets ac­tive head­lights and the XR5 gets bi-xenon head­lights.

Apart from the added safety gear, the Ti­ta­nium shares its 2.3-litre four-cylin­der en­gine with the LX and Zetec. How­ever, it gets all the Zetec safety and crea­ture com­forts while adding 18-inch al­loys, body kit, sports sus­pen­sion, leather and sun­roof.

To sim­plify the line-up, the sedan has been dropped, Ford re­ly­ing on the hatch and wagon to drive sales.

The re­vamped range now con­sists of the en­try LX hatch and wagon, Zetec hatch and wagon, Ti­ta­nium hatch and XR5 hatch.

Buy­ers looking for a lit­tle ex­tra can now opt for the pre­mium Ti­ta­nium hatch, which will sit along­side the tur­bocharged XR5.

But un­like the 162kW/320Nm 2.5-litre turbo XR5 hatch, Ti­ta­nium buy­ers have the choice of ei­ther the 110kW/208Nm 2.3-litre four-cylin­der petrol or 110kW/ 320Nm 2.0-litre TDCi tur­bod­iesel.

No tur­bod­iesel is avail­able in ei­ther the LX or Zetec wagon, but the Zetec hatch is avail­able with a petrol or TDCi pow­er­plant.

Pric­ing re­mains largely un­changed. The petrol LX hatch is $31,990, petrol Zetec $36,990 and diesel Zetec $39,990.

The new petrol wag­ons add only $1000 to the price.

Prices for the XR5 turbo petrol have risen by $1000 to $44,990, and the petrol Ti­ta­nium slides in un­der the turbo at $42,990. The diesel Ti­ta­nium, which matches the XR5’s 320Nm torque fig­ure, is $45,990.

Ford ex­pects the Mon­deo wagon to be a pop­u­lar seller and it has more lug­gage room than a Holden Sport­wagon.

The Sport­wagon has 895 litres of lug­gage room with the rear seats up, 2000 litres with the seats folded.

By com­par­i­son, the Mon­deo has 1005 litres of lug­gage room, grow­ing to 2163 litres with the rear seats folded.

Af­ter lack­lus­tre sales when the Mon­deo was launched in 2007, Ford has sig­nalled its in­ten­tion to push the up­dated range into the main­stream to tackle the Toy­ota Camry, Honda Ac­cord Euro and Mazda6.

Ford sold just 4872 Mon­deos last year.

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