Titanium shows mettle
The revamped Ford Mondeo is a safe bet, writes NEIL McDONALD
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.