Mondeoset for a remake
Improved design and supply is hoped to boost sales, writes Paul Gover
THE next major remake of the Ford Mondeo has just been confirmed for Australia. It gets a major tweak to the styling, extra comfort and improved diesel efficiency, but will not come with the latest ECOboost engine used in Europe.
Ford Australia is still finalising its plan, but says it will have cars in showrooms before the end of the year. Pricing is not decided. Sinead McAlary, spokeswoman for Ford Australia, says: ‘‘We will get the car late this year, in November or December.
‘‘We’ll be getting a lot of the technical and visual updates on the Mondeo, but we’ll be remaining with the current powertrain. At this point in time we’re not taking the ECOboost engine.’’
The Mondeo will arrive after Ford’s new performance heroes, the Focus RS and Falcon GT from Ford Performance Vehicle, to add extra showroom punch with the Thai-built Fiesta baby car. It has been updated in Europe as part of a total overhaul of the Ford range there, with what the company describes as ‘‘continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design’’.
As with most newcomers these days it gets LED lamps, but there is also a new bonnet, new tail lamps and a different look to the grille. The cabin has been upgraded as Ford works to improve the perceived quality against rivals such as Audi and Volkswagen, including an overhead console on some models.
A range of driver-assist technologies are now fitted for Europe — including blind-spot monitoring and a speed limiter — but there is no news on their availability in Australia.
Ford says it is expecting a secondhalf sales surge driven by its new models and is happy with results for the Mondeo, even ahead of the upgrade.
‘‘The car is going quite well. We’ve been hamstrung a little by supply, particularly with the diesel engine in the wagon. We had good sales in August but we think that the update, and with full supply of the diesel wagon, will give us a major lift,’’ McAlary says.
New look: the Ford Mondeo’s style will be overhauled, but it won’t get the ECOboost engine .