Mon­deoset for a re­make

Im­proved de­sign and sup­ply is hoped to boost sales, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First Drive -

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 .

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