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Ford has unveiled a Mondeo wagon and a new top end model called the Titanium, reports NICK DALTON.
IT is part of a new upgraded MB series Mondeo range with two new petrol wagons and the Titanium premium nameplate which replaces what used to be Ghia as Ford’s top-ofthe-range branding.
A host of new technologies and features also have been added to the range, including Adaptive Cruise Control and Dynamic Headlights with cornering lamps.
The Mondeo wagon comes in both LX and Zetec specification levels when the new line-up goes on sale later this month. All Mondeos are six-speed automatics except the XR5 Turbo which is a six speed manual.
Ford Australia boss Marin Burela said the wagons, first shown at the Melbourne International Motor Show last year, have been designed to fill the niche between the Mondeo hatch and the old style Falcon wagon.
"Mondeo has always been acclaimed for its strong attributes, particularly its driving dynamics, safety performance and interior package,” Mr Burela said.
“With the new range we’ve taken these qualities a step further, adding advanced vehicle technologies and improving standard equipment levels to deliver an unmatched mid-size package.”
Mondeo wagon only comes with 2.3-litre Duratec four-cylinder engines (118kW of power and 208Nm of torque) and six-speed automatic transmissions with Sequential Sports Shift.
The safety package is the same as the hatch, which has earned a maximum five-star safety rating from ANCAP. The package includes an enhanced Intelligent Protection System (IPS) complemented by an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), automatic hazard warning lights activation and seven airbags, including side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.
Luggage capacity is 542L with the rear passenger seats up and 1733L with the seats flat.
With the introduction of the MB Mondeo range, the Mondeo LX is now available in $31,990 (plus on-road costs) hatch and $32,990 wagon body styles, while the sedan has been discontinued.
Standard LX specification includes airconditioning, front power windows, an eight speaker CD audio system with auxiliary input for MP3 players, steeringwheel mounted audio controls, heated power mirrors, Ford Easy Fuel capless refuelling and “follow me home” lighting. New equipment and features for Mondeo LX includes the advanced Bluetooth handsfree with Voice Control system, cruise control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Mondeo is the only car in its class to offer voice control technology, which is now standard across the entire range. The system extends beyond synchronisation of a compatible mobile phone with key vehicle systems, to also include audio and climate control system, the latter on Zetec specification level and above.
The Mondeo Zetec’s extensive list of standard equipment carries over from the previous model and includes key features such as 17in alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, a premium Sony audio system with six-disc CD player, automatic headlights, fog lamps, rain sensing wipers, Park Assist, driver’s seat power height adjustment, cruise control and a leatherwrapped steering wheel.
For the new model, Zetec specification has been upgraded to also include a USB input for USB/MP3 player integration and full iPod compatibility with the audio system, and the high-series Human Machine Interface (HMI) with Ford Convers+ premium colour instrument cluster display (previously only on the XR5).
There also is a new seat trim fabric for the interior, while a chrome belt liner has been added to further improve exterior appeal. The Zetec also gains the advanced Bluetooth hands-free with Voice Control.
The Titanium hatch model line will be available with the 2.3-litre Duratec four-cylinder petrol engine ($42,990) or the optional 2.0-litre Duratorq turbodiesel engine ($45,990).
It features a sports body kit, including a front and rear bumper skirt, side skirts, distinctive upper and lower grilles and a fog lamp kit, along with a sports suspension and 18in alloy wheels.
On the inside there is Alcantara/leather seat trim along with variable heated front seats, a power sunroof with tilt/slide functionality, a keyless start system with Ford Power starter button, Bluetooth with Voice Control and B-pillar mounted air ducts for the rear passenger compartment.
Standard on Titanium are Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Forward Alert ( FA) and Collision Mitigation, and Dynamic Headlights with swivelling low beam headlights and static cornering lights, both of which are a first for a Ford vehicle in Australia. It also has Ford’s Smart Key key-free entry system.
The top-of-the-range, performance XR5 Turbo model ($44,990) picks up all the new hi-tech features as well as 18in alloy wheels in a new, five-spoke sports design, bi-xenon High Intensity Discharge ( HID) headlights with static cornering lights and dual chrome exhaust outlets with a straight finish.
On the inside there is new contrasting red stitching for the Alcantara/leather seat trim.
Niche wagon: The Mondeo wagon is designed to fill the niche between the Mondeo hatch and the old style Falcon wagon.
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