Hi-tech ad­vances for

Ford has un­veiled a Mon­deo wagon and a new top end model called the Ti­ta­nium, re­ports NICK DAL­TON.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

Glam­our plus: As­ton Martin’s Rapide is likely to be about $400,000.

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