• May 6, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Ford Mondeo Titanium X Sport

The Ford Mondeo has been a well received car in Europe, and Ford says that there's so much demand for high-end models that it's decided to introduce a new top-of-the-line version called the Titanium X Sport. Dubbed "the most desirable Mondeo yet" by Ford, the Titanium X Sport will be available either as a saloon (sedan) or estate (wagon) and be powered by Ford's 2.5L turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine or its 2.2L TDCi diesel mated to a standard six-speed manual transmission. New 18-inch alloy wheels, side skirts and chrome dual exhaust tips add a premium punch to the visuals, while the interior benefits from red stitching on its leather seats, as well as a cow hide-covered steering wheel and shifter. You'll find no wood veneer on this car's instrument panel, as aluminum inserts and piano black inlays give the Mondeo's domicile a more stark and modern feel. There is a "sports suspension", but it appears that the Titanium X Sport is more show than actual go. Buyers will, however, get a nice long list of standard features to keep them company while accelerating to 62 mph in 8.4 seconds in the diesel-powered version.


[Source: Ford Europe]

PRESS RELEASE

SPORTING APPEAL FOR NEW FLAGSHIP MONDEO
  • New Titanium X Sport heads Mondeo range
  • New 175PS 2.2 TDCi premium diesel introduced
  • Sports suspension and equipment upgrades
  • Available on 5 door and estate
  • Priced from £25,355

BRENTWOOD, Essex, May 6, 2008 – The multi-award winning Ford Mondeo is set to extend its premium sporty appeal with the introduction of a new flagship - the Titanium X Sport.

Visually exciting, packed with standard equipment and powered by new premium diesel or five-cylinder petrol engines, the new Titanium X Sport is the most desirable Mondeo yet.

Created in response to the recent surge in retail demand for top end versions of Mondeo, the new Titanium X Sport combines superb dynamics with premium luxury and a sportier new look.

Available in five-door hatchback and estate body styles, Titanium X Sport models are designed to stand out from the crowd. Aggressively styled 18in alloys fill the wheel arches while twin chromed exhaust tailpipes and body-coloured side skirts complete the picture.

The interior is also themed with sporty red stitching on the leather/alcantara seats, leather steering wheel and gear shift lever. Aluminium trim detailing is replaced with stylish piano black inlays.

Customers can choose from two powerful and efficient powertrains. Existing five-cylinder 220PS 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol, or the new diesel, which is expected to account for the majority of sales.

With 35PS more than its 2.0TDCi sister, the new 175PS 2.2-litre TDCi engine is among the smoothest units of its type combining swift, quiet acceleration of 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 139mph with a combined economy figure of 45.6mpg. CO2 emissions are low too at 165g/km.

Generously specified, the Mondeo Titanium X Sport's standard equipment includes in-dash Sony six CD player, voice control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, front and rear park assist, dual-zone climate control and Ford Power start button.

Additional upgrades over the standard Titanium include advanced Bluetooth connectivity, bi-xenon lights, alloy pedals and sports suspension.

Both engines come with six-speed manual gearbox and insurance groups are 12E for diesel and 14E for petrol models.

Available to order now and priced from £23,355 (5 door) and £26,605 (estate) on the road, Titanium X Sport adds more premium appeal and choice to Ford's popular Mondeo.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Mondeo is a good car, but it's a fair bit smaller than the Fusion; about the same size as the Mazda6, which is often derided for being too small. It's the same reason we got the Saturn Pontiac G6 (read: Aura) instead of the actual Opel Vectra. I'd like Ford to bring this car over, too, but North American reviewers and customers would bitch incessantly about how it's smaller than the Camry/Accord/Malibu, how the engine is less powerful, etc, etc.

      Essentially the same complaints that torpedoed the Mazda6.

      What I'd like to see Ford do is fix up the more egregious problems that the Fusion has: slightly chintzy interior materials and a lack of power for it's mileage figures. It's a pretty good car otherwise--much better than people give it credit for--and with a few few tweaks would certainly review better than the Malibu. The Mondeo, amazing as it is, just would not sell here.

      The second part of this, though, would be not giving us a Fusion reskin as the next Mazda6. Please, Ford: the raison d'etre for Mazda is offering cars that you cannot sell in volume; cars that compete with VW and Acura. Trying to make Mazda a mainstream brand by diluting their focus on small, sporty and Euro/Asian packaging will force them to compete directly against Toyota, Hyundai or Honda, instead of exploiting a niche that those three choose to ignore. That's not a battle Mazda can win. You might manage it (and indeed should) but don't throw Mazda to the wolves. Let them continue to make decent margins on small sales figures, rather than force them to chase marketshare.

      Remember the last 626--the rebadged Contour version? Or the Protege that was pretty much identical to the Escort? Remember how well those sold compared to the 3 and 6? Don't go down that path.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe you mean the MX-6/Probe?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Have to pull you up on that one the mondeo new model is way bigger then the 2007 model mazda 6 I cannot comment on the new model mazda. In fact the interior space for rear passengers is larger in the back then a chevy impala, and certainly it drives far more sophisticated then both them cars, the 6 while sporty I found crashy and hard and the impala while comfy is like driving a barge the mondeo blends comfy and sporty the way it should be done, the interior in the chevy and mazda feel very low rent when compared with the mondeo. I have driven the 3 above cars in the last month.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I stand corrected on the 626/Contour. Touche!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, the '91-'96 Escort was a rebadged '90-'94 Protege, with the Escort GT corresponding to the DOHC Protege. But you're right about the 626 and Contour relationship (or lack of). But let's not forget that the Contour itself was the 1st generation of Mondeo! Having owned an SVT Contour, I would welcome the Mondeo's return (even if it were a Mercury)...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Excuse me, but no version of the 626 was ever a rebadged Contour. Nor was the Protege ever an Escort. Nice theories, but get your facts right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Mondeo smaller than Fusion? The sedan is 2" shorter than the Fusion, but the wheelbase is actually longer on the Mondeo, so it has a larger interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So the guys and gals at Dearborn decided that this wouldn't sell over here? I wouldn't buy it, i don't need a car that big, but i bet my pops would love it.

      Looks like the XF's hotter little sister.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My Kia Optima Could take that thing lol

      Ya right lol but all and all it is a nice car
      • 6 Years Ago
      Time to unleash the floodgates of "Why don't we get this" comments. It's beautiful. Why don't we get this? The wheels look Lambo Gallardo-ish. Very sexy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      psarhjinian - The new Mondeo's a pretty big car - quite a bit bigger than the model it replaces, and at least as big as a Fusion, Camry or Aura. And since the trend is towards smaller engines, I don't think it'd do as badly as you think. I'm definitely thinking Ford should reinvent Mercury the same way GM has reinvented Saturn, to sell its successful cars from the rest of the world.

      Wombert - The sedan version of the new Mondeo looks almost exactly the same as the hatchback version! So do you think the sedan's ugly too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ford should have put the headlights of the Mondeo onto the XF.

      I'd like to see what the two look like side to side. I bet there's more than a little family resemblance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      $50 000 for a Mondeo?

      Can someone introduce me to an American who will buy that?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can not compare prices in the EU to prices here. Cars typically are priced much higher in the EU than here in the states.
        • 6 Years Ago
        it would be right around 30K here and quite doable
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have to remember that in the EU (or Canada for that matter), the avalanche of taxes, fees and tariffs can pile on as much as 50% to the cost of the car depending on it's classifications.

        Anyway, JUST BRING THE DAMN THING OVER HERE.....NOW!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, the thing is that Ford have stated time and time again that they simply will not be building these models or current platforms in the US for some time to come.

        If you want a European Ford in the US, go buy a Volvo. They share the same vehicle platform, are almost identical in terms of internal components, engines and performance.

        The differences are obviously the brand and the build quality is generally much better on the Volvos.

        Although, because of the US to Swedish Krona exchange rate issue, Volvo are currently loosing money on every single car they sell in the US.
        • 6 Years Ago
        $50,000 if you built it in Europe and then exported it here, yes. If they built it here they could probably keep it priced closer to a Fusion.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Should be cheaper in the US, If Ford gets the tooling and builds it there, and to the same quality.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't know how many times I have to explain this.

        It's only $50K at forex rate terms, i.e. if you physically take your greenbacks to the UK, get them exchanged, and buy one. But you'll also find that a Big Mac meal will set you back over $9 as well for the same reason.

        In real terms, i.e. actual purchasing power, this would cost the equivalent of around $29K-$34K in the States.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When are they gonna X Sport that thing over here???
        FEW
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed on all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only other Ford I would drive (aside from my current Explorer, which I didn't get to choose) would be this car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they can't import it, they should just have one of the NA factories build it. Ford's family cars here are worthless.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +10 Internets for you.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nice, you rule.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes we do get better health care and pensions etc... It is the choice
      you make when you decide to live in a socialist democracy such as
      Sweden.

      Concerning the difference between Volvo and Ford build quality, it
      depends on your how you judge build quality.

      If you look at the interior quality you will see that Volvo are
      aiming for the premium car segment (Audi, BMW etc), hence the
      plastics and interior fittings are of a much higher standard.

      As many of the mechanical systems are the same as the Ford
      counterparts, the build quality of those can be judged to be equal.

      However, the reason that the European Ford's have improved so
      dramatically over the last few years is simply because they were
      forced to platform share with Volvo Cars.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed.
        I am one of those who really doesn't much care about the feel of the plastics and such, as long as it is all durable and works. For me, if the car is reliable it is high quality, if it breaks down, it isn't. All the luxury tactile surfaces in the world don't count fopr anything when you are sitting on the side of the road with a broken widget.

        Platform and component sharing is a good thing, and essential for cost reasons, but I reckon the buyer of the non-premium product ultimately gets the better deal. It all comes down to preferences inthe end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Yes we do get better health care and pensions etc... It is the choice you make when you decide to live in a socialist democracy such as Sweden."

        More and more Americans are awakening to that fact. Heck, we spend over 33% of our money on taxes (http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxfreedomday) and still face living on the streets if we're stricken with some sort of serious illness. And pensions? Many here will work until the day they die.

        You pay a lot in taxes to provide healthcare and retirement security. Americans pay a lot in taxes to invade foreign countries and kill people. Personally I'd take the healthcare but you'd be surprised how many here disagree.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is 45.9 European miles per gallon.

      So it is closer to 38 mpg in US terminology...

      Then when you factor in that the US fuel economy figures are calculated on the FTP-75 emissions drive cycle which is very different to the European emissions drive cycle, things become even less clear.

      AND to make matters even worse... the emissions calibration for these diesel engines in Europe would not pass the Federal emissions test without some significant work and subsequent loss in fuel economy.

      The final nail in the coffin is that the diesel particulate filters/oxidation catalyst require a diesel fuel with very low sulphur content - which is not availiable in the US.

      In summary: GAME OVER

      But why would you want a diesel anyway? When gas is only $4 a gallon. Here in Europe we are paying closer to $9 per gallon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        N is exactly right. We here in the US have always paid lower prices for gas and diesel than the Europeans, Japanese and most everyone else. The only ones paying less than us are the Saudi's and several more countries that I can't name off the top of my head right now. Just do a search for gas price per country in U.S. dollars, and you'll see.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm trying to understand your comment about $9/gallon for gas. Surely you don't mean nine pounds, or nine euro, right? You're converting the £4.50 or so into American dollars, yes? If that's the case you have to do that for everything, like a £3.99 latte at starbucks that's also 3.99 in the US, just in a different currency. I was just in London and everything is priced very similarly to the US - it's almost an identical 1:1 spending ratio, it's just that the dollar is worth half as much over there. Now, your automobile prices, I weep for you - you guys get screwed to the wall.
        • 6 Years Ago
        N is exactly right. We here in the US have always paid lower prices for gas and diesel than the Europeans, Japanese and most everyone else. The only ones paying less than us are the Saudi's and several more countries that I can't name off the top of my head right now. Just do a search for gas price per country in U.S. dollars, and you'll see.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a Volvo.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes it shares platform with the current Volvo V70/XC70 and maybe the next S60. The wagons have the same wheelbase (AFAIK around 283cm) and share many engines (starting with the 2.0l 140hp diesel to the turbocharged I5s).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not yet. It will provide the platform for the upcoming S60 and XC60, but there itsn't a Volvo that shares the platform yet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very nice, I'd take one in a second.
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