• Jun 25th 2010 at 1:32PM
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Ford of Europe has dropped the first official photos of the refreshed 2011 Mondeo, along with some details on the mechanical updates. The only substantive visual change is a reshaped front fascia with a larger trapezoidal lower grille similar to the Fiesta and the upcoming 2012 Focus, as well as reworked driving lights.

Behind that new grille Ford has added the same type of active shutters the Focus is getting to restrict air-flow at higher speeds or colder temperatures, reducing turbulence and aerodynamic drag.

The rest of the engine compartment is occupied by two new powertrain options, including a more powerful 237 horsepower version of the 2.0-liter Ecoboost inline-four that debuted earlier this year. At 179 grams per kilometer of CO2 emissions, the new Ecoboost will have the same fuel consumption as the lower power unit and 20 percent less than a V6 of similar power. This more powerful unit is likely the one that we will get in the Edge and Explorer for 2011. All of the Ecoboost engines are mated up a six-speed dual-clutch Powershift gearbox similar to the unit that just debuted in the Fiesta in North America.

The second new engine is a reworked 2.2-liter diesel inline-four that now puts out 197 hp, a 12 percent bump from the previous edition. The new Mondeos will will be shown publicly at the Moscow Motor Show in August and go on sale in the fall.

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* August debut for new Mondeo at the Moscow Show, on sale in UK in October
* New Mondeo debuts new 240PS Ford EcoBoost turbo petrol engine
* New 200PS 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel engine
* Extensive list of new technologies includes Lane Departure Warning, Auto High Beam, Driver Alert, Active Grille Shutter and Smart Regenerative Charging

BRENTWOOD, Essex, 25 June 2010 – Ford of Europe will debut its stylish and technologically advanced new Mondeo at the 2010 Moscow International Automobile Salon on August 25. The new model – in UK dealerships in October – features a restyled exterior and uprated interior, new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains, plus a host of new driver comfort and convenience features and safety technologies.

The first official preview images show that, following similar updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy models earlier this year, the new Mondeo is the latest to benefit from the continuing evolution of Ford kinetic design.

"The Ford Mondeo is already a very strong package and, with the significant design changes and in particular the comprehensive array of new technologies we are introducing, we have no doubt that the new model will strengthen Mondeo's position as the flagship Ford model in our European line-up," said John Fleming, Ford of Europe chairman and CEO. "This is the smartest, safest, most environmentally friendly and best quality Mondeo we have ever launched, and it completes the regeneration of our CD segment range in 2010."

Smart design, enhanced quality

Key exterior changes include distinctive new grilles featuring a bolder lower trapezoid and a slim, stylish opening above, plus an enhanced bonnet profile. New front bumpers include LED daytime running lights, and re-designed rear lights also employ LED technology. Additionally a new rear deck lid treatment matches the revised rear light profile.

The interior is also upgraded and features a new flow-through centre console design, revised door treatment featuring flush and integrated door release handles, and a new central overhead console with ambient lighting. New trim materials across the range have been selected to enhance the premium interior feel of the new Mondeo.

New Mondeo's interior also benefits from a range of new features, including the introduction of LED courtesy lights and a new satellite navigation system, while music lovers will be able to enjoy the new Premium Sound System option which incorporates a 265-watt, eight-channel amplifier unit, all-new speaker system and large, 17-litre subwoofer.

Higher performance, more technology

The launch of the new Mondeo will see the first application of a higher performance 240PS version of the efficient 2.0-litre Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine. This will be complemented by the existing 203PS version of this engine launched in Mondeo, new S-MAX and new Galaxy earlier this year.

While the new 240PS engine provides extra performance, average CO2 emissions are targeted to be just 179g/km, the same as the 203PS unit, regardless of bodystyle. Ford EcoBoost technology also provides fuel consumption and emissions reductions of up to 20 per cent compared to traditional petrol engines of a similar capacity.

Another first for the new Mondeo is the introduction of the comprehensively revised 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine, which boasts a 12 per cent power increase to 200PS, making it the most powerful Duratorq diesel engine to date. The Mondeo TDCi line-up sees this new engine joined by a significantly improved 2.0-litre DuratorqTDCidiesel that has already been introduced to the Mondeo range earlier this year. This engine is available with 115, 140 or 163PS power ratings, with all of them delivering an average CO2 emission of just 139g/km with a six-speed manual transmission, regardless of bodystyles.

To make these powertrains even more efficient, a number of new Ford ECOnetic Technologies are now made available, including Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and – a Ford first – an Active Grille Shutter system. This electronically controlled device regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine compartment to reduce aerodynamic drag, but also offers benefits to the engine heating characteristics to improve fuel economy and warm-up performance in cold weather.

Powertrain advances in the new Mondeo also extend to the transmission: the latest six-speed Ford PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission system comes as standard for Ford EcoBoost petrol engines, and will be available as an option for the 140PS and 163PS versions of the 2.0-litreDuratorqTDCi.

The new Mondeo range will include a comprehensive array of driver assistance features, many of which are appearing for the first time in a Ford model, including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam. New features already introduced in the latest S-MAX and Galaxy models are now extended to the Mondeo range, including the Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter, Rear Door Power Child Locks and Rear View Camera.

Note: This reflects preliminary European information on the new-look Mondeo, due on sale in theUK in October. Mondeo powertrains, specs and prices available in Britain will be announced nearer to launch.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a nice car and it sucks it never came here. Luckily I have seen a handful in person.

      But at this point in time, there is no reason to bring it here. It wouldn't be worth it.

      Oh and hasn't the five cylinder been called a harsh engine?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice design work FoMo!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, and I forgot to mention this last and one major point... that this car is not made by the UAW. It is not for sale in North America. This is the most basic way to advise you that you are wrong. I am sure the UAW would love to make this car if and when Ford decides to join the Fusion and Mondeo around 2012 as they are doing with all of their other models around the world under the One Ford program. Until then, people just like the looks of this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be a segment leader in the united states if it could be priced competitively. I do wish they could squeeze anouther 25-40 hp out of the motor so that it would be stronger than the V6 motors we've grown accustomed to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, about 240hp for the HO 2.0L I4 EcoBoost. And of couse, the existing 3.5L V6 EcoBoost is around 350hp (with more likely in future versions).

      This still leaves a ~100hp gap that I remain convinced will be filled by at least one future EcoBoost motor of 2.5L to 3L displacement, be it a 4 cyl or V6, or perhaps one of each. I realize that they will probably keep the naturally aspirated V6's around for some time (if not indefinitely, in some models) but I still think that ultimately there will be an EcoBoost to cover all desired power outputs. And I don't think they'll stretch the 2L I4 that far, except for high performance cars like the Focus RS or MazdaSpeed3. A vehicle like the future Kuga/Escape would really benefit from an EcoBoost motor with 275hp and 300ft-lb or so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget about the 3.7L. That hasn't received DI yet....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point about the output of the 2L turbo in the Sonata, Greg Aryous. Though, even if Ford does something similar with their 2L EcoBoost, that still leaves a sizeable gap between it and the 3.5L V6.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Lookin damn good. Better than the Taurus, in my opinion. I dunno if they are the same segment but they are both big sedans and I prefer this one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The biggest they sell there, yes but it still competes with mid size cars there. The 300 if I remember is still sold in Europe and that competes with the Taurus.

        But I get what you are saying as in range topper... who knows with this one Ford maybe Ford will start selling the Taurus again over there in its next generation... rumor has it its supposed to migrat to an extended version of the Mondeo/Fusion platform
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is more in line with the Fusion. Taurus is a full size it would slot above this.

        That wagon is beautiful, I would get one as my next car if it sold here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't have a Taurus in Europe - this is the biggest sedan Ford sells, so it is technically the equivalent of our Taurus (range-topper), but it's the size of our Fusion. This size makes more sense to me - the new Taurus is a boat!
        • 5 Years Ago
        No way, Taurus looks better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ohhhhhhhh, the Mondeo wagon. I want one.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Will they bring this (and the wagon version) to the US? I would to know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      very sharp looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have you SEEN the Crosstour & ZDX???!!!! ...or for that matter the front end of any Acura or the past couple of years??
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Taurus looks like the Mondeo's very fat, semi-slow American cousin. Kind of like the Stig and his fat American cousin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it me, or is this evocative of a Jaguar XF?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would be the other way around. The Mondeo has been out since 07. This one is just a light refresh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see it too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think you want a European car.
      Is too expensive here, and whit the difference in euro / dollar, in the U.S. will cost even more.

      That's prices for the actual Mondeo sold here :
      (the prices are whitout taxes !!! , for the real price you need too add an extra ~ +25% for taxes !!! - if the engine is higher so are taxes !!!)

      Mondeo Ambiente - incepand de la 16.690 EUR (pret fara TVA)
      Mondeo Trend - incepand de la 17.730 EUR (pret fara TVA)
      Mondeo Ghia - incepand de la 19.650 EUR (pret fara TVA)
      Mondeo Ghia X - incepand de la 21.120 EUR (pret fara TVA)
      Mondeo Titanium - de la 19650 EUR (pret fara TVA)
      Mondeo Titanium X - de la 21.120 EUR (pret fara TVA)
      Mondeo Titanium S - de la 25.700 EUR (pret fara TVA)
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