Ford has revealed the new Mondeo range will cost from £20,795 – and it’s on sale now, with deliveries at last promised by the end of 2014.
The long overdue new Mondeo range will compromise the familiar line-up of Style, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X versions, offered in five-door hatchback and a petrol-electric hybrid saloon, plus a bespoke-for-Europe estate version.
The single Titanium Hybrid, costing £24,995, means the Mondeo will be offered in petrol, diesel and hybrid for the first time in its 20-year history – and every single engine in the line-up is turbocharged too.
The hybrid will average 67.3mpg and emit 99g/km CO2, but the 1.6-litre TDCi 115 diesel is even better; it’s capable of up to 78.5mpg and emits as little as 94g/km CO2. It is, however, the only diesel to dip under the 100g/km CO2 barrier; only one engine from the 2.0-litre diesel range of 150hp and 180hp motors dips under the 110g/km mark.
Petrol alternatives compromise 1.5 Ecoboost SCTi 160 and 2.0 Ecoboost SCTi 240 – the much-anticipated 1.0-litre Ecoboost, the smallest engine ever fitted to the Mondeo by some margin, arrives in early 2015. An all-wheel-drive version also comes in 2015.
Generous spec for new Mondeo
Built in Spain, all versions of the new Ford Mondeo offer climate control, DAB radio, Emergency Assistance telematics, cruise control and SYNC2 infotainment with 8-inch colour touchscreen. The Zetec adds details such as speed limiter, front fog lamps, more body-coloured exterior panels and Quickclear heated windscreen. It can also be fitted with sat nav for £300.
The combination of SYNC2 and sat nav means the new Mondeo’s smart voice command system can seek out restaurants simply by the driver saying ‘I’m hungry’.
Titanium X has bigger alloys, sports seats, standard sat nav and a fully electronic instrument pack, with Titanium X boasting full LED headlights, electric leather seats and rear privacy glass.
Ford has pinpointed several key models it expects will become best-sellers, including the 2.0-litre TDCi 150 ECO Zetec, costing £22,545, and the £23,495 2.0-litre TDCi 150 Titanium.
Safest Ford Mondeo yet gets new engines, fresh kit and sophisticated rear suspension
The 2015 Ford Mondeo will cost from £20,795 when it goes on sale by the end of the year. The range which includes four trim levels, rises to £27,550.
Specification highlights include an automatic braking system capable of detecting humans and a engine range including a 1.0-litre petrol engine and a new twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel producing 207bhp. For the first time in the Mondeo range a petrol-electric hybrid will be offered.
As with the current car, hatchback and estate models will be available but the new car will see the reintroduction of a four-door saloon.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 specs and equipment
The new Ford Mondeo is the safest the company has ever built thanks to a raft of new features and a body that's 40 per cent stiffer.
The new safety features are led by the latest autonomous braking system technology. It can detect humans and can reduce the severity of a collision (or completely avoid it) at speeds of up to 50mph. The system can recognise humans in the road, or those about to enter the car's path using cameras mounted on the windscreen. If it detects an imminent collision an audible warning sounds and the brakes are primed for action. If the warnings are ignored, the car applies the brakes independently.
That system is backed up by Active City Stop, which can apply the brakes when it detects an imminent collision with a car at speeds of up to 25mph. Pre-Collision Assist uses radar and cameras to scan up to 200m ahead and can apply the full force of the brakes if required.
For the first time the Mondeo will be available with inflatable rear seat belts that can keep the passenger tightly strapped in the event of an accident. The new system is backed up by a further nine airbags.
Other safety features available on the new Mondeo include Adaptive Cruise Control, which can match the speed of the car in front, and Lane Keeping Aid which gently steers the car in lane. Traffic sign recognition, which displays roadside information on the dashboard, is another option.
LED headlamps that can be used on full beam without blinding other road users, and an automatic parking system, which can parallel park and reverse into bays, complete the new Mondeo's substantial list of safety features.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 engines
The 2015 Ford Mondeo will have a wide range of engines from launch. Diesel engines will form the core of the engine range with three 2.0-litre diesel engines as well as a 1.6-litre engine. The 1.6 is the economy chamption with CO2 emissions rated at 94g/km, but even the 2.0-litre diesels won't emit much more.
The flagship diesel is an all-new 2.0-litre engine thar produces 207bhp thanks to the use of twin turbochargers, much like the new engine to be found in the next-generation Volkswagen Passat.
The petrol line-up embodies the concept of downsizing, with 1.0-litre, 1.5 and 2.0-litre engines available. The 1.0-litre engine, which is also fitted to the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus, will produce 123bhp and CO2 emissions of 119g/km for a £30 annual road tax bill when it goes on sale in early 2015. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine will be offered with 158bhp and CO2 emissions of 134g/km.
The 148 and 178bhp versions of the 2.0-litre diesel engine will be available in either front-wheel drive, or in a first for the Ford Mondeo, four-wheel drive.
Ford Mondeo Hybrid
For the first time the Mondeo will also be available as a hybrid. It will be sold as a four-door saloon only and will have emissions low enough to be exempt from paying road tax.
The Mondeo Hybrid will use a 2.0-litre petrol engine and two electric motors - one to drive the wheels and another to recharge the battery. The lithium-ion batteries are anticipated to last 10 years and 150,000 miles. The engine and motors will work in conjunction with a CVT automatic gearbox.
Like the rest of the range, it will be fitted with a number of features that cut drag by 10 per cent to further aid economy, including grilles that close to make the car slip through the air more efficiently and automatic start-stop.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 drive
Ford has become a master of producing cars that are not only comfortable, but also fun to drive and the new model looks set to continue the trend. Its sophisticated rear suspension gives more absorption than the old setup, but features a stiffer construction for more direct handling.
It's bolted to a chassis that is 10 per cent stiffer and significantly lighter than the old car's for even more accurate handling. Ford will also throw in a long list of electronic aids - including the strangely-named Active Nibble Compensation - all making it safer and easier to drive quickly.
The introduction of electric power steering means Ford can now offer steering weight settings including Comfort, Normal and Sport, which can work in tandem with Ford's Continuous Control Damping. It optimises the car's suspension depending on the road surface.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 interior
Crucial to the new Ford Mondeo is an added sense of quality something that is also being chased by the new VW Passat and the facelifted new Peugeot 508. That comes not only in the form of the car's classy new chrome grille, but also in improved interior quality thanks to premium finishes and soft-touch plastics.
Interior road noise has been reduced by three decibels in the rear and two decibels in the front, while the rear windows are made of thicker glass to reduce wind noise. Added sound deadening and improved seals ensure this will be the quietest Mondeo yet.
The new Mondeo comes with the most affective air-conditioning system in class – capable of cooling from 55 degrees centigrade to 18 degrees centigrade in 15 minutes. New equipment includes a power-adjustable, memory-equipped steering column, a power tailgate; heated steering wheel plus heated and cooled front seats with a massage function.
Another new feature is the Ford SYNC 2 voice recognition system, which is operated via an eight-inch touchscreen and can act on voice commands as well as reading incoming text messages. It also gets Ford's MyKey – a key that lets you limit the car's top speed and the stereo's maximum volume, for the use of younger drivers.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 release date & price
The 2015 Ford Mondeo is priced from £20,795 for the entry-level five-door Mondeo 1.6 TDCI ECOnetic in Style trim. Estate models start at £22,045.
New Ford Mondeo 2015 trims
Four trim levels are available in the Ford Mondeo range: Style, Zetec, Titanium and Titanium with X pack (or Titanium X as it's more commonly known.
Style models, which start at £20,795 include 8in colour touchscreen, 16in alloy wheels, DAB radio, dual zone climate control air con and cruise control.
Zetec models, priced from £21,045 feature power folding door mirrors, heated front windscreen and height and lumbar adjustment for the driver's seat. Satnav is available for an additional £300.
Titanium models, which cost from £22,245 add 17in alloy wheels, sports seats, satnav, automatic headlights and wipers, traffic sign recognition and lane keeping aid which helps to prevent drifting out of lane. Active park assist is available for £450.
Titanium X models, priced from £24,745 feature LED headlights, leather trim, electric and heated front seats and tinted glass. A memory function for the electric steering wheel adjustment is a £200 option.
New Ford Mondeo Vignale
Ford will also introduce an upmarket version of the Mondeo called the Ford Mondeo Vignale. It will compete with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class and Audi A4. Ford has equipped it with plenty of upmarket features including big alloy wheels, chrome door handles, a new grille, a redesigned front bumper and new fog lights.
The interior also gets a premium makeover, with quilted leather seats, luxury floor mats and leather on the dashboard and steering wheel.
As it will sit at the top of the Ford Mondeo range, we expect it to cost upwards of £30,000, but the price will include a high-end care package that aims to give excellent levels of customer service.