The next Ford Mondeo promises to be the most advanced model yet, thanks to a new chassis and the inclusion of some fancy electronic wizardry.
In either the four-door, five door or estate guise, the all-new Mondeo will come equipped with Advanced Active Park Assist, which helps the driver with not only parallel parking, but also perpendicular parking of the sort that would be useful for getting into parking lot bays.
Also debuting with the family workhorse is “integral link” rear suspension, which purportedly offers better comfort for passengers – particularly those in the front. The whole thing will ride on Ford’s CD-segment chassis, which has been built to improve refinement.
Like the new Focus and Fiesta the Mondeo will be available with the brilliant 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, as well as a 1.6-litre ECOnetic diesel variant, both of which promise ‘best-in-class fuel economy’. Then there’s a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel, which can come with all-wheel drive if you crave more grip, and two larger turbocharged versions of the EcoBoost, a 1.5-litre and a 2-litre.
You’ll also get Ford’s SYNC in-car electronics. An 8-inch colour touchscreen will allow you to make use of voice controlled functionality such as turn-by-turn navigation, while listening to music from your iPod or Zune MP3 player. There’s even a Wi-Fi hotspot built in with support for up to five devices so all your passengers can browse the web as you eat up the miles.
Other new additions include a power tailgate so you can open it electronically when weighed-down by shopping, adaptive LED headlamps that keep the road ahead as bright as possible without blinding other road users and multi-contour seats that come equipped with a massage function. If you opt for the wagon variant, you can even gaze at the sky through a retractable panoramic glass roof.
Mondeos aren’t usually the epitome of style but that swooping roof line, aggressive headlights and an even burlier, more angular front grille make it look almost as tasteful as the Jaguar XF. It’s becoming less less pipe and slippers with every new version, and that’s a good thing if you ask us.
Ford will be revealing all at the Paris Motor Show, including the new Mondeo’s price and when it will go on sale.