If you are eagerly awaiting the release of the 2013 new Ford Mondeo originally scheduled for June please note Ford have pushed back it's release to the last quarter of 2013. Here is an outline of what you can expect with the new Mondeo range:
The 2013 Mondeo will be a tad longer than it's predecessor putting in clearly in the large family car bracket and in direct competition with the VW Passat and Vauxhall Insignia cars. The new Mondeo is also going to boast a better build both inside and out with improved materials and finish, clearly Ford are hoping to 'pinch' some of the market from the entry-level Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series vehicles. Some notable styling updates are at the front of the car with new, slimmer, all-LED headlights, and a new eye-catching grille not unlike an Aston Martin one! The side profile of the vehicle is very similar to it's predecessor with a slightly more sculptured look and at the back of the vehicle the bumper has smoother lines and the rear lights are slimmer plus it sports a new polished exhaust, all the improvements add a touch of class to the 'look' of the new Mondeo.
The new Ford Mondeo Estate model will offer the option of a panoramic sunroof.
Inside the new Mondeo is likely to be very much the same for space but will sport more of a soft-touch finish with quality trims/finishes, as we already mentioned Ford hopes to make the car and appealing alternative to the entry-level Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series.
Options will include Sync, Ford’s Microsoft-developed in-car entertainment system with an 8 inch colour touch-screen, the system streams music to the car’s speakers from your phone and also incorporates Bluetooth and Internet access. The MyFord Touch system should be available, too, offering voice control for all major systems.
Safety equipment will includes inflatable rear seat belts that spread crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts thus reducing pressure and injuries to the chest, head and neck for rear seat passengers. Also promised are a lane-keeping system, radar-equipped adaptive cruise control and hands-free auto-parking.
Improvements have also been made by Ford to the already excellent Mondeo handling with finely tuned electric power-assisted steering, a MacPherson strut front suspension and an brand new premium multilink rear suspension – clearly an indication again that Ford plan to make an assault on the Audi A4 and BMW 3 market.
The 2013 new Mondeo should be available in a range diesel and petrol engines icluding some new smaller engines. The petrol engine will include a 1.6 and 2.0 litre EcoBoost units and if you prefer the automatic option you can benefit from Ford's latest Powershift gearbox. There will also be a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid versions. The hybrid will make use of a 2.0 litre petrol engine and can run solely on electric power up to 62mph. Ford boasts that the plug-in Mondeo Hybrid will be the most fuel efficient family car hatchback worldwide, quoting economy figures in excess of 100mpg. The diesel engines should include at least two variations of the 2.0 litre turbocharged unit, it's anticipated that the 1.6 turbodiesel will be phased out, replaced by a new more efficient 1.5 litre engine (already used in the Ford B-Max). Diesel engines will be offered with 4WD on all three bodystyles, the Ford Mondeo Hatchback, Mondeo Saloon and Estate. There is also expected a 'speedy' option with an engine outputting 177bhp.