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New Ford Mondeo due to arrive before the end of the year

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It’s been seven years since there was a new Ford Mondeo to rival the Vauxhall Insignia, Mazda 6 and Skoda Octavia, along with more upmarket models from BMW and Audi. However, Ford’s new large saloon, hatchback and estate will touch down in showrooms by the end of 2014, with prices starting at £20,795.

Featuring an Aston Martin inspired grille and smooth curves from front to back, Ford’s newest model sits somewhere between sporty and premium in terms of looks. Those after a more upmarket machine will want to consider Ford’s new Mondeo Vignale, which goes head to head with the BMW 3 Series, but carries a significant price premium over the standard car.

As with Mondeos of old, buyers can choose from a wide range of engines, including a new turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol, which though small in size, pumps out a strong 160bhp. There will also be a hybrid version for the first time providing improved economy, which will feature a 2.0-litre 187bhp engine, along with a boost of electric power. 

Other engines include everything from a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel to a 237bhp turbocharged petrol and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel. Trim levels at launch meanwhile start with entry level Style and rise through mid-range Zetec to range-topping Titanium.

The inside of the car is has a more stylish dash than before, along with comfortable seats and a huge amount of space for passengers in both front and rear seats. It will also feature lots of new technology including a large touchscreen media system and an autonomous braking system, which can stop the car automatically if it senses obstacles ahead.

This new model is a similar size to the previous generation though the Mondeo is now 4cm lower than before, for a more sporty profile. With such a good spread of models available – and a new hybrid option – we’d expect to see many of these on the roads in the near future. 

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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