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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:00:06 +0000
New 2019 Ford Mondeo revealed with tweaked looks and extra tech
New 2.0-litre diesel and estate version of hybrid added to facelifted range, while prices start from £21,995
Ford has released details of a facelifted version of the Mondeo hatchback, saloon and estate range, with the hope of reviving its appeal in the ever-declining large mainstream car market.
The Vauxhall Insignia rival has been given a mild exterior redesign, with new grille designs specific to each trim level, revised bumpers and a new LED running light design. At the rear, reshaped taillights and a full-width chrome strip feature, while new personalisation options are added.
The biggest mechanical change is the fitment of Ford’s latest EcoBlue diesel engine, meeting the latest emissions regulations with a selective catalytic reduction system. It’s said to be more refined thanks to technical enhancements including a new high pressure fuel injection system, while low-end torque is also enhanced. It’s available in 148bhp or 187bhp forms.
As confirmed last year, the Mondeo estate will also new be available with a hybrid version for the first time. Expected to account for 50% of sales, the petrol-electric model uses the same 184bhp 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine mated to an electric motor, generator, 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery and CVT-mimicking automatic gearbox. The estate is expected to emit 103g/km of CO2 once homologated. Boot space for the hybrid estate is reduced from 525 to 403 litres with the rear seats in place.
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