PARIS, France - Ford Motor Company today announced the all-new Mondeo will be equipped for European customers with a raft of innovative technologies including Advanced Active Park Assist – Ford’s first system to support perpendicular parking.
The eye-catching car makes its global public debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, which opens tomorrow.
Ford of Europe also revealed the all-new Mondeo offers a segment-first power-adjustable steering column with memory function, massage function-equipped multi-contour seats as well as new-to-Mondeo power tailgate.
It will be also be the first Ford model for Europe to feature a new integral link rear suspension configuration that helps all-new Mondeo, the first vehicle built on Ford’s new global CD-segment platform, to deliver greater refinement and more dynamic performance.
“These features underline the sophisticated quality, technology and driving experience that all-new Mondeo delivers,” said Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development.
“The Mondeo has always been at the forefront of Ford’s European passenger car range, but the all-new model is a watershed moment for CD-segment customers and a new benchmark for feature availability in this competitive sector.”
Ford first revealed the all-new Mondeo at its “Go Further” brand event held in Amsterdam, earlier this month. Today, Ford provided further details on its flagship model, including the Advanced Active Park Assist system.
Simplified parking in a wide range of scenarios will be made possible by Advanced Active Park Assist, Ford’s first automated parking system to support parallel and perpendicular reverse parking.
The all-new Mondeo chassis will feature a fully advanced suspension arrangement alongside Electronic Power Assisted Steering for optimised handling and driving dynamics. The chassis incorporates a new integral link suspension configuration that will improve ride comfort and noise reduction, in particular for rear-seat passengers.
The first power-adjustable steering column with memory function in the Mondeo segment will enable drivers to easily optimise comfort and driving position, as will 10-way adjustable, massage function-equipped multi-contour seats. The leather steering wheel now features a heated rim.
All-new Mondeo will be available as a five-door and wagon – uniquely developed for Europe – as well as a four-door that will also be offered as a segment-first petrol hybrid electric vehicle, combining a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery to provide optimised fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.
It will be the first car in its segment in Europe to be equipped with a 1.0-litre petrol engine, the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” 1.0-litre EcoBoost. An ECOnetic Technology model will also be available powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine. Both are expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy.
In addition, customers will have the choice of efficient yet powerful turbocharged 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel. For the first time on Mondeo, a diesel all-wheel drive variant will be offered, delivering superior traction, performance and handling.
Ford’s new global design language informs the all-new Mondeo’s refined, elegant, sporty and highly expressive exterior. The low roofline enhances the sports coupe profile while retaining a spacious and practical interior, and incorporates a retractable panoramic glass roof for the wagon bodystyle.
The lean side-profile is sculpted to convey “visual lightness”, while the sophisticated and technical front end design features Ford’s new, more prominent trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive, full LED headlamps.
The interior delivers unprecedented levels of ergonomics and comfort, with superior craftsmanship throughout the driver-focused cockpit. Soft-touch materials, premium finishes and equipment contribute to the most premium Mondeo experience ever.
Mondeo will also offer segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch an in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch colour touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.
SYNC with MyFord Touch will enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while controlling phone and media player functions from connected devices, as well as the vehicle’s climate control, radio and CD-player, and navigation system, using voice commands.
All new Mondeo also delivers the European debut of Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts. These are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers. In the event of an accident the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.