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Its American Fusion sister goes on sale this fall 
All-new Ford Mondeo brings to the midsize category
Adaptive full LED headlamps, MyFord Touch and more

All-New Ford Mondeo static front-side view.

New Ford Mondeo: LED headlamps turn with the steering.

10 Sep. 2012, Gaby Sakr: Since Ford presented its 2013 Fusion midsize sedan at the 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit last January, time has come now to see its European version which will be known, even outside Europe, as the Mondeo.

Just like the Fusion which goes on sale in the U.S. this fall, the new Ford Mondeo midsize five-door, wagon (developed for Europe) and four-door sedan variants promise, in addition to their frankly elegant design, a good deal of new technologies for the D segment (upper medium category), when they start touring the European roads next year (precise dates will be known later).

All-New Ford Mondeo static rear-side view.

The boot volume of the 4-door sedan is 16.0 cu. ft. (453 litres).

Based on the American Fusion, the external dimensions are rather generous, with a wheelbase length of 112.2 inches (2850mm), a total length of 191.7 inches (4869mm), a width of 72.9 inches (1851mm) excluding mirrors or  83.5 inches (2121mm) with mirrors, and a height of 58.1 inches (1475mm). The boot (trunk) volume of the 4-door sedan is 16.0 cu. ft. (453 litres).

Ford promises the European markets that its new Mondeo will bring some of the most interesting new automotive technologies and features (like the U.S. Ford Fusion also of course) such as the first adaptive full LED headlamps, a hybrid petrol-electric version, the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, an all-wheel drive diesel version, the Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and... a retractable panoramic roof that will be optionally available with the wagon bodystyle (as it needs the extra rear roof to retract).

All-New Ford Mondeo sedan static profile view.

Generous wheelbase length (Fusion) of 112.2 in. (2850mm).

Based on Ford’s global CD-segment platform, the new Mondeo will be the first car in its segment to be available with a 1.0-litre powertrain, the 2012 “International Engine of the Year” 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine.

This platform features an electric power-assisted steering system (EPAS), a MacPherson strut front suspension and an all-new multilink rear suspension, a geometry often found in premium cars, with a stabilizer bar.

Ford adds that the new Mondeo will be its first model to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting.

All-New Ford Mondeo interior view (dashboard and console).

MyFord Touch: a voice-activated in-car connectivity system.

The new LED headlamps are quicker to illuminate, more durable, more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps, and they turn with the steering, adapting beam projection to vehicle speed, with a greater depth of illumination at high speeds and a wider field of vision at slower speeds.

In Europe, the all-new four-door Mondeo HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will be Ford’s first hybrid passenger car, featuring a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery to provide.

Also a first for the Mondeo, a diesel all-wheel drive variant will be available.

2013 Ford Mondeo station wagon estate, static front-side view.

European debut of Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts.

As is usually the case, specifications, prices, versions and standard / optional equipment lists will be available nearer to market launch during the next year, but the new 2013 Ford Fusion can give a good idea about what the European Mondeo will be.

Inside, Ford's midsize ambassador in Europe will also offer the brand's SYNC multimedia system with MyFord Touch, a voice-activated in-car connectivity system with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and a WiFi hotspot ability to bring online up to five devices.

MyFord Touch also enables drivers to use their voice commands to control phone and media player functions from connected devices, as well as the vehicle’s climate control, radio and CD-player, and navigation system, while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

All-2013 Ford Mondeo station wagon estate, static rear-side view.

Optional retractable panoramic roof with the station wagon.

Of course, even with all this assistance from modern communication systems, drivers do also know that mental distraction during a conversation over a hand-free telephone (or with a passenger), can lead to an accident, no matter the car's brand, even if both hands are on the steering wheel and eyes are set on the road ahead.

The U.S. Fusion equipment includes the MyFord Touch, a Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, two EcoBoost four-cylinder engines (1.6 and 2.0-litre), a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine (2.5-litre), an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine when the car is stationary, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manual six-speed transmissions.

On the safety side, the new Mondeo will also make the European debut of Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts, which are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers. In the event of an accident the belt helps disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.

The Fusion passive safety equipment includes dual first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant’s size, position and seatbelt usage.

 

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