The Ford Mondeo is one of those ultra-sleek sedans that we all hope will be part of the cars that Ford will bring over from Europe. The Ford Mondeo Combi is a family car that doesn’t need a tuning kit or any improvement. Still, this didn’t stop Rieger Tuning, in cooperation with SG-Design, created a new look for the vehicle. The new kit consists in a front lip spoiler, new side sills, a roof spoiler and a new rear spoiler featuring a 4-pipe exhaust system with integrated carbon fiber air diffuser.
For better stability a new KW suspension kit was installed as well as a new set of 19 inch alloy wheels. Price of the kit: €2860.
Ford sees its future in small cars, but it won’t have to reach far to get them. It seems that the blue oval is considering converting some truck plants to begin producing cars with better fuel efficiency. While this means spending cash to re-tool manufacturing facilities, the investment will not be as great because much of the engineering has already been worked out as these cars are already on the road in Europe. Ford is keeping quiet about which cars may make the move, but creditable rumors indicate that one car being considered is the Mondeo (pictured above). Ford is not expected to make an official comment on the full plan until after it releases an earnings report on Thursday.
Ford has tried in the past to get the U.S. to drive European Fords. In the 70s Ford imported the little Fiesta and sporty Capri, in the 80s it created the Merkur brand to sell European offerings, and in the 90s the Ford Contour/Mercury Mystique was a copy of the Mondeo. These cars never found a clear audience on these shores. Even the Mondeo, which is a bestseller in Europe, was seen as too small to be an effective family car when it was first here. Ford’s best success story for a popular car on both sides of the pond, so far, has been the Focus.
But that may also be in part because the U.S. and U.K. versions are two very different drives.
The good news for drivers is that Ford’s European offerings are known to be a lot more responsive and fun to drive. Top Gear (TV) even named the current Mondeo as one of their cars of the year.
Ford is working on a four-door coupe version of its successful Mondeo. It will be a sportier car, that will compete with cars like Volkswagen Passat CC and Mercedes CLS. The car is expected to go on sale in 2012.
The coupe version will be unveiled after the sedan will receive its facelift in 2010.
The Mondeo Coupe will feature frameless side windows, vertical air vents behind the front wheels, finned C-pillars, translucent 3D tail lights, adjustable seats and the new black panel MMI touchscreen interface.
Of course the coupe will be much more expensive than the regular sedan, but for those money you will receive better technology: a start-stop system that will help reducing consumption and emissions, adaptive cruise control that can recognize speed limits, park system and many other goodies.
Under the hood Ford will place the best engines currently found in the Mondeo: the 175bhp 2.2-litre diesel from the Titanium X Sport model and a turbocharged 217bhp 2.5-litre petrol five-cylinder. The engine will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, but an option Ford will also offer the new Powershift double-clutch gearbox.
First rumor came from Autobild, last week. They were the first one to report that Ford is working on a four-door coupe version of the successful Mondeo. The car will be released in 2012-13 and will compete with the newly Passt CC .
The future Mondeo Coupe will feature new frameless side windows, swooshy upright lateral air vents, stability-enhancing finned C-posts, translucent 3D tail lights, four individually adjustable bucket seats and a new black panel MMI monitor with touchsceen and remote control access. It will also abandon the split radiator grille in favor of a new singleframe front end treatment featuring one large air intake aperture flanked by two smaller inlets/foglamps.
Ford is preparing to heavily compete with the German brand Volkswagen. A new competitor will come in 2012, and will be a coupe version of the successful Mondeo.
Although "Coupe" is too much said (the future model from Ford being a four-doors coupe, same way as the Passat CC ), the 2012 Mondeo will be created for those who are looking for a sportscar, but also want enough space for their family.
Ford didn’t revealed any details about the future car, but the guys from Autobild imagined how the future Passat CC’s competitor might look like.
The multi-award winning Ford Mondeo is set to extend its premium sporty appeal with the introduction of a new flagship - the Titanium X Sport. Visually exciting, packed with standard equipment and powered by new premium diesel or five-cylinder petrol engines, the new Titanium X Sport is the most desirable Mondeo yet.
Created in response to the recent surge in retail demand for top end versions of Mondeo, the new Titanium X Sport combines superb dynamics with premium luxury and a sportier new look.
Available in five-door hatchback and estate body styles, Titanium X Sport models are designed to stand out from the crowd. Aggressively styled 18in alloys fill the wheel arches while twin chromed exhaust tailpipes and body-coloured side skirts complete the picture.
The interior is also themed with sporty red stitching on the leather/alcantara seats, leather steering wheel and gear shift lever. Aluminium trim detailing is replaced with stylish piano black inlays. Customers can choose from two powerful and efficient powertrains. Existing five-cylinder 220PS 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol, or the new diesel, which is expected to account for the majority of sales.
Ford announced that for the 2009 model year the Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy will get a new high performance 2.2-litre diesel engine and sporty new versions of the popular ’Titanium’ series.
the new 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCi is the largest displacement and most powerful diesel engine available in Ford of Europe’s passenger cars. It gives a sustained 400 Nm of torque at 1,750rpm and 420 Nm of transient overboost provides the necessary power for brisk and confident overtaking manoeuvres. Maximum power of 175 PS is delivered at just 3,500rpm.
"The ’Titanium’ series features and styling details complement perfectly the ’kinetic design’ elements of both vehicles, and with over 50 per cent of customers ordering this series, we know it is a success," said Adams. "Now, with the sporty Titanium S we have added more overt styling elements and features to create a new and individual series derivative."
Ford’s high-tech new Mondeo guarantees smooth and stress-free travel, no matter how heavy the traffic thanks to new Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) technology. ACC not only maintains a chosen speed, like conventional systems, it also maintains a pre-set distance from the vehicle in front.
The Ford Mondeo shares the podium at this year´s motor show with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante. The frost white Ford Mondeo coolly holds its own with a body styling kit made out of real carbon fiber. The discreet front lip and the 35mm lowering kit accentuate the sporty lines of the new Ford bringing it closer to the street. The elegant roof spoiler, the rear skirt and the two branch stainless steel exhaust system (75x105mm), take care of a powerful finish. Rounding off the look nicely is the hand-polished Loder1899 bonnet in a special edition Stainless steel look in a silver, glossy finish.