Trying to stop a Range Rover driving at a speed of 150 km/h (93 mph) is not always a good move. Three French police officers have learned it in the most tragic way, as two of them - age 32 and 40 - were killed and the third one, aged 54, was seriously injured.
First details suggest that the police officers were chasing the Range Rover for multiple infractions of the road. The police car - a Ford Mondeo - tried to block the SUV, which apparently had no intention to stop and the impact was of a "rare violence."
The Range Rover driver - age 22 - has a pretty hefty criminal record, as he was involved multiple small thefts and drug trafficking, and was arrested five times for driving offenses. Initial reports suggest that during this incident he was under influence and medical reports revealed 1.4 grams of alcohol per liter of blood, while the limit is 0.5 grams / liter of blood. He was also without driving license.
The all-new Ford Mondeo is set to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show at the end of September, but the first details on the car have been unveiled today at Ford’s "Go Further" brand event.
As promised, the car has been inspired by Ford’s latest design language previewed by the Evos Concept launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. These elements include a new, more prominent trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive, full LED headlamps. In fact the new Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting.
Under the hood Ford has placed the company’s new 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and for the first time Mondeo will be offered in a hybrid version that combines a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery.
Also, as a first, Mondeo will offer segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch, a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch color touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.
The new Mondeo will go on sale in early 2013.
Updated 09/06/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
The next generation Ford Mondeo - sold as the Fusion on the US market - was first caught testing as a sedan, but our spy photographers have recently spotted the wagon version testing in the snowy Alps in Europe. It’s still not clear if the wagon version will be offered in the U.S., but in Europe it’s the most sold variant of the Mondeo.
Despite the camouflage covering the wagon, you can easily notice that the next Mondeo will be borrowing design elements from the Evos Concept launched at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new model is set for an official release in 2013-2014, so there’s still no word on what will be hiding under the hood. That being said, it will probably carry the usual array of 4- and 6-cylinder engines, with a hybrid version popping up shortly after the release as well.
Will this generation be the one to convince Americans that wagons are the way to go? Probably not, but the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon may open the doors enough for other wagons to benefit.
Ford will be unveiling the next Mondeo model at the Paris Auto Show in October. It will be getting a fresh, restyled exterior and an enhanced interior, plus new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel powertrains.
The new Mondeo will be featuring a larger lower trapezoidal and slimmer upper grilles, plus a revised bonnet profile and integral new LED day running lights, a new, full chrome window surround for the higher series models, and larger, re-designed, LED tail lamps. The interior gets a re-designed center console and new high quality interior trim materials.
Changes were also made under the hood in the form of a more powerful 240 HP version of the 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost power unit, a significantly re-engineered version of the 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that now delivers 200 HP, and new 1.6-liter engines from the Ford EcoBoost petrol and Duratorq TDCi diesel.
Ford UK has launched a new special edition Mondeo Sport that will go on sale this month at a price of £18,795 for the petrol version and £19,495 for the diesel. The new Mondeo Sport will be limited to only 3,000 units and will go on sale on September 1st for a limited time. If you’re interested, you should probably get on board and be quick about it.
The standard equipment list will include a satellite navigation system covering Europe, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, and a self-dimming rear view mirror. Further features include 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, and a solar reflect windscreen. Exterior body colors include Frozen White, Panther Black, Sea Grey, and Moondust Silver.
The Ford Mondeo Sport can come equipped with either a 1.8-liter 125PS diesel or 2.0 145PS petrol engines.
The Ford Mondeo Sport will go on sale in five-door and estate body styles.
Ford will unveil a facelift version for their Mondeo sedan and station wagon on August 25, 2010 at the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS). The new model will go on sale in September featuring a new exterior and upgraded interior, new high-efficiency Ford EcoBoost petrol, and TDCi diesel powertrains.
On the exterior the facelift Mondeo gets new grilles featuring a bolder lower trapezoid and a slim, stylish opening above. It will also receive an enhanced bonnet profile, LED daytime running lights, re-designed rear lights with LED technology, and a new rear deck lid treatment. The interior gets a new flow-through center console design, revised door treatment featuring flush and integrated door release handles, and a new central overhead console featuring ambient lighting.
Under the hood Ford will place a 2.0-liter Ford EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine delivering 240 HP and a new 2.2-liter Ford Duratorq TDCi engine with 200 HP. Next to these two options, the facelift Mondeo will be offered with its standard engine lineup with output ranging from 115 HP to 163 HP.
Yesterday, we talked about Ford’s EcoBoost technology in their Start Concept. Now at the Beijing Auto Show, Ford has announced that they will also include their EcoBoost Technology in Europe’s Ford Mondeo. The Mondeo will receive the 2.0L I4 EcoBoost engine mated with the new Ford Powershift six speed automatic transmission. This single turbocharger with a direct fuel injection delivery system delivers torque comparable to a V6 engine while fuel economy is boosted by 10%.
“Customers have embraced EcoBoost technology because of its ability to deliver power and performance with uncompromised fuel economy,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford group vice president for global product development. “We’re committed to bringing this technology to multiple vehicles so that more customers can take advantage of the no-compromise Ford EcoBoost combination of power, performance and fuel economy. Ford EcoBoost works in any gasoline engine, so adding a 4-cylinder engine to complement our V6 line-up was a logical development.”
Along with that announcement, Ford also announced that the 2.0L I4 EcoBoost will be the first EcoBoost engine to go global with the 1.6L and the 4 cylinder following shortly thereafter. They have already revealed the Europen lineup featuring the 2.0L engine: Ford S-Max, Galaxy, and Mondeo will start off the transition. The Ford Edge will receive the engine later this year while Australia’s Ford Falcon will inherit the 4 cylinder engine in 2011.
This announcement comes as no surprise to us. We figured Ford would be running full steam ahead with this technology that cuts CO2 emissions by 15% compared to larger displacement engines with similar power. Cutting CO2 emissions seems to be an important trend and we are sure Ford will be taking advantage of that as any other automaker would.
There are plenty of cars from around the world that never go on sale here in the U.S. market, one of them is the shapely Euro only Ford Mondeo. While the Mondeo was previously a true world car, being sold around the globe, the full size family car hasn’t been sold in America for almost a decade. Aside from missing out on the attractive styling of the fourth generation Mondeo, we are also missing out on Ford U.K.’s latest economical offer. The Ford Mondeo Titanium ECOnetic is a next generation turbo diesel powered family sedan that offers outstanding fuel mileage at a very affordable price, not to mention a few stylish options.
The ECOnetic part of the Mondeo’s nameplate comes from the car’s 2.0 Liter TDCi power plant that produces a maximum output of 115 HP that with the help of an optimal gear indicator helps the turbo diesel Mondeo to get an estimated average of 54.3 MPG. These numbers alone would be impressive for any vehicle, but when you consider that the new Mondeo ECOnetic is available with a set of stylish lightweight 16 or 17 inch rims, a lowered suspension as well as an optimized aero package complete with air deflectors and a rear spoiler all aimed at reducing fuel mileage robbing parasitic loss from heavy spinning items and aerodynamic drag that acts like a parachute pulling the car back from its intended direction of travel. In addition to all the items that make the ECOnetic Mondeo so great, the price trumps tem all; starting at only £23,295 for the space saving five door model and £24,545 for the estate.
Ford has launched on the German market the special edition Mondeo Sport. It will be limited to only 500 units, with prices between 29.150 euro and 33.400 euro.
The Mondeo Sport comes with sports suspension lowered by 10 millimeters, 17-inch alloy wheels in 5-Y-spoke design, tinted windows and the silver roof rails, MS-Design front and rear bumper aluminum decors.
Customers can choose from three engines: 2.0 Duratec with 145 hp, 2.0 Duratorq 140 hp and 2.2 Duratorq 175 hp.
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.