The mid-range Trend also adopts lower-profile rubber, which envelop 18-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels. This trim grade previously featured multi-spoke 17-inch wheels.
The base model Ambiente sedan ditches 16-inch wheels for the same 17-inch, five-twin-spoke alloys already used by the wagon variant. Tyre width is also increased by 20mm.
There are now nine exterior colour choices with the addition of the optional ‘Metalicious’ – which Ford describes as a “warm-tinted, clear-coat silver”.
The new, larger wheels and sportier tyres increase the value of the Mondeo range, which starts from $33,190 for the Ambiente trim grade, from $37,290 for the Trend, or from $44,290 for the flagship Titanium.
The Mondeo continues to be offered in either five-door hatch or wagon guises, with power supplied by either a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol or 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel.
It’s the latest update for the fourth-generation Ford Mondeo, which was released locally in early 2015. In 2016, Ford added the latest evolution of its Sync infotainment system to its mid-size car.
After the first quarter of 2017, a six per cent year on year increase has helped the Mondeo move into third ahead of the Liberty – increasing market share from six to nine per cent.