FORD Australia will introduce an updated version of the Mondeo to its showrooms in the second quarter of 2019, with a subtle facelift bringing new engines, a new gearbox, and safety tech improvements.
Visually the changes are minimal, with sedan variants gaining a new bumper and new grille inserts and alloy wheel designs on some models. Under the skin, however, the tweaks are more substantial.
Ford’s new eight-speed automatic gearbox is now available, along with advanced safety features such as adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, and an intelligent speed limiter that uses traffic sign recognition technology. Cabin infotainment has also been given a boost, with an 8.0-inch touchscreen now available.
Another first is the addition of a hybrid version in Europe for the Mondeo wagon, which produces a total system output of 138kW by combining a 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine and a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery system. Ford expects hybrids to account for half of all European Mondeo sales.
However, a Ford Australia spokesperson confirmed to Wheels the electrified Mondeo would not be coming Down Under.
The current Mondeo’s 132kW 2.0-litre ‘TDCi’ diesel engine is replaced by Ford’s fresh ‘EcoBlue’ unit, in 110kW and 140kW states of tune. In certain markets the new diesel engine is offered with all-wheel drive, though every variant in the Australian line-up will continue to drive solely the front axle.
Ford will begin to sell the new Mondeo overseas from March, with an Australian arrival expected in the second quarter of the year.