US version of Mondeo gets an almighty twin-turbo V6 performance model that could've powered our own Aussie Falcon
FORD has revealed a twin-turbo V6 that could have powered the home-grown Ford Falcon – but will instead shoehorn under the bonnet of the American cousin of its fully imported European replacement.
The Ford Fusion Sport, unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show overnight as the headline act for the US carmaker’s version of the Mondeo mid-size sedan and wagon range, will push drive to all four wheels via a twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 producing a “projected” 240kW and 475Nm.
That compares with 270kW and 533Nm from the turbo 4.0-litre in-line six used in the Ford Falcon XR6 Turbo, and the 310kW and 565Nm expected out of the more highly tuned XR6 Sprint that will go on sale later this year.
Despite Detroit's 'One Ford' mantra, the Ford Australia has confirmed that the high-performance Mondeo won't be sold Down Under.
Nor will any of its tech become options on Aussie models, such as the magnetic-adjustable suspension which helps it to live up to the Sport part of the badge.
“The system features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants,” Ford said.
“Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished by an aggressive exterior with deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets.”
Ford has also used the Detroit show to reveal a conventional hybrid version of the Fusion, alongside a plug-in hybrid model that can travel up to 30 kilometres under electric power alone, kicking over to a 2.0-litre petrol engine when needed to give a combined range of about 800 kilometres.
One of the big changes for the Fusion is the move to a Jaguar-style dial replacing the traditional gear selector, which Ford says “results in a roomier cabin with easy-to-reach bins”.
The new Fusion is due on sale in the US in July this year.
Ford Australia announced in 2007 that it planned to halt Australian production of the 4.0-litre in-line six, used in both Falcon and Territory, and replace it with the V6 that powered the Ford Mustang. The plan also included fitting the Falcon's independent rear suspension to the pony car. However, the decision was reversed in 2008, helping to seal the orphaned Australian large car’s demise.
Instead, the Mustang continued with a cheaper live-axle rear until the latest model went on sale in North America in 2014 ahead of its arrival in Australia in December 2015.