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New Ford Mondeo for 2014

By raccars Published

The next generation of Ford's Mondeo is due towards the end of next year and details are trickling in. Originally planned for this year, the delay has been attributed to factory disputes.

As was revealed at last week's Shanghai Motor Show, Ford will be arming the Mondeo with a very modern 1.5 litre Ecoboost petrol engine. This is a slightly smaller capacity than in the current cars' 1.6, but is expected to generate the same 148bhp and improve upon fuel economy and emissions.

The rest of the engine line up has yet to be confirmed but expect to see 1.6 and 2.0 litre Ecoboost petrol units, plus 1.5 and 2.0 litre TDCi diesels. The standard gearbox will be a six-speed manual, with an optional six-speed twin clutch Powershift. There's also talk of a four-wheel drive diesel automatic, a first for the Mondeo.

The updated Ford Mondeo will sport similar dimensions to the existing car, but will ride about 40mm lower. This, along with slimmer pillars and ultra-sleek bodywork, gives it a lithe and athletic air, while some big wheels add to its road presence.

The front end will look substantially different from the current Mondeo, with an almost aggressive look familiar from the Evos concept car. The rear end is equally sophisticated and, overall, the new Mondeo looks like a more expensive car than it is likely to actually be.

The same air of refinement permeates the cabin, with plenty of soft-touch finishes, some very welcoming seats and a clever layout, that makes the most of the available space. No expense has been spared either on supplying the Mondeo with the best in modern auto technology. Ford's online-capable SYNC infotainment system sits alongside MyFord Touch, using voice recognition technology to control all the major functions.

There's also a plethora of driver-assist technology, such as lane keeping, blind spot warning, active park assist, adaptive cruise control and even a fatigue detector. Neither has Ford stinted on safety, with all the usual kit, plus inflatable rear seat belts.

A new Mondeo estate is planned to join the range but the release date is affected by the same delay and as such, is not likely to be seen until 2015.

To keep punters happy in the meantime, the existing Mondeo has been subject to some mid-cycle refreshments, with the entry-level Graphite model boosted by a £2,000 cheaper price, but gaining some extra kit, plus the addition of a Titanium X Business trim level. The existing 2.0 litre TDCi unit has also been tweaked to get a few extra miles per gallon.

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