Ford has launched the all-new, German-engineered Mondeo.
This has been hailed by Ford Europe as its most technically advanced car ever, and it will be on sale here very shortly with sedans starting from $35,990.
For Building Today readers’ interest especially, the wagon variant will be available with either a manual or automatic transmission and in one of only two specification levels, standard for the wagon.
Styling an important consideration
Styling is certainly an important consideration for the new Mondeo, but it takes a back seat to the safety specifications. All Mondeos now offer Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and driver’s knee airbag as standard.
Modifications to the outgoing model include a wider track, optimised front suspension, redesigned rear suspension, isolated rear sub-frame and an optimised steering system.
Mondeo also comes to us in sedan or hatch — this last one with a new 2.3-litre Duratec, 4-cylinder petrol engine coupled to the new Durashift 6-speed automatic transmission with a Sport mode, or a 2.0-litre 4 cylinder petrol engine mated to a 5-speed manual.
Standard features for the hatch include 16-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, a 6 stack CD player and an upgraded trim package.
Zetec hatches offer a Sports Pack which includes 17 inch alloy wheels, a sporty body kit and leather trim.
Ford New Zealand has launched an interactive Mondeo microsite on the www.ford.co.nz web site where customers can register for exclusive access to information about the new Mondeo, including pricing and specification details.
The wagon starts from $37,490 for the manual and $39,490 for the automatic.