New Ford Mondeo – Test Drive High technology on the road! Porto Cervo (Sardinia-Italy) – The American manufacturer Ford chose the suggestive landscape of Porto Cervo coast, in Sardinia, to present the international debut of new Ford Mondeo. The new car looks bigger, more comfortable and even more ambitious than the previous vesrion. That is why Infomotori.co.uk certainy could not miss this occasion! The model is a specially-built 5-door example of the new Mondeo, fitted with a sports bodykit. Finished in striking Tonic blue, the new Mondeo property was constructed by hand at Ford of Europe’s Design Studio in Cologne, Germany, in January, 2006. Renewed design The all-new Mondeo is striking and unmistakably a member of the Ford family, and takes the company’s ‘kinetic design’ form language to a new level. A comprehensive range of core bodystyles will be launched concurrently in the new range in early 2007, but the Ford of Europe design team chose the five-door as the appropriate model for CASINO ROYALE, while the new wagon derivative makes its debut at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. The new Mondeo range will incorporate all of the key ‘kinetic design’ elements: dynamic lines, three-plane plan view, full surfaces, strong shoulders, bold wheel lips, a rising belt line and a distinctive kick-up of the window graphic at the C-pillar “With the purest expression of ‘kinetic design’ revealed in the Ford Iosis Concept at Frankfurt 2005, we then introduced the first elements into volume production on the new S-MAX and Galaxy,” Smith added, “Now, the new Mondeo takes the next major step along our journey towards a more expressive and emotional Ford range.” Immediately evident in the new model’s appearance is the distinctive front end, with its chamfered corners and the deep offset between the top of the bonnet and the front wings. Seen from above, the three-plane plan view of the frontal area is immediately obvious, and a key visual link between the new Mondeo and the 2005 Iosis Concept vehicle, emphasizing their proportional relationship. The new family face of Ford is further represented at the front end by a premium-feel, large upper grille opening, and an inverted trapezoidal grille below the license plate. Large and distinctive headlamps and lower foglamps are a key design element, and draw the eye around the chamfered corners, neatly disguising the volume required to meet the latest pedestrian protection requirements. A muscular shoulder line runs through the side of the car to a relatively high point at the rear. This produces a dynamic window graphic when the so-called “daylight opening” (DLO) is viewed in profile, and an upward kick at the rear of the DLO further emphasizes the feeling of motion. Distinctive rear lamps also feature carefully designed graphics that enhance the overall feeling of premium quality. A strong undercut line runs from the bold front wing wheel lips through the side of the car. The undercut and full surfaces are key graphic elements of ‘kinetic design’ and are already becoming familiar as new Galaxy and S-MAX become more visible on European roads. Top quality interior ‘Kinetic design’ themes are carried through to the all-new interior, which features high quality surfaces, materials and finishes. Here, dynamic lines and full surfaces are again evident, and the slim instrument panel provides very generous cabin space for front seat occupants. The flow-through centre console allows the gear shifter to be located high and within easy ergonomic reach of the driver. The design team have also paid great attention to interior detailing, and examples of this include the new generation infotainment systems, plus the next generation of Ford’s Human Machine Interface (HMI). This easy to use system features the same steering-wheel toggle switches seen on new Galaxy and S-MAX, but introduces a large central LCD screen with full colour graphics situated between the main analogue instruments in front of the driver. Rear seat headroom and legroom have also come in for scrutiny by the Mondeo development team, and these have been maximized for occupant comfort and safety. The Ford team is also determined to ensure that new Mondeo will maintain its position as the best CD car for driving quality, with superior driving dynamics, and targeting best-in-class steering, ride and handling. About engines There’s nothing official about the engines: we expect petrol units like the 2.0-litre by 145bhp and 2.5-litre by 220bhp. Ford’s appreciated diesel units like 1.8-litre TDCI by 125bhp and 2.0-litre 140bhp will hit the market. Expect a petrol entry level, maybe a 1.8-litre, and a sporty, aggressive version. On the road Safe and sure. And comfortable still again. Even the most demanding driver wont’ be disappointed by the interior’s comfort of this car, as when you sit down on the rear seats, you feel like being sit on a sofa. Seats are ergonomic, well-refined and cushioned. The instrument panel is clear, and the wheel controls are “user friendly”. The manual gear is precise and perfect, the braking system is sure and reliable. Moreover, the diesel version is still more silent and efficient than the previous version, without vibrations.