Ford Introduce Mondeo Crossover

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Ford Mondeo Crossover

Amid many reports that Ford of Europe will discontinue its much-beloved Mondeo family car, the good news is that you’ll still be able to get your hands on one, the manufacturer has confirmed.

Ford are reinventing the wheel (quite literally), with the original Mondeo being replaced by a mid-sized crossover. Much like they’ve done with its Active range, which incorporates the Focus, Fiesta and KA+ models.

The S-Max and Galaxy will follow suit, but why are these changes? And what can you expect to see in the new guise of this multi award-winning motor? Read on for full details and specs of the new Mondeo range.

What to expect from the Ford Mondeo Crossover

You may be wondering why Ford are reinventing the Mondeo, because we certainly are.

Jim Farley, Ford’s president of new business said last year that for car buyers, the new Mondeo will offer “utility benefits without the penalty of poorer fuel economy.”

The car has no name – yet. For the time being, it’s being dubbed the ‘Ford Mondeo Crossover’. That’s until the big reveal gives the car its identity.

Some key details you should know about the new car include:

  • It’s due for release in 2021
  • Ford’s innovative C2 manufacturing platform mean the car won’t be ‘samey’ when compared with class rivals
  • Ford’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine is expected to be the base unit, with a belt-driven electric motor and small battery in mild-hybrid form

But less about sentimental codenames. Let’s look at what really matters – the spec and what bang you’ll get for your buck.

Styling

Imagine a standard Mondeo chassis, but throw in a good bit of ground clearance, a leaf spring rear axle (the first-ever on a European Ford), raised suspension and an elongated rear after the B-pillar. On top of this, the bulkier body will be supported by chunkier alloy wheels that go beyond the standard 17” ones on the existing Zetec model.

What does this mean? Well, first it demonstrates how Ford are making every effort to accommodate space in the boot area for the battery – the size of which we aren’t yet sure of.

Suspension changes, the raised ground clearance and longer body will inevitably create a more formidable, SUV-like stance. The result? Although we haven’t had the privilege of getting behind the wheel of one just yet, no doubt there will be greater off-road abilities, while keeping the refined comfort of a standard car. Inspiration is meant to have come from the esteemed Subaru Outback.

Features

No hint has been made at what type of technology will be onboard the Mondeo Crossover, but what we can go off is the existing Active Crossover range.

The existing Ford Focus Active comes with a full infotainment system with touchscreen, satnav and smartphone mirroring, and excellent safety features, including hill start assist and an electronic handbrake. The brand’s MyKey is also present, letting you set a maximum speed limit, seatbelt reminder and dictate the audio volume for your car when someone else uses it.

As a bigger, more expensive vehicle, the Mondeo is likely going to come packed with the same standard equipment, plus more!

What we are sure about is the engines which will be available to power this larger take on a 90s classic. There are three available, which include:

  • A 48V mild-hybrid petrol unit
  • A form of EcoBlue diesel engine
  • A version of the brand’s EcoBoost petrol engine

Price

Much will be re-born about the Mondeo in its new crossover platform, but how will the price look compared to predecessors?

Ford hasn’t revealed what the Mondeo crossover will look like in terms of buying outright, nor have they mentioned any figures for finance options. However, the chances are that it will be more than the latest range of hybrid, diesel and petrol Mondeos, which start from £22,000 and go up to £24,000 for the largest Estate model.

Final Mondeo facelift?

The rugged Mondeo won’t be available until the second half of 2021. But until then, Ford has given eager drivers the chance to compromise and settle on of its other latest models, which are now available to order.

Unveiled at the January 2019 Brussels Motor Show, the latest Mondeo range exudes elegance, both inside and out.

A brand-new Hybrid Wagon forms a part of the line-up for the first time ever, too.

The entry-level Vignale Coupe and other trims have updated engine options which give you the following choice:

  • A 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel with 150bhp and a 190bhp automatic (choose between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive)
  • A 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol with 165bhp
  • Automatic diesels have Ford’s new intelligent eight-speed gearbox which adapts shift patterns to your driving style

The Titanium Edition is the coupe hybrid Mondeo which offers a nice alternative if you don’t need the extra load capacity and legroom offered in the huge Estate.

So, if you’re after a new Mondeo and don’t want to be left waiting another year before you get one, this is good news.

It may be the final representative in the Mondeo family, but it’s specced up to the max with Ford technology and generally looks fantastic.

All versions come with a plush 8” infotainment screen which is ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring. This will allow you to connect your phone to the large dash display and use music apps such as Spotify, or your device’s satnav.

Safety is also made paramount for all 2020 Mondeo models, with a stop-and-go ignition, road sign recognition and cruise control.

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