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Ford Mondeo facelift (2011): first news and photos

Fri, 25 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0700

By Tim Pollard

First Official Pictures

25 June 2010 12:40

Ford has just issued these first pictures of the new, facelifted for 2011 Ford Mondeo. The revised Mondeo will be shown at the 2010 Moscow motor show in late August and will arrive in UK showrooms in October 2010.

What's new on the 2011 Ford Mondeo?

This is the first time we've seen the full-fat 237bhp 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in the Mondeo; a 200bhp version of the same turbo four will also be offered; and a new 198bhp 2.2-litre Duratorq TDCI engine also joins the ranks.

The range-topping 237bhp EcoBoost engine has a CO2 rating 179g/km of CO2 and comes with only one transmission option – Ford's twin-clutch Powershift 'box. Finally, Ford is catching up with the rampant roll-out of DSG gearboxes at rival mass-market specialists Volkswagen.

Mondeo styling is fettled all round, too, with a more modern iteration of Ford's kinetic design borrowing cues from the S-Max et al for a crisper look. The grille is reprofiled, the bonnet recontoured and there are now LED day running lights and rear lamps. An obvious facelift? Hardly. You'll be needing your Observer Book Of Anoraks to tell these on the road.

Anything new inside the facelifted Mondeo?

But of course. There's a new 'flow-through' centre console, fresh door cards and ambient lighting in the overhead console. Sat-nav is new and improved to stop you getting lost and an ear-beating 265-watt, 17-litre subwoofer is available too. Shame they've not yet issued an interior photo to show us all the change inside.

Gizmos include the adoption of lane departure warning, auto-dipping and glaring main beam and a new active grille shutter to tweak the aerodynamics according to speed and thermal requirements.

The Ford bigwig speaks!

'The Ford Mondeo is already a very strong package and, with the significant design changes and in particular the comprehensive array of new technologies we are introducing, we have no doubt that the new model will strengthen Mondeo's position as the flagship Ford model in our European line-up,' said John Fleming, Ford of Europe chairman and CEO. 'This is the smartest, safest, most environmentally friendly and best quality Mondeo we have ever launched, and it completes the regeneration of our CD segment range in 2010.'


By Tim Pollard