It’s a Fusion! It’s an Aston! No, wait, it’s the new Ford Mondeo, and it looks absolutely smashing, doesn’t it? As part of Ford making more of its vehicles the same globally, the European Mondeo will be the same as the US-market Fusion with minor tweaks, of course, and we will get a Mondeo that looks exactly the same as well.
The original Mondeo sold in India was a car slightly ahead of its time, but the new model will offer a good mix of value, space and driving pleasure. It will be brought to our market as a CKD, which will put it squarely in Volkwagen Jetta / Toyota Corolla territory. Ford will need to price it really well to ensure more value, since the Mondeo brand doesn’t have quite as much value as the Blue Oval would have liked in India.
Of the engine options, we’re certain of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost making it to our market, since it will power the EcoSport as well. The diesel – the important one for India – will be either a 1.6-litre TDCi, or a tweaked version of the 1.5-litre mill under the hood of the Fiesta currently being sold here. We suspect it will be the latter, because that will help the company with competitive pricing. Unfortunately, this means that the Mondeo will not be a particularly quick car even though it will remain a very involving drive.
The interior will offer space and quality comparable to the others in the segment, but what will make it stand out is the MyFord infotainment system, which links multiple LCD screens in the car to the ActiveSync voice command system available in the current Fiesta. Two screens in the instrument binnacle offer the driver information of different things in the car and can be operated by touchpads on the steering wheel.
We don’t expect expensive bits like the LED headlamps and Advanced Active Park Assist (it makes the car park automatically like the Volkswagen Passat’s system) to make it to the Indian car –they’d simply be too expensive – but we do expect Ford to retain a fair number of features from the international model to draw buyers.