The all-new Ford Mondeo has made a scheduled stop at Bangsar Shopping Centre beginning today till the night of 5th this month, that is this Sunday. This handsome D-Segment sedan is also known in the US market as the Fusion and went on sale about two years ago before arriving on our shores as the Mondeo.
|Name||2015 Ford Mondeo 2.0L EcoBoost|
|Engine||1,999cc; turbocharged with Ti-VCT|
|Transmission||6-speed SelectShift auto|
|Max Power||237 hp @ 5,300 rpm|
|Max Torque||345 Nm @ 2,300 – 4,900 rpm|
|Top Speed||240 km/h|
|Price (OTR with insurance)||Estimated RM 203,800|
On the whole, it’s difficult to justify the RM204k (estimated) asking price for a D-Segment car, especially when rivaling models like the VW Passat CKD is priced at RM171k. The Mondeo however, is a fully imported unit from Valencia, Spain, and features a raft of technology that will surely convince you of your money’s worth.
For starters, the Mondeo comes with the brand’s MyKey technology which features pre-programmable driving parameters should you hand over the keys to someone else. This allows you to limit their speed, keep music volume down and even set seat belt reminders. Then, up front, you get full LED lighting with daytime running lights and sequential signal indicators, just like Audi’s Matrix LED feature.
The one-trim-only Mondeo sits on 17-inch wheels shod with 235/50 series Michelin Primacy 3 rubbers, while riding on McPherson struts at the front and independent rear suspension arms. Other external features include front and rear fog lights, auto folding side mirrors with puddle lamps, front and rear parking sensors, reverse camera and smart regenerative charging.
Inside, the Mondeo feels rather spacious with generous rear legroom space and a cavernous cargo space. The vehicle measures nearly 4.9 metres (4,871mm) long and 1.85 metres (1,852mm) wide, just 1mm and 2mm more than the Honda Accord. It’s also equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen head unit with two USB ports, an RCA slot and an SD card slot that you can view pictures and videos from.
Other interior features include anti allergy cabin, push-start ignition, paddle shifters, electronic dual zone air conditioning, Sony sound system with 9-speakers, leather upholstered seats and 10-way power adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger.
The star of this show is non other than the motor residing under the bonnet – Ford’s 2.0-litre GTDi EcoBoost engine that makes an impressive 237 hp at 5,300 rpm and 345 Nm from 2,300 to 4,900 rpm. EcoBoost is, for those who aren’t in the know, Ford’s line of turbocharged engine ranging from a three-cylinder to a V6 configuration. Our Mondeo will only come with the said four cylinder engine. Because it displaces just 1,999cc and the fact that it rides on 17-inch wheels, the Mondeo weighs a good 23kg lesser than the 2.4L Honda Accord.
Transmission choice isn’t a dual clutch here, but a six-speed conventional torque converter with SelectShift manual mode operable via the paddle shifters mounted behind the steering wheel. This gearbox channels drive to the front wheels and makes for a pairing that consumes 8.0 litres of fuel per 100 km whilst managing a top speed of 240 km/h. Its 0 to 100 km/h time isn’t made known to us as yet, but believe us when we say that it’s no slouch.
On the safety front, the Mondeo gets a mouthful here, starting with seven airbags (with driver knee airbag), ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, Traction Control System and ESC, Hill Launch Assist, Isofix childseat mounts, rear child door lock, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid, capless fuel system as well as side impact beams.
Scheduled for launch later this month, the Mondeo can be had in four different colours: Frozen White (as seen here), Tectonic Silver, Panther Black and Ruby Red. Its estimated price tag with insurance is RM203,800, but is subjected to confirmation during the launch. Warranty programme spells a three-year or 100,000km coverage, whichever comes first.