2013 Ford Mondeo†first pictures and details
This is the new Ford Mondeo – revealed almost a year before it will go on sale in the UK.
At around 80mm longer than the current model, the 2013 Mondeo will try to reinforce its appeal to buyers of large family cars such as the Vauxhall Insignia
and Volkswagen Passat
. Ford claims the new Mondeo will be better finished and more luxurious than before, a sign that it is also hoping to steal some sales from Audi A3 and BMW 3 models by offering more space and improved quality for less cash.
The car's extra length is due to larger front and rear overhangs, while the wheelbase remains unchanged. The biggest styling difference is the new grille and slimmer, all-LED headlights. There are also sharper creases along the sides of the car, and the rear is more curvy.
What's the 2013 Ford Mondeo like inside?
We've been inside an early pre-production model, and the front of the cabin feels slightly more spacious than in the current model, with an electronic parking brake switch instead of a manual handbrake, and a usefully large centre storage area between the front seats. The large central screen is well positioned to look at without taking your eyes far from the road, and the stereo and ventilation controls are flush and touch-sensitive.
The rear cabin has enough legroom for six-footers to sit behind six-footers, although the new car's dramatic roofline may cause issues for rear passengers much taller than this.
Optional equipment will include Sync, which brings an eight-inch colour touch-screen, voice control and the ability to offer a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices. Safety equipment will include inflatable rear seatbelts that are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries. The estate model will offer an optional panoramic sunroof.
What engines will the 2013 Ford Mondeo have?
The smallest engine will be Ford's 1.0-litre Ecoboost unit, which is likely to come in several versions starting with 123bhp, though there may also be a version with as much as 177bhp. The diesel engines will include at least two versions of Ford's 2.0-litre motor, while the current 1.6 is likely to be replaced by the new, more efficient 1.5-litre diesel that's just been launched in the B-Max compact MPV. It's likely to bring the Mondeo's CO2 emissions down to less than 110g/km.
There will also be a petrol-hybrid version of the new car. The Mondeo HEV will combine a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery to bring a decent range and ample power using electric power alone, plus impressive urban fuel economy.
How much will the 2013 Ford Mondeo cost?
Production delays have pushed the new Mondeo's on-sale date to next September at the earliest, and it'll be a while before prices are confirmed for any of the bodystyles (five-door hatch, four-door saloon and estate). However, we'd expect only a small increase over the car's prices, with the entry-level five-door hatchback starting at £19,000, and the basic estate model sneaking under £20,000.