2019 Ford Mondeo gets a nip and tuck in Europe

Changes are subtle, though

Ford has introduced what it calls the enhanced Mondeo range at the Brussels Motor Show. Here’s what’s what.

Powertrain

First of all, Ford came up with a new Mondeo Hybrid wagon. The powertrain outputs 187 PS (184 hp) and combines an Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, an electric motor and a 1.4 kWh Li-ion battery pack.

The whole setup is mated to a power-split automatic gearbox that replicates the behaviour of a CVT unit.

Ford has also unlocked the 2-liter EcoBlue diesel engine for the revised Mondeo range in Europe, which it offers in three power flavours - 120 PS (118 hp), 150 PS (148 hp), and 190 PS (187 hp) - coupled with AWD (should the customer ask for it).

These last two engine variants are offered with a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that’s been “engineered to further optimise fuel efficiency and deliver responsive performance and smooth, swift gearshifts.” The other gearbox option is a six-speed manual unit.

In case you were wondering, the 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine making 165 PS (162 hp) is still available.

Design

Titanium models get a new upper front grille adorned with chrome, while ST models receive a black, slotted finish up front. The fog lights and LED daytime-running lights now feature a tweaked design, while the bumper fascia displays a sportier look.

Customers will be able to select 17- or 18-inch wheels for their car, as well as 19-inch pieces made of alloy and finished in Liquid Aluminium.

Last but not least, the Mondeo’s cabin gets the rotary gear shift dial a la new Focus for models fitted with the eight-speed automatic.

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