The Mondeo’s appeal gets strengthened for the new model year.
Despite us now entering the second-quarter of the year, Ford Australia has decided to only now roll out its updated Mondeo for the new model year, packing lots of little revisions that make a big impact. Prices are up slightly on a couple of trims, though the improved kit more than makes up for the price hike.
The flagship Titanium (seen here in white) gets new 19-inch alloy wheels, up from 18” previously, which definitely emphasise the sporty appeal of the Mondeo. Lower Trend and Ambiente models also get a wheel upsize, moving up to 18-inches and 17-inches respectively. The 2017 Mondeo also gets a new exterior paint finish, called ‘Metalicious,’ which Ford says is “a warm-tinted clear-coat silver with a high degree of colour flip and sophistication.” Whatever that means.
The engines on offer remain as they were, with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol in two tunes (149kW/345Nm or 177kW/345Nm) paired with a six-speed automatic, or a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel (132kW/400Nm) working with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic. SYNC3, which was made standard on the Mondeo last year remains unchanged, with its 8.0-inch touchscreen supporting pinch/swipe gestures, smartphone mirroring, and a selection of apps.
Ford Australia CEO Graeme Whickman emphasised the importance of the Mondeo to Australia. “The Mondeo,” he said, “is crucial to our lineup, and continues to receive praise from media and customers alike for its design, innovative features, and safety.” He then went on to say that the updates for the new year “give consumers even greater choice and style.”
The Mondeo continues to offer great value in the segment, with even Ambiente models packing things like a reverse camera with all-round sensors, privacy glass, cruise control, paddle-shifters and dual-zone climate control, while Trend models get advanced driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking (at low speeds), lane keep & departure aids, and adaptive cruise control. The standard inclusion of inflatable rear seatbelts across the range continues to be a highlight, offering families reassuring levels of safety when carting around loved ones.