Ford Mondeo- A beauty beast on road!
This sedan class car from American carmaker -Ford is expected to be launched in India by early 2014, i.e. this yr and at a price of Rs. 15-16 lacs. The new Ford Mondeo is larger, spacious and more beautiful than its predecessor. The Indian Mondeo will be like its European counterpart in terms of specifications and Features.
Specifications: It is expected the car with 2.0 L petrol or EcoBoost engine offering 238 bhp max power and 2.0 L diesel engine with around 197 bhp max power, will be launched in India. There is this huge 70 l fuel tank. There will be 4 disc brakes for better and safer braking mechanism. The car will have MacPherson Struts front suspension with anti-roll and control-blade multi-link system with anti-roll at the rear.
Exteriors: The bonnet of the car has fine lines on it with angry-eye look sleek headlamps at the either ends of it. There is a bold grill with 5 chrome lining running across its length. There is tiny brand logo ‘Ford’ in the space between the ending of bonnet and beginning of the front grill. There is also an air intake grill below the number plate area. The side profile is simple and elegant with just the right bulges and stylish ORVMs having turn indicators on them. There is chrome lining on the windows starting with the front window and ending at the rear window. There are 16” alloy wheels with star- shaped 10 spokes. The rear lamps are beautiful with half of it extending on the side body. The rear has dual chrome finish exhaust pipe having a thin chrome bar atop with coutesy red LED lights embedded in it. A striking feature about the rear is it unusually long rear glass with an elongated wiper.
Interiors: It has a comfy leather upholstery more like a couch than a car seat, various storage locations like front seat back cover pockets, 2 cup holders, glovebox and big dashboard. There is Bluetooth hands free phone and voice control system. There will also be 2 LCD screens (also called the HMI- human machine interface because of the touchpad) featuring multi entertainment and infotainment sources like Navigation system, Bluetooth, USB etc. The audio controls are mounted on the power steering. CFC free, dual zone automatic climate control will make you realize its presence in few min while you sit inside. It is expected that the car has rear A/C vents too.
Safety: There are a whole lot of safety equipments to give you ample peace of mind, starting from the Passive Protective theft system, Intelligent protection system, front &side airbags, remote central locking and double locking system, child lock, a unique feature called- Vehicle Identification Number(VIN), seat belt reminder, ABS with EBD, ESP with traction control system, Hill start assist and Adaptive Cruise control.
The car will have to compete with peers like Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata Fluidic and Toyata Camry and will have to prove itself in terms of drivability and comfort to stay in competition. Good luck to Mondeo!!