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All-new Ford Mondeo on the way this summer

It is set to be one of the biggest model launches this year when the Mondeo goes on sale here this summer. And Ford Ireland has just released the line-up of the all-new Mondeo range, which comprises of forty models across a choice of five engines with five or six-speed transmissions. Ford tells us that the all new Mondeo offers increased levels of comfort and excellent drive quality in a beautifully designed car that is the boldest expression of Ford??™s new ???kinetic design??™.

New Mondeo will be available in three bodystyles ??“ four-door saloon, five-door hatchback and estate. Each will be offered with four distinct specification series: the LX, which Ford says will provide a high level of standard equipment. This is followed by the contemporary Zetec series and, at the top of the range, Titanium and Ghia models which Ford boasts will offer a choice of premium quality features. Ghia represents 'classic luxury', with extensive use of chrome and wood on the inside, while the Titanium model has metal-finish interior elements and will appeal to those wanting a more contemporary flavour.

A Ford spokesman says bullishly that "very much in our tradition, the all new Mondeo continues the trend of Ford models setting the standards for the industry. For example, with the original Mondeo in 1993, Ford was the first volume manufacturer to standardise a driver??™s airbag in this segment. And going back even further, in 1985, Ford was the first to standardise ABS with the launch of the Granada/ Scorpio".

Certainly with the new Mondeo, Ford is among the first manufacturers to provide as standard in this class, the best active safety feature available - Electronic Stability Programme (ESP). Ford points out that in addition to ESP, an impressive list of standard equipment for the Mondeo range includes a class-leading suite of airbags (seven in total ??“ including a new driver??™s knee airbag); Ford Easyfuel capless refuelling with fuel inhibitor to prevent misfuelling; 'follow-me-home' lights; trip computer; air conditioning; and an auxiliary audio input socket located in the glove box for external audio device connection.

Moving up the line, standard equipment on the Mondeo LX includes: next generation of Ford??™s advanced 'Human Machine Interface' (HMI); tinted glass; a pollen filter; power heated bodycoloured mirrors; rear power point; a Ford 6000 (next generation) series Radio CD player with A/V input socket (MP3); and a heated windscreen.

Following the previous Mondeo's reputation, Ford say that the new model is a great driver??™s car, and that certainly was the case. The LX features the following engine types: 1.6i 110bhp petrol; 1.8 TDCi 100bhp; and 2.0 TDCi 130bhp (automatic), with a choice of five or six-speed transmissions.

Additional spec. on the LX features, the Mondeo Zetec sports 16??? and 24 spoke alloy wheels; leather steering wheel incorporating cruise control; and rear power windows with global closing, climate control and front fogs. In addition to the LX range of engines, the Mondeo Zetec engine range includes: a 2.0i 145 PS petrol and a manual version of the 2.0 TDCi delivering 140bhp.

The higher spec Ghia includes special 17??? 7x3 spoke alloys, a Thatcham category 1 alarm, automatic wipers and headlights. Alongside such functionality, the chrome inserts on door handles, doorline and scuff plates give the Ghia a distinctly upper class appearance. In addition to the Zetec engine range, the Ghia range includes a formidable 2.5 petrol engine delivering 220bhp.

The top-of-the-range Titanium X features 17??? 15 spoke alloy wheels, adaptive front headlights, front and rear parking sensors and Alcantara / leather trimmed sports seats. The Titanium X engine range is similar to the Ghia range and includes the new 2.5 petrol 220bhp engine.

Among the high??“tech options on the new Mondeo are 'Adaptive Cruise Control' with 'Collision Avoidance' and 'Hillstart Assist'.

Eddie Murphy, managing director of Ford Ireland told us that, ???the new Mondeo will redefine its vehicle class. With the range of safety equipment as standard, including ESP, it is pointing the way forward for the industry". He added, "The arrival of the new Mondeo in Ireland will be the motoring event of the year and I am sure it will win over many drivers who are new to Ford.???

Source: [url=http://www.kilkennyadvertiser.ie/index.php?aid=5670]Kilkenny Advertiser[/url]
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