Ford unveiled the new, fifth-generation global Mondeo in China, the first Ford to be equipped with the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine. The new
3 4-cylinder, 1.5L EcoBoost is the fifth and latest member to join Ford’s global family of EcoBoost engines, which includes a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, 1.6- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders, and two 3.5-liter V6 variants.
Ford’s EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to enable a downsized engine to gain fuel economy by up to 20% over larger engines with no loss of performance. The 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine is projected to produce 132 kW (177 hp) of power at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 240 N·m (177 lb-ft) from 1,500 to 4,500 rpm.
It includes an integrated intake manifold and water-cooled charge air cooler, which allows for a more efficient feed of air into the engine, and a clutch-controlled water pump that delivers fuel efficiencies by reducing the warm up time of the engine. The engine also features specific technologies to reduce noise, vibration and harshness, delivering an engine that is quiet and refined.
Other than the 1.5-liter EcoBoost powerplant, the all-new Mondeo will also be available with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which delivers up 170 kW (228 hp) of power at 5,500 rpm and 340 N·m (251 lb-ft) of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Both engines will be mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Built on Ford’s global C/D-segment platform, the Mondeo is one of the 15 global vehicles that Ford will bring to the country by 2015. The all-new Mondeo is the first vehicle in China to be equipped with the innovative inflatable rear seatbelts, which combine attributes of an airbag and a conventional seatbelt. These are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers, especially children and older passengers who are more vulnerable to such injuries. In the event of an accident, the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.
As with an airbag, Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt is activated when crash sensors detect an accident. This forces compressed gas out of a cylinder housed below the rear seat, through the buckle and into the belt, which is fully deployed in less than 40 milliseconds. Unlike airbags which generate heat when deploying, Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelt uses cold compressed gas.
The all-new Mondeo also offers a portfolio of driver assistance and convenience technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar that enable the car to see and respond. Mondeo can help drivers maintain proper lane position, adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions, identify suitable parking spaces and even help park.
Lane Keeping System: This three-level system alerts and assists the driver when the Mondeo is drifting out of the lane, especially helpful during long drives when the driver can get drowsy. A windshield-mounted digital camera detects lane markers and the car’s position on the road. If the car approaches the edge of the lane without signaling, the steering wheel vibrates to simulate driving over rumble strips. If the car continues to drift, the electric power-assisted steering will nudge the car back toward the centre of the lane. Persistent drifting consistent with a sleepy driver triggers chimes and warning lamp alerts for the driver to stop and rest.
Active City Stop: This feature can help prevent collisions at speeds of up to 15 km/h (9 mph) and help mitigate the effects of impacts at speeds of up to 30 km/h (19 mph). A light detecting and ranging sensor calculates whether traffic is slowing or has stopped and applies the brakes automatically if it determines a collision is imminent.
Adaptive cruise control: This adaptive version of the traditional cruise control allows the Mondeo to adapt automatically to the speed of the highway traffic and follow another vehicle at a set distance. The driver selects a desired interval to follow traffic and the desired cruise speed. The system will slow the Mondeo down if it senses slower-moving traffic ahead. This radar-based system works even in most fog and rain conditions
Active Park Assist: This technology helps the driver to parallel park easily without ever touching the steering wheel. Using ultrasonic sensors, it can identify a suitable space, calculate the trajectory and quickly steer the car into the spot. The driver only has to operate the accelerator and brake pedals.
Blind Spot Information System (BLIS): This system helps the driver monitor spaces he or she cannot see. BLIS displays a visual alert in the side mirror when a vehicle enters its blind spot.
MyKey: This feature promotes safer driving behavior by allowing owners to limit top speed and audio volume, set speed warnings, encourage safety belt usage and ensure safety features are not disabled, when allowing use of their car.
Auto High Beam Control: Preventing accidental dazzling of drivers, this feature relies on a sensor that detects on-coming vehicles and automatically switches to dipped beam, before switching back to high beam once it detects the vehicle has passed.
Engineers increased the Mondeo body strength by 10%, using ultra-high-strength steels such as boron, which also reduced overall weight for improved fuel economy.