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Ford Mondeo range to include first European-built hybrid

Mechanically similar to the Fusion Hybrid sold in the United States, the Mondeo will feature a smaller 2.0-litre petrol engine than the Fusion's 2.5-litre, paired with two electric motors – one to drive the wheels and another to supply regenerative charging – and a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery with an anticipated life-span of 10 years and 150,000 miles.

Emissions will be 99g/km CO2, equating to as-yet-unconfirmed fuel economy of 66mpg, and the first Ford Hybrid Electric Vehicle to be manufactured in Europe will be produced alongside the petrol and diesel models at Ford’s facility in Valencia, Spain.

The Hybrid joins the range alongside an updated petrol and diesel line-up and a host of new technologies including the debut Ford’s new Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

Other new features include the introduction of Ford’s adaptive LED headlamp technology to Europe, an advanced version of Active Park Assist featuring Perpendicular Parking and Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system with advanced voice control and an eight-inch colour touchscreen.

The new Mondeo will also debut Ford’s new integral link rear suspension configuration for improved refinement and more dynamic performance whilst it’s also the first Mondeo to feature Electric Power Assisted Steering.

Sales of what Ford has billed as ‘the most technologically advanced Ford vehicle ever introduced in Europe’, begin later this year in four-door saloon, five-door hatchback and estate bodystyles. Pricing has yet to be announced.  

Natalie Middleton

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