The Ford brand launches Spanish its new Ford Mondeo a sedan loaded with innovative technology such as seat belt with airbag and a very spacious interior. Moreover it is a car that is manufactured in Spain on the ground that the Blue Oval has in the Valencian town of Almussafes. Definitely a great car.
Ford has taken time to launch his replacement Mondeo but after making a first contact with the new model and analyze all its security systems I can assure you that the wait has been worth it. This new Mondeo has everything you can put a modern vehicle systems advanced driver aids and maximum security.
And in this sense surely the most striking is the inflatable rear seat belt which is incorporated for the first time in a serial model the airbag. The two outer rear seats incorporate a little special belt. The buckle is different from the other belts. The fact is that through a conduit within it allows in case of an accident rapidly swell and protect the occupant of that seating chest.
Also noteworthy is the new Assistant Pre-crash including pedestrian detection. The system processes the information collected by a camera mounted on the windshield and a radar in the bumper and crosses a database of "pedestrian ways" to help differentiate objects other people. And when the abuse is near the vehicle warns the driver. If this does not answer applies the brakes to avoid a collision or at least reduce the severity of injuries.
Thanks to the presence of this radar other technologies such as adaptive cruise control or Active City Stop which operates up to 40 km / h which alone can stop the car in case of danger in town are included. Indicator distance from the car in front is also included and when driving very near red lights are lit on the tip of the driver that warn us of danger.
In addition the front chamber serves as support for the Lane Keeping Alert. This not only tells us that we are getting out of our lane it drives the steering wheel so that the car does not accidentally puncturing the limiting rail line. And has the recognition of traffic signs not just the speed limit but other important as no-passing.
Another important development in terms of security is the use of adaptive LED headlights. This sophisticated technology combines LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System Ford which adjusts the angle and intensity of the light beam driving environment light conditions other vehicles on the road or at angle direction.
Everything in the Ford Mondeo is brand new its longer body than its predecessor the more marked with a front in calling attention to its large grille and sharper headlights LED's sculptural design. Includes a new platform that allows a weight reduction despite the increase of equipment.
And inside we found a really spacious cabin with plenty of legroom for rear seat occupants and in general very generous. Your dashboard is completely new with an instrument panel in which two analog clocks appear but with a large space between TFT screen with high quality. In this area you can find comprehensive information with browser data travel entertainment system. All visible in the area accessible to the driver.
But what surprised me most of its interior is the ease of use. In the previous Mondeo such as the Focus the entire center console was full of buttons making it almost impossible for intuitive operation until not long used the car. With the new everything is much easier thanks to a 8 inch touch screen where almost everything is done by touching the screen very easily. The new Mondeo is much easier to use although it has many more systems to handle.
Another important aspect is that the new model Ford is lighter than its predecessor. Specifically up to 115 kilos least equal version and equipment; what happens is that some of this remarkable improvement is used to include sophisticated new equipment. Actually the new Ford Mondeo despite its higher technology weighs 25 kg less than its predecessor. Among other things magnesium is used in the tailgate to ensure maximum stiffness with minimum weight.
And space is also remarkable. In addition to the spacious interior offering has a very good boot. The starting point is 429 liters in the case of variant 4 door to the tray. Under the same conditions the 5-door rises to 458 liters and in the family called Sportbreak reaches 488. If the rear seats are folded and used to roof space then we will have 1446 liters in the five-door reach 1630 liters in the family. Definitely a car with a very generous interior.
We must talk about the range. The new Mondeo offers three different body styles since its release. The variant sold in Spain is undoubtedly the five-door offering an aspect of sedan but with the rear inclined to give a greater sense of dynamism and versatility of use. Moreover this gate allows better access to a really big trunk one of the largest in the saloon segment of this size.
A second variant the four-door. It is the body of a conventional saloon the typical three volumes of sales logically be somewhat more limited because it offers less usability. And there is also a family in which if the above are already really big in this case represents a significant improvement over that with more space and especially with even greater for carrying bulky objects possibilities. This car is ideal for those who sometimes have to carry things large.
In its mechanical section there is also a wide range of options available. In gasoline starting point is a spectacular three-cylinder engine the 1.0 Ecoboost in this case as a variant of 125 hp available since early this year. Above we find a 1.5 160 hp and as top model a two-liter 240 horsepower power.
But certainly more versions will be sold diesel. In this case the starting bid is initially 1.6 115 hp engine well known in the range of the manufacturer of the oval robust and adjusted consumption. This engine will be replaced early next year by a new 120 hp 1.5 year. And above are from the beginning the two liters of displacement in variants of 150 and 180 horses which represent the bulk of the range. Next year this offer is completed with a high-performance version the 2.0 twin-turbocharged whose power reaches 210 hp.
All these versions are also adds a hybrid variant which is offered exclusively with 4-door body. In this case combines a gasoline engine of 140 horsepower electric other one of 120. The combined power between them is 186 horses. This model is not plug and therefore only can charge the batteries by recovering energy during braking.
But back to the normal range of Mondeo. There is a remarkable thing especially when you consider that this is a big car 4.87 meters long and its authorized consumption is very content. The most frugal version the 1.6 TDCi Econetic with equipment optimized to reduce consumption announces an approved value in the combined cycle of 3.6 liters while the 1.6 TDCi normal all this special equipment brand 4.2 liters a good value for a car like this. The improvement in fuel consumption compared to previous generation reaches 14% thanks to among other things the incorporation of the active grid.
In addition to the high technology in terms of safety the new Ford Mondeo also offers a great comfort. The car is fully seated on the asphalt as we saw in the first contact by the area of the mountains of Madrid. Its long wheelbase and new rear suspension allows a great ride comfort and also offers a very good stability.
This model of Ford is a new benchmark for stability in this difficult market segment. But I would stress after traveling more than 150 miles per roads first and second order is the smooth ride offered. No movements of body and suspension filtered well uneven terrain allowing for fast driving smoothly even on roads with bad sign.
Also noteworthy is the incorporation of all support systems that allow a more relaxed driving and be there if for any reason we have some oversight. And also incorporates systems to make driving easier as the park assist allowing park the vehicle without moving the steering wheel both online and on drums.
Be stressed lastly an adjustable steering column with memory multicontour seats with massage function Ford and connectivity system available in two variants for its complexity Sync Sync 1 and 2. And MyKey technology which allows users to program a key Mondeo usually for young drivers which you can modify some features. Among others inhibit incoming calls and limit the maximum speed prevent deactivation device driver assistance and safety. It can also reduce the maximum volume of audio systems and disable the audio system if the driver and passengers are not using safety belts. Come on a sophisticated parental control for the car.
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