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Revised Ford Mondeo arrives in October

Ford has revealed details of the revised Ford Mondeo, which is set to hit UK showrooms in October 2010. Among the changes are styling tweaks, an upgraded interior and more efficient petrol EcoBoost and TDCi diesel engines. Following similar updates to the Ford S-MAX and Galaxy earlier in 2010, the Mondeo is the latest model to benefit from the evolution of the Ford trademark 'kinetic' design.

The most notable changes on the outside include distinctive new grilles, changes to the bonnet and new front bumpers which incorporate LED daytime running lights. At the back the new Mondeo gets refreshed rear lights which also use LEDs for a modern appearance.

Inside there is a redesigned centre console design, flush and integrated door handles, plus a new central overhead console with ambient lighting. Ford has also upgraded the trim materials to enhance the feel of the cabin. Optional extras now include a new satellite navigation system and a premium sound system which incorporates a subwoofer.

Ford describes this Mondeo as the smartest, safest, most environmentally friendly and best quality model ever, so it's no surprise there are big changes under the bonnet too. There's a new high performance 240bhp version of the 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine alongside the existing 203bhp version, but despite the increase in power, CO2 emissons remain at 179g/km. 

The revised 2.2-litre TDCi engine also makes its debut in the new Mondeo. This has power increased to 200bhp making it the most powerful Duratorq TDCi engine yet. The 2.0 TDCi with 115bhp, 140bhp or 163bhp continues as before.

To improve efficiency there are several new Ford ECOnetic Technologies, including Smart Regenerative Charging, Ford Eco Mode and - a Ford first - an Active Grille Shutter system. This regulates the airflow through the radiator and engine bay to reduce drag, but also helps engine heating to improve fuel economy and warm-up performance in cold weather.

The new Mondeo will include a range of 'driver assistance' features, many of which are appearing for the first time in a Ford, including Lane Departure Warning, Driver Alert and Auto High Beam. 

>> Read our review of the current Ford Mondeo


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