Ford to launch new generation of Mondeo hybrid models
by Helen Jackson |
posted 10 October 2018
Ford will enhance the fuel-efficient Mondeo hybrid petrol-electric vehicle range, including the introduction of the first practical and spacious Mondeo hybrid estate from 2019.
The new Mondeo hybrid estate will enable customers who require greater load-carrying capability to benefit from the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain in many driving scenarios while maintaining the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine.
Ford will release full specification and pricing for the enhanced Mondeo Hybrid range – which will deliver attractive fuel efficiency and CO2 emission performance, and a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains for fleet and private customers – closer to its 2019 on-sale date.
The Mondeo hybrid is currently offered in sleek four-door body style, featuring a sports coupe-inspired profile with low roofline, and also as an upscale Mondeo Vignale variant. An estate will strengthen the body style’s current 30 per cent mix of total UK Mondeo sales.
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid powertrain uses an electric motor to support the specially-developed 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine in driving the wheels, and a generator to enable regenerative charging of the 1.4 kWh lithium-ion, air-cooled, recyclable battery located behind the rear seats. Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 per cent of the energy normally lost during braking to replenish the battery.
The Mondeo Hybrid is capable of driving in pure electric mode, delivering ultimate refinement and efficiency particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios. The hybrid powertrain delivers 187PS, supported by a Ford-developed continuously variable automatic transmission for further enhanced fuel efficiency.
The Mondeo hybrid is assembled alongside the petrol- and diesel-engine Mondeo range at Ford’s state-of-the-art facility in Valencia, Spain, and will be UK dealerships in spring 2019. In summer 2018, a four-door Ford Mondeo hybrid sipped over 123mpg over 80 miles to triumph in Essex’s Layer Marney Cup economy trial, local to Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre which developed its powertrain.