FORD TO LAUNCH NEW GENERATION OF MONDEO HYBRID MODELS INCLUDING FIRST MONDEO HYBRID ESTATE
An enhanced range of Ford Mondeo hybrid petrol-electric vehicles will launch in Europe in 2019, including a new elegant and practical estate. Developed exclusively for Europe, the estate body style will enable Mondeo hybrid customers to carry larger loads while still benefitting from electric powertrain without range anxiety
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.
“For many customers the practicality offered by a estate body style is an absolute must, so we’re excited to announce that from next year those drivers will also be able to reduce their fuel bills using the sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain of our new Mondeo hybrid estate,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford European Marketing, Sales and Service vice president. “Electrified powertrains will continue to play a key role in our European product line-up. Ford is investing $11 billion and plans to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022.”
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.
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