Ford today announced an August market launch for its Mondeo facelift sedan and S-MAX MPV, both of which are set to introduce EcoBoost – which is the company’s descriptor for turbocharging and direct injection – in the country.

The two vehicles will wear identical powertrains, in this case a 2.0 litre EcoBoost petrol mill, offering 203 PS at 6,000 rpm and 300 Nm (320 Nm in transient overboost condition) at 1,750-4,500 rpm. The EcoBoost engine, which features the latest-generation high-pressure direct injection, low-inertia turbocharging (courtesy of a Borg Warner K03 low inertia integrated turbo system) and twin independent variable camshaft timing, will be mated to a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch transmission.

The Mondeo EcoBoost, in Titanium grade, rolls in to replace the 2.3 litre normally-aspirated version, and in its refreshed form features a bolder, sharper look, aided by a number of external revisions. There’s plenty to go by – new front hood, front bumper (with integrated front spoiler), front radiator grille, lower bumper grille, chrome surround and wing mirror with integrated turn signal.

Also new is a signature chrome cosmetic side vent and front LED daytime running lights, not to mention adaptive bi-xenon headlamps with headlamp washers and new design 17-inch alloys wearing 215/50 series rubbers.

Meanwhile, at the back, the trunk lid has been revised, and the EcoBoost version features new LED rear combination lamps as well as a new rear bumper and exhaust chrome finisher, among other things.

Inside, new items on the list are keyless start/stop push-button ignition, Bluetooth with voice command, rear air-condition vents (mounted on the B-pillars), auto dimming rearview mirror, an Alcantara mix/Ebony leather interior and Ford Convers+ human machine interface, the last featuring a 256-colour screen in the instrument panel and high quality graphics.

Safety-wise, there’s ESP, TC, ABS with EBD, EBA and hill launch assist, along with seven airbags in the inventory. For entertainment, there’s a MP3 CD player audio system with eight speakers as well as an aux port.

Five colours will be available for the car, these being Parkside, Ice White, Midnight Sky, Moondust Silver and Panther Black. Pricing for the Ford Mondeo 2.0L with EcoBoost is estimated to be between RM180,000 to RM185,000 (on-the-road with insurance).

Meanwhile, the S-MAX multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) rolls in to open a new segment for the brand in the country. The seven-seater 2.0 litre EcoBoost offering features much of what’s found on the Mondeo – keyless entry and start/stop, LED daytime running lights and LED rear combination lamps, rear B-pillar air-conditioning vents, bi-xenons and Bluetooth with voice command are but some of them.

Other features include a Fold Flat Seating system that offers loads of luggage carrying space – in seven-seat mode, the volume is 285 cubic litres, and going to five-seat mode increases this to 1,171 cubic litres. At the front and rear of the vehicle are Four Eye Parking Sensors, to aid drivers in parking in tight spots and prevent accidents. The S-MAX wears 17-inch alloys too, but different profile rubbers, in this case 225/50 series ones.

Like the Mondeo EcoBoost, the S-MAX will be available in five external shades, four of which is shares with the former – Parkside, Midnight Sky, Moondust Silver and Panther Black, and the fifth colour is a solid white shade called Frozen White. As for pricing, the S-MAX 2.0L with EcoBoost is estimated to be between RM185,000 to RM188,000, on-the-road with insurance. We’re assuming that the final pricing for both cars will be determined by Sime Darby Auto ConneXion closer to the vehicles’ introduction in August.

Gallery of launch photos after the jump.

Mondeo EcoBoost
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S-MAX EcoBoost
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