Britain’s long-time love affair with the Ford Mondeo is not a secret one, with over 1.4 million units sold there to date, out of 4.5 million in Europe. The large family car (what they call the D segment in shopkeeper land) turns 20 this year, and Ford has released a short film documenting its history.
With Ray Winstone’s distinctive Cockney drawl providing the narration, the video takes you on a journey from the Mondeo’s 1993 inception following a five-year, three billion-pound development programme, to its 1994 Car of the Year accolade, through the coining of the “Mondeo Man” phrase by Tony Blair himself and also to a certain fictional British secret agent. Oh, and a young Clarkson’s in there too.
Now entering its fifth generation, the new Ford Mondeo will have a range of engines including a 1.0 litre three-pot EcoBoost (China gets a new 1.5 litre four-cylinder version) and a petrol-hybrid powertrain when it lands in the UK in late-2014. It will have segment-first adaptive full LED headlamps and Ford’s rear inflatable seat belts.
Our fourth-gen Ford Mondeo’s 2.0 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost received a step up in output to 240 PS and 340 Nm last year, up from 203 PS and 300 Nm previously. Driven+ Magazine pitted it against the Peugeot 508 GT earlier this year – download and read the issue here.