The Ford Mondeo has quite a nice chassis but that 2.3 litre 4-potter engine doesn’t do it justice – it doesn’t nearly have enough bite as it should, though that 6-speeded does help a little. Enter the new Ford Mondeo powered by Ford’s EcoBoost, featuring a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine producing 203 PS at 5,500 rpm and 300Nm of torque between 1,750rpm to 4,500rpm. This brings the Mondeo’s 0 to 100km/h acceleration time to 7.9 seconds which should be quite fun, and instead of the 6-speed automatic found in the Mondeo sold here in Malaysia, this new engine is mated to a 6-speed wet dual clutch Powershift transmission!
Ford’s press releases compares the new Mondeo with EcoBoost and Powershift to the Mondeo 2.3 and the word “previous” is used with the 2.3 which leads me to believe that the new 2.0 litre turbo has replaced the 2.3 litre. Will Sime Darby Auto ConneXion replace the Mondeo 2.3 here with a Mondeo 2.0 turbo when the time comes? If that really happens they really have to start thinking about adding ESP to the car’s spec list as not many will be used to 300Nm of course accessible so instantaneously across the rev range. They did the same with the Focus TDCi – it has ESP to help cope with the high torque while the petrol Focus does without it.
Ford has also given the Mondeo an updated version of the 2.0 litre Duratorq TDCi turbodiesel engine and it is available in three different stages of tune – 115 PS, 140 PS and 163 PS. The engine gets new solenoid fuel injectors with 8 smaller holes that work at 2,000 bar for improved fuel atomisation, compared with the former six-hole injectors and lower 1,800 bar pressure. A Mondeo TDCi is not available in Malaysia as of now but with Ford selling a Focus TDCi, why not a Mondeo TDCi as well?