New Ford Mondeo - Sony Audio and Rear-Seat Entertainment | Part Five

New Ford Mondeo


Entertaining Options: Sony™ Audio and Rear-Seat Entertainment

The new Ford Mondeo range features a wide variety of entertainment systems, including new Sony™ premium audio units and state-of-the-art multimedia rear seat entertainment options.

Mondeo’s Sony™-branded premium audio units offer customers the choice of a front-load CD player with MP3 capability or a front-loading six-disc CD changer. Both feature Digital Sound Processing and four special hi-fi speakers with dual-cone technology that effectively operate as eight separate speakers.

Mondeo customers can also opt for a high quality, DVD-based satellite navigation system with colour touch screen and high-resolution display.

New Mondeo also offers two choices for rear-seat entertainment, giving passengers in the rear seat greater access to in-car entertainment technology.

The luxury Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system – available with any audio system – allows rear-seat passengers freedom to play DVD-based entertainment and games systems using screens mounted at the rear of the front seats. An alternative unit – available with navigation or Sony™ audio systems – supplies audio only. While the front passengers listen to the radio, for example, the rear passengers can independently listen to a CD via headphones. The unit features two headphone sockets, independent volume control, radio station selection and CD play controls as well as auxiliary inputs.

Subtle Exterior Changes

Mondeo’s exterior design changes have focused on attention to detail.

New chrome highlights feature on the grille opening and Mondeo’s reprofiled front bumper, with the new-look Mondeo face completed by Ford’s signature trapezoidal fog lamps.

Ford designers have also created larger door mirrors for the new model, which power-fold on Ghia, Ghia X and ST220 and feature ‘puddle lamps’ – integral lights that illuminate the ground around the door area.

New Mondeo’s tail lamps now have a distinctive, metallic look, with silvered indicator lenses, while side repeater lamps also now feature clear lenses.

Added chrome accents on the upper doorline, door handle inserts and tailgate handle complete the premium look, while estate customers can now also opt for new metallic roof rails.

Quiet and Refined

As important as Mondeo’s new features and interior style are Eenhancements made under the skin are as important as Mondeo’s new features and interior style. Engineering efforts concentrated on keeping the cabin isolated from unwanted wind and road noise and powertrain vibration.

Mondeo’s premium TDCi range features a series of enhancements aimed at extending the inherent refinement of Ford’s latest diesel engine technology. A revised cylinder head incorporates new injectors for quieter operation, especially when started from cold.

"Enhancing the Mondeo range was very much about building on the car’s acknowledged strengths," said Joerg Beyer, Mondeo chief programme engineer. "While these design and engineering changes are largely evolutionary in nature, we believe the overall effect for our customers is significant, in terms of new technology, craftsmanship and refinement."

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Published 31 May 2003 Melanie Carter

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