The new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic model will be the most frugal Ford Mondeo to date, and will go on sale from the first quarter of 2011.
The new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic features a specially calibrated 115 PS (85 kW) version of the 1.6-litre Ford Duratorq TDCi engine equipped with a standard diesel particulate filter and coupled to a Ford Durashift 6-speed manual transmission with a longer final drive of 1:3.69 (compared to 1:4.06 for the standard Mondeo) and purposefully matched ratios across all gears.
Key to the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic's performance is the standard Ford Auto-Start-Stop system which can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to five per cent in mixed driving conditions. In an urban environment and in heavy traffic with frequent stops the savings could increase to as much as 10 per cent.
Ford Auto-Start-Stop features an enhanced and very durable starter motor to support the increased number of engine starts and a stronger pinion-engagement mechanism with reduced noise levels.
A high performance Improved Flooded (IF) Battery with a Voltage Quality Module (VQM) completes the system. It maintains the energy supply to electrical components like the entertainment systems during the re-starting phase of the engine. In addition a Battery Monitoring System (BMS)continuously monitors the Battery status and communicates with the Ford Auto-Start-Stop system, so the system will leave the engine running in the event that the battery does not have a sufficient level of charge.
An integrated system of sensors is used to detect when the driver performs an action that signals the intent to drive off, such as pressing the accelerator or clutch pedal.
As soon as the driver prepares to move away, the engine starts quietly and almost instantly - it only takes the system around 0.3 seconds to fire up. The process is virtually imperceptible, and happens before gear selection is completed.
The new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic model also includes a special aerodynamic kit including lowered suspension and low rolling resistant tyres. The combination of all of these detail changes means the second generation Ford Mondeo ECOnetic is targeted to deliver a combined fuel consumption lower than 4.3 l/100km (more than 65.6 mpg), which translates into average CO2 emissions of 115g/km - an important tax break point in some European markets.
Prioritising fuel efficiency does not have to come at the expense of luxury, as the new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic will be available across all Mondeo bodystyles and series except for the Titanium S.
The newly introduced Ford Mondeo range also includes a number of available Ford ECOnetic Technologies like Smart Regenerative Charging, the Ford Eco Mode driver information system and an Active Grille Shutter system.
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