Ford Mondeo

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Ford Mondeo
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Also called Ford Contour, Ford Focus, Ford Fusion, and Ford Mk
Production 1992[1]–present
Assembly Genk, Belgium
Predecessor Ford Sierra
Class Large family car
Engine(s) Petrol engines:
1.6 L Zetec I4
1.8 L Zetec I4
1.8 L Duratec I4
2.0 L Zetec I4
2.0 L Duratec I4
2.5 L Duratec V6
3.0 L Duratec V6
Diesel engines:
1.8 L Endura-D turbodiesel I4
2.0 L Duratorq turbodiesel I4
2.2 L Duratorq turbodiesel I4

The Ford Mondeo is a line of large family luxury compact vehicles produced by The Ford Motor Company since 1992. There have so far been four generations of the Mondeo and a fifth generation which will start in 2013.

First Generation (Mk1 1992-1996)[change | change source]

Ford Mondeo Mk1
Also called Ford Contour
Mercury Mystique (United States)
Production Nov 1992[1]–1996
Assembly Genk, Belgium
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive/four-wheel drive
Platform Ford CDW27 platform

The Ford Mondeo Mk1 was launched on November 16, 1992 and went on sale on March 22, 1993. It was a class leader back in its day thanks to its fine ride and handling and was competing against many other modern cars such as the Honda Accord, the Toyota Carina and more. The car was sold as a 4 door sedan, hatchback, and station wagon. The Mk1 was discontinued in 1996 as the Mk2 replaces it.

Second Generation (Mk2 1996-2000)[change | change source]

Ford Mondeo Mk2
Production 1996–2000
Assembly Genk, Belgium
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Related Ford Contour
Ford Cougar
Mercury Cougar
Mercury Mystique

The Mk2 Mondeo (or known as the Mk1 Mondeo facelift of makeover) started production in 1996. It was released due to bad problems with the Mk1 towards the time being of 1996: The headlights had bad performance, passengers would get squashed in the back seat of the car due to the small spacing between the front seats and the back, etc. The Mk2 lacked all that, but still kept a similar body to the Mk1. The Mk2 was discontinued in 2000 to leave space for the Mk3.

Third Generation (Mk3 2000-2007)[change | change source]

Ford Mondeo Mk3
Also called Ford Focus
Production 2000–2007
Assembly Genk, Belgium[2]
Chung Li, Taiwan[3]
Chongqing, China[4]
Hai Duong, Vietnam[5]
Predecessor Ford Contour (Mexico)
Successor Ford Fusion (Mexico and Brazil)
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Length 4,731–4,804 mm (186.3–189.1 in)
Width 1,858 mm (73.1 in)
Height 1,429–1,481 mm (56.3–58.3 in)
Curb weight 1,364–1,578 kg (3,007–3,479 lb)
Related Jaguar X-Type

The Mk3 started production in October 2000 to replace the Mk2. The Mk3 featured an all new design compared to previous models. The Mk3 was also wider and more comfortable than the previous models. It included all new headlights too.

2003 saw a facelift of the Mk3. It featured Ford's new high-tech stereo, a more powerful A/C/Heater, and featured an updated interior. It also featured more classy body colours compared to the ones offered on the 2000-2003 Mk3.

They once again updated the model in 2005 to keep customers interested in the model. The Mk3 was discontinued in 2007 for the Mk4.

Fourth Generation (Mk4 2007-2014)[change | change source]

Ford Mondeo Mk4
Production 2007–2014
Assembly Genk, Belgium
Vsevolozhsk, Russia
Chongqing, China
Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
Rayong, Thailand
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Layout Front-engine design, front-wheel drive
Platform Ford EUCD platform
Engine(s) Petrol engines and Flexible Fuel engines:
1.6L 110 PS I4
1.6L 120PS I4
1.6L 125 PS I4
1.6L 160PS EcoBoost I4
2.0L 145 PS I4
2.0L 145 PS I4 FFV (Flexifuel vehicle)
2.0L 203PS EcoBoost I4
2.0L 240PS EcoBoost I4
2.3L 161 PS I4
2.5L 220 PS I5
Diesel engines:
1.6L TDCi 115PS I4
1.8L TDCi 100PS I4
1.8L TDCi 125 PS I4
2.0L TDCi 115PS I4
2.0L TDCi 130PS I4
2.0L TDCi 140 PS I4
2.0L TDCi 160 PS I4
2.2L TDCi 175 PS I4
2.2L TDCi 200 PS I4
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
6-speed double-clutch automatic (Powershift)
Wheelbase 2,850 mm (112.2 in)
Length Saloon: 4,844 mm (190.7 in)
Hatchback: 4,778 mm (188.1 in)
Estate: 4,830 mm (190.2 in)
Width 1,886 mm (74.3 in)
Height Saloon & hatchback: 1,500 mm (59.1 in)
Estate: 1,512 mm (59.5 in)
Curb weight 1,435–1,611 kg (3,164–3,552 lb)
Related Ford S-Max
Volvo S80
Ford Galaxy

The Mk4 was released in May 2007 in the United Kingdom and had five different trim levels: Edge, Zetec, Ghia, Titanium, and Titanium X. The Ford Mondeo Mk4 is the successor to the Mk3 and has new sporty styling and more interior space, it received a facelift in October 2010. The Mk5 replacement was meant to arrive in 2013 but due to production delays, it was pushed back to October 2014.

Fifth Generation (Mk5 2014-present)[change | change source]

Ford Mondeo Mk5
Also called Ford Fusion (United States)
Production 2012–
Model year(s) 2013–
Engine(s) Petrol engines and Flexible Fuel engines:
1.0 L EcoBoost I3
1.6 L EcoBoost I4
2.0 L EcoBoost I4
Diesel engines:
1.5L TDCi I4
2.0L TDCi I4
Transmission(s) 6-speed manual (1.6 EcoBoost only)
6-speed 6F35 automatic (all engines)
Wheelbase 2,850 mm (112.2 in)
Length 4,869 mm (191.7 in)
Width 1,852 mm (72.9 in)
Height 1,476 mm (58.1 in)
Curb weight 1,507–1,554 kg (3,322–3,426 lb)
Related Ford Fusion

The Mk5 Mondeo first launched in the US in 2012 as the Ford Fusion, it was meant to arrive in Europe in 2013 but production delays pushed its launch back to October 2014, due to production moving from Belgium to Spain. Like previous Mondeo's, it comes in many bodystyles, engines and trim levels and is attractively styled.

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