Despite the apt setting for the sporty Mondeo’s reveal, the ST-Line trim offers no performance upgrades, instead bringing aggressive exterior styling and interior upgrades to the saloon.
Outside, the Mondeo ST-Line gets an exclusive body kit and 18in or 19in unique alloy wheels, along with contrasting exterior trim and badging on the front fenders. A spoiler is standard on the Mondeo estate ST-Line, and is an optional extra on the five-door version.
Engines are towards the top of the Mondeo range – the 148bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel units from the existing Mondeo lineup are the only engines available with the ST-Line setup. Meanwhile, all-wheel drive and Ford’s Powershift automatic transmission are also available; the latter has steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Sport suspension is the only mechanical upgrade to feature on this restyled Mondeo, which lowers the car by 10mm.
Inside, the Mondeo ST-Line gets a perforated leather steering wheel, sports seats with contrasting red stitching and alloy foot pedals.
While the ST-Line trim offers a sporty element to the high end of the Mondeo lineup, the Vignale trim offers luxury. Although the Vignale sub-brand is spreading across the Ford lineup, and the ST-Line is being offered on the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo models, it is not yet known if both will span the entire Ford range.
Ford is yet to announce prices for the Mondeo ST-Line. It also denies that the Mondeo's ST-Line badging suggests the return of the Mondeo ST; this is due to the rising popularity of SUVs and the shrinkage of the saloon market.