The Mondeo is the first Ford in Europe to get new adaptive LED headlamps. The lighting system can adjust the headlight beam angle and intensity according to vehicle speed, ambient light conditions, steering angle, distance to the vehicle in front and windscreen wiper activation.
The new Mondeo offers a new pedestrian detection technology that could help reduce the severity of accidents at speeds of up to 50mph. Pedestrian detection is part of the pre-collision assist safety package and uses a windscreen-mounted camera and radar located in the bumper to identify pedestrian shapes, cross-referencing them against a database of roadside objects.
The pre-collision assist package also includes active braking, which can autonomously apply braking to help mitigate rear-end collisions, right up to the vehicle’s maximum speed. Other technology includes distance indication, which informs the driver of the gap to the vehicle ahead, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping aid and traffic sign recognition.
The Mondeo is the first car in its segment to feature seat belts that, in the event of an accident, rapidly expand in 40 milliseconds like an airbag to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.
Premium Vignale sub-brand
The Vignale was previewed in concept form at the Geneva motor show in 2014 and mixes a more upmarket appearance inside and out with a much-enhanced dealership experience for the buyer, including a dedicated contact and a number of exclusive concierge-style services.
Roelant de Waard, Ford of Europe’s sales boss, said Vignale cars will be aimed at “time-poor, independent thinkers who want to be made to feel special."
Vignale will sit at the top of the Ford range above Titanium X, for the “10-15% of potential buyers who want an even higher specification”.
The Vignale concept has a new chrome-finish grille, a redesigned front bumper featuring substantial brightwork and LED foglights, unique 20in alloys, chrome door handles and mirror caps and ‘Vignale’ badging. The car loses the 'Mondeo' badge.
Inside, the concept gets quilted leather seats, a pattern repeated on the door trims. Leather is also used on the instrument panel, centre console, door tops and steering wheel. There’s a slim, Vignale-badged storage drawer in the boot, too, and in-car wi-fi.
Selected Ford dealerships will have separate Vignale lounges and a personalised dealer, and owners’ cars will be car washed and vacuumed for free for the lifetime of the vehicle. A similar format could be rolled out for owners of ST-branded Fords.
The Vignale cars and dealerships will be available from later in 2015.
Ride, handling and comfort
The Mondeo will be the first model to use the new integral link rear suspension configuration, which is said to be similar to the systems employed by Audi and BMW. It retains MacPherson struts at the front.
The new rear suspension design delivers the compliance required for greater comfort, while retaining lateral stiffness for enhanced steering and handling. It also allows the wheel to move rearwards on impact with bumps. Ford claims this delivers improved impact absorption for a smoother ride and reduced noise levels.