What is it?
This is the all-new Ford Mondeo hybrid. It’s the first time that Ford has sold a petrol-electric car this side of the Atlantic and like the rest of the range it’s closely related to its American sister, the Fusion.
Like the rest of the 2014 line up, plenty of work has gone in to make it more appealing to European buyers. However, because of the anticipated low take up of the hybrid – it’s expected to take just three per cent of sales - Ford hasn’t gone the whole hog. Which is why the hybrid version will only be available as a saloon and only with a CVT gearbox when it goes on sale in January.
That ‘box is allied to a 2.0-litre petrol engine and a 35 kilowatt electric motor, adding up to 184bhp. It produces just 99g/km of CO2 and returns a claimed 67.2mpg, giving it an advantage over the nearly identically priced 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel option in both cases.