Get set for the Mondeo to replace the Falcon
A new Ford Mondeo, not a Taurus, will effectively take the place of the Falcon when Ford Australia stops manufacture of its large car and SUV in October 2016. The full details of the all-new Ford Mondeo will be revealed closer to its launch 2014.
The Mondeo is due to go on sale in the second half of 2014. The all-new generation Mondeo will be sold in a hatch and station wagon configuration. It will come with various engine types including three different four-cylinder turbocharged engines, two EcoBoost petrol engines and one diesel power plant.
A new 133kW, 1.5L four-cylinder petrol will be the base engine to start the Mondeo range. Ford has not mentioned too many details around the performance data for the larger engines like the 2.0L petrol and diesel engines.
A new rear suspension system has been developed that will feature. It’s designed to deliver greater dynamic performance, ride and noise reduction.
A new safety feature will be the inflatable rear seatbelts not yet seen in Australia or New Zealand. It will feature Ford’s Sync connectivity system, which uses voice control technology to access functions from smartphones and media players.
The larger Ford Taurus had always been anticipated as the logical replacement for the Falcon but Ford is backing the new Mondeo as the right size for the market and will look to compete for sales with the Holden Commodore and the Nissan Altima.
As the large car market is in decline throughout the world Mondeo will be seen as an overlap vehicle for the medium and large car markets being only 10 cm shorter than the Falcon. The Mustang, however, is definitely coming as mentioned in our other story and the full details will be announced very soon.
Ford Australia will of course be enlarging its range of imported vehicles ahead of ending Ford’s manufacturing ability with Falcon and Territory, as it becomes an import only business in Australia.