Ford has upgraded the petrol-electric Mondeo Hybrid, and added an estate version to the range. Both the saloon and estate will be available to buy in spring 2019, and detailed specifications will be revealed closer to the launch date.
A Ford Mondeo Hybrid Estate is expected to broaden the car’s appeal. Ford says customers want the frugality of the Hybrid with the added practicality of the Mondeo Estate body. Business buyers are also a key market as diesel cars are subjected to higher taxes.
Developed exclusively for Europe, the new Mondeo Hybrid models will offer even better fuel efficiency than the current car, which manages a claimed 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 101g/km. Expect the new car’s CO2 figure to creep under the 100g/km mark, reducing first-year road tax to £115.
Not only will the new model be more frugal, it’ll be more powerful too. Over 200hp is likely from the combination of petrol power and a large electric motor. However, the Mondeo Hybrid can run on electric power alone, and the range will be increased for this new model. It will be improved by regenerative braking, which scoops up the energy normally lost when braking, and various powertrain cooling systems.
“For many customers the practicality offered by a estate body style is an absolute must, so we’re excited to announce that from next year those drivers will also be able to reduce their fuel bills using the sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain of our new Mondeo hybrid estate,” said Roelant de Waard, Ford European Marketing, Sales and Service vice president.
“Electrified powertrains will continue to play a key role in our European product line-up. Ford is investing $11 billion and plans to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022.”