Ford of Europe is expanding its Mondeo ecoNetic line with a new 115 hp 2.0-liter model. The latest variant gets a CO2 rating of just 139 g/km on the EU drive cycle and consumes diesel at the rate of 45.2 mpg (U.S.). Like other ecoNetic vehicles (and the low CO2 models from other automakers) the Mondeo gets low-rolling resistance tires, a suspension setup with lower ride height for reduced drag and an upshift indicator light. The upshift light is tied into the engine management system to help guide the driver to shift at the optimum time for the driving conditions.
Ford already offers a Mondeo ecoNetic with a 1.8-liter diesel. The 2.0-liter is a version of Ford's TDCi diesel engine family and the ecoNetic comes with a 6-speed manual transmission. Even though it's optimised for low fuel consumption, the Mondeo still retains all the comfort features like dual zone climate control, lots of airbags, heated windshield and bluetooth connectivity.
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FORD ECONETIC RANGE OFFERS CLEANEST, GREENEST MONDEO YET
- New, six-speed, 2.0-litre, 115PS Mondeo ECOnetic offers even greater efficiency and lower running costs
- Combined 54.3 mpg and 139g/km CO2
- Five door and estate models available
- On sale now, priced from £20,995 on-the-road
BRENTWOOD, Essex, Tuesday, 16 June, 2009 – Ford is boosting its Mondeo ECOnetic range. With the introduction of a new, 2.0-litre, 115PS model - the lowest CO2 Mondeo yet - and broadens the choice of Ford models available with less than 140g/km CO2.
The new Ford Mondeo ECOnetic is offered in five-door or estate form, each with the same, 139g/km CO2 rating, furthering Ford's commitment to creating fuel efficient models, without sacrificing practicality or driving characteristics.
Each uses Ford's proven 2.0-litre, 115PS TDCi engine, optimised with a six-speed transmission to create EC combined fuel economy1 of 54.3mpg, rising to 64.2mpg in motorway cruising and giving a potential combined driving range of over 800 miles.
Other emission-reducing ECOnetic features include low-rolling resistance tyres and an optimum gearchange indicator, plus aerodynamics-enhancing sports suspension, air deflectors and a rear spoiler. Inside, the no-compromise Mondeo driving environment offers dual-zone automatic temperature control, BluetoothTM connectivity with voice control, cruise control, seven airbags and Quickclear heated front windscreen.
ESP with Traction Assist and Emergency Brake Assist complete a standard features list that ensures Mondeo ECOnetic is as poised as it is efficient and comfortable.
The arrival of this new Mondeo ECOnetic is good news for company car drivers – the 2.0-litre engine gives access to a greater number of company car lists, while its low CO2 and competitive price ensure the lowest tax band in its class and low P11D costs.
Family buyers will also find the latest Ford Mondeo ECOnetic easy on the pocket, with its low CO2 qualifying for Vehicle Excise Duty Band E (£120 per year) and excellent driving range.
"Running costs are driving purchase decisions, but customers do not want to compromise to achieve low ownership costs," explains Mondeo brand manager, Jon Gunn-Smith. "More people than ever are recognising that ECOnetic delivers the right balance for them – and more Mondeo customers have opted for ECOnetic in the first five months of 2009, than in the whole of 2008."
The new models will be offered alongside the existing five-door or estate 1.8-litre, 125PS Mondeo ECOnetic models. Ford now boasts the broadest sub-160g/km vehicle range of any manufacturer, with 185 models providing savings to company car and family buyers alike. At the end of 2008, Ford was named "Greenest Manufacturer of the Year" by Green-Car-Guide.com.
The Ford Mondeo 2.0-litre ECOnetic is on sale now, priced from £20,145 on-the-road.