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Pricing and specification details have been announced for the new 2014 Ford Mondeo, which is due to hit showrooms later this year. We already know that it looks great, sits on an all-new platform and will feature a range of new engines. The all new Ford Mondeo will be priced from £20,795, and is available in either 5-door hatchback, 5-door estate or 4-door saloon (hybrid only) bodystyles. The estate version has been designed especially for European customers. The Mondeo has been around 20 years now, and it just keeps getting better, with more technology, more comfort and more style.

Engines, Performance and MPG

There are several firsts on the new 2014 Ford Mondeo. It's the first time a Mondeo has been fitted with a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the first time and electric hybrid version will be made, and the first time it will be fitted with a 1.0-litre engine, though that will join the range in early 2015.

The familiar 2.0-litre Duratorq diesel engine features, in either 150PS or 180PS format. Both of these states of tune on the hatchback will result in 64.2mpg combined fuel economy, with Econetic versions increasing that to 68.9mpg. Estate versions with the same engines will achieve 62.8 and 67.3mpg respectively.

For ultimate MPG however, you'll need the 115PS 1.6-litre diesel unit, which emits just 94 g/km of CO2, meaning free road tax, and manages a whopping 78.5mpg on the combined cycle. Even the brand new hybrid option can't match that, though it's urban (town) figure is a somewhat remarkable 100.9mpg, because the car will be running on electric power alone for most of the time you're in slow traffic. Very handy if you live in a city centre. Petrol engines range from a 1.5 to 2.0-litres, with either 160PS or 240PS.

New Mondeo Specifications

Style - from £20,795.

The lowest specification Mondeo actually comes with quite a bit of kit. The 'Style' model comes with Ford SYNC 2 and an 8" colour touch screen, 16" alloy wheels, DAB digital radio, Dual-zone climate control, cruise control, electric front windows, ISOFIX child seat attachments, electric handbrake, hill launch assist and LED tail lights. Estate versions also get chrome roof rails and tonneau cover.

Zetec - from £21,045

The Zetec is likely to be the most popular model, and adds chrome to the side windows, electric, heated and power-folding door mirrors, quick clear heated front windscreen, power operated rear windows, speed limiter, global opening/closing, front fog lamps, height adjust and lumbar support on passenger seat, rear seat opening skit hatch. DAB satellite navigation is available for just £300.

Titanium - from £22,245

Titanium is a bit more high end, upgrading the alloys to 17" and adding a Ford Power starter button, sports seats, Ford DAB navigation, auto lights, auto wipers, traffic sign recognition (tells you what the speed limit is), lane keeping aid, auto dimming rear view mirror, ambient lighting and a TFT instrument cluster display.

Titanium (with X Pack) - from £24,245

The X Pack on the new Ford Mondeo adds Ford dynamic LED headlamps, leather seat trim, 10 way power front seats with drivers memory seat, keyless entry and privacy glass. An electrically adjustable steering column is available for just £200, and 19" alloy wheels are £500.

Handling & Safety

The new Mondeo will debut Ford's Interactive Vehicle Dynamics Control system, which allows the driver to select between comfort, normal and sport modes which adjust the chassis settings accordingly. The new Mondeo has a 10% stiffer body shell than the outgoing Mondeo for better road handling, and the old model has been consistently praised for its handling prowess in this sector.

**UPDATE 03/13/12**

The new Mondeo has today been awarded the maximum 5-stars for safety by crash test experts Euro NCAP. The car has achieved this by using high strength steel, including hydro-formed high strength steel for the window pillars and the roof rails, which has improved side impact protection. The anti-roll bar has been designed to reduce transmission travel and steering rack movement in the event of a front impact.

Michiel van Ratingen, the General Secretary for Euro NCAP, said:

"Euro NCAP’s five-star standard is getting higher and higher and cars now have to combine outstanding occupant crash protection with sophisticated driver assistance systems in order to make the grade. The Mondeo delivers on both counts and is amongst the first to offer pedestrian detection technology,” said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP general secretary.

“We encourage car buyers to take full advantage of the safety on offer and to prioritise safety options over others.”

The driver assistance systems Mr. van Ratingen is talking about includes a global debut for Ford's Pedestrian detection technology. This is a system that can detect people in the road ahead, or could cross the vehicle's path, and apply the brakes automatically if the driver does not respond to audial/visual warnings. Another first for Europe is Ford's inflateable seatbelt, which acts like an air bag for rear passengers, dispersing the impact across the body rather than just on the area where the seatbelt is placed.

Advanced Technology

New technology for the Mondeo includes a pedestrian detection system, that automatically detects if people are about to cross the vehicle's path, and can apply the brakes automatically if the driver does not respond to audible warnings. The system works by combining the data collected through a camera on the windscreen and a radar in the bumper, checking it against a 'database of pedestrian shapes' and then deciding whether or not it could present a danger.

Adaptive cruise control is also an option on the new Ford Mondeo, a system that allows the driver to switch it on and matches the speeds of the car in front, and can apply the brakes if a potential collision is detected.

New Mondeo Colours

There are 10 colour options, including Blazer Blue at no cost and Frozen white for £250. Metallic choices are £545, and include Deep Impact Blue, Lunar Sky, Magnetic, Tectonic Silver, Moondust Silver and Panther Black. Special body colours include Ruby Red and White Platinum, both of which cost £795.

Looking forward to the new Ford Mondeo? Let us know on Twitter @evanshalshawuk. It will of course be avaialble from Evans Halshaw, the UK's largest Ford retailer.