While the 2014 BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon is getting ready to roll out in American showrooms, Ford is showing off their new Ford Mondeo five door wagon variant in Amsterdam. Imagine the Fusion in a station wagon suit and that is about what the Mondeo is. This particular version is developed with the European market in mind. But, maybe if the BMW wagon seems to sell well in the United States, Ford will bring a Mondeo version here to keep the competition honest. In the meantime, the European Ford fans will have an exciting new version to ooh and ahh over.
“This is the most premium Mondeo we’ve ever built and the most premium vehicle Ford’s loyal European customers have ever been offered,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. “It raises the bar in its segment in terms of style, technology and quality.”
The Ford Mondeo, used to be a version until it grew a tail end for extra cargo space will host an option of a 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine and a hybrid electric powertrain to make use of a 2.0 liter four cylinder motor. Of course, it will have all the bells and whistles that the Ford Fusion is famous for including the SYNC, MyFord Touch, adaptive LED headlights and an optional panoramic roof.
Another exciting new addition that will be added to the Ford Mondeo is Ford’s rear inflatable seatbelts. These specially designed seatbelts are created to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for back seat passengers. How they work is to expand rapidly upon impact in order to disperse the force of impact across the body area in a way that is five times more expansive than the ordinary seatbelt.
There is no news whether Ford will create a Ford Fusion style Ford Mondeo for the United States, but for soccer moms and busy drivers who want the added space without resorting to a big SUV or crossover, we will keep our ears out.