By Mike Torpey on 2016-06-23 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
Ford switches up the
FORD has lifted the wraps on its sporty Mondeo ST-Line model, the latest in a new range inspired by Ford Performance vehicles.
The newcomer features sport suspension and body styling, unique alloy wheel designs plus sport seats, a perforated leather steering wheel and alloy pedals.
It joins the Fiesta and Focus ST-Line models on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, where Ford is showing a range of performance vehicles ranging from the GT Le Mans race car to the new Fiesta ST200 hot hatch.
Fiesta and Focus ST-Line have both been available to order since earlier this month and are designed for enthusiasts who want the hot hatch image without the full-on performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis.
Up for grabs in five-door and estate body styles, the Mondeo ST-Line comes with a honeycomb design for the upper and lower front grilles in high-gloss black, LED daytime running lamps with light tube styling and new rectangular fog lamps.
Buyers also get a front bumper lip spoiler and sculptured side-skirts in the car's body colour, a sports rear bumper with high-gloss black diffuser-style insert, silver tailpipe surrounds and lowered suspension.
That's in addition to new 18 or 19-inch metallic grey alloy wheels, sports seats with red stitching, a perforated leather ST-style steering wheel and, in the case of the estate, a rear roof spoiler.
The engine range includes a 2.0-litre TDCi diesel with 150PS and six-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission offering from 112g/km of CO2 emissionsand 65.7mpg economy.
There's also a 180PS 2.0-litre diesel with the same transmissions and capable of returning 62.8mpg and emissions of 117g/km.
Automatic models also get steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and four-wheel drive.
Ford vice-president Roelant de Waard said: "The new Mondeo ST-Line is our sportiest Mondeo since we introduced the ST220 model in 2002. It adds another dimension to the broad Mondeo line-up that offers options from the fuel-efficient Mondeo ECOnetic and Mondeo Hybrid models, to the exclusive and upscale Mondeo Vignale.
"This year we expect to sell 40,000 performance cars in Europe, a 50 per cent increase compared with 2015, which in turn saw performance car sales rise by 61 per cent compared with 2014."
Prices have yet to be announced.
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