The “Vignale” badge, launched earlier this year across numerous European markets, is reserved for only the finest, most luxurious Fords available – although for now, that includes only the Ford Vignale Mondeo (“Fusion” in the US).
Of course, part of maintaining an air of luxury is keeping unwanted noise from filtering into the cabin. Here to explain how that was accomplished on the new Ford Vignale Mondeo is Ford Europe Engineer Dr. Ralf Heinrichs.
In the video above, Dr. Heinrichs explains that integral to the quiet tranquility of the Ford Vignale Mondeo’s cockpit is an active noise-cancelling system – Ford’s first use of the system in Europe. It uses three microphones, placed strategically throughout the sedan’s interior, to take sample recordings of noises, which are played back out-of-phase through the car’s audio system. The sound waves collide, causing destructive interference that quite literally levels whatever unsavory sound has been targeted.
The other big contributor to a more sublime experience for the driver and passenger in the Ford Vignale Mondeo is laminated acoustic glass. With the windows up, a large majority of the outside world’s undesirable sounds are simply reflected away from the cockpit.
For those in the United States searching up, down, and sideways for a reason to care, consider this: the Ford Vignale Mondeo could eventually be brought into the US as a new Fusion variant, according to Car and Driver. Although, Ford leadership could ultimately decide against it, especially if they feel that a new pseudo-luxury model line might encroach upon the Lincoln brand’s market.