While the Ford Fusion has been discontinued, it lives on in other parts of the world as the Ford Mondeo. However, buyers can no longer purchase a Mondeo with a gas-powered engine, as the automaker has now switched to a full hybrid and diesel lineup, it announced today.
“The shift to 100 percent full hybrid production for our petrol Mondeo lineup is another big step forward on Ford’s electrification journey,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “For customers driving less than 20,000 kilometers per year, our Mondeo Hybrid is a smart choice, offering an even better deal than diesel, and electric power with no charging or range anxiety.”
The Ford Mondeo Hybrid increased its share of total Mondeo sales by 25 percent in Europe during the first seven months of this year compared with full-year 2019, and now accounts for more than one third of all Mondeo sales.
By the same measure, Mondeo Hybrid grew in popularity by more than 50 percent in the U.K., and by more than 40 percent in Italy, where 75 percent of Mondeo customers chose the Mondeo Hybrid during the first seven months of 2020.
Last year, Ford expanded the Mondeo Hybrid lineup to include a first-in-segment wagon model and Mondeo Hybrid ST-Line variants with sporty styling inspired by Ford Performance, in addition to stylish Titanium and upscale Vignale versions. Mondeo four‑door and wagon customers will now have the choice of a fuel-efficient full hybrid or 2.0L EcoBlue I-4 diesel powertrains.
The Mondeo Hybrid combines a specially-developed, Atkinson-cycle 2.0L petrol engine, electric motor, generator, and 1.4 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver the driving range and freedom offered by a traditional combustion engine alongside the efficiency and refinement of an electric powertrain.
Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 percent of the energy normally lost during braking to replenish the vehicle’s battery. Electric power is used to deliver silent key start capability for refinement particularly in city and stop-start driving scenarios, and to support the petrol engine for optimized fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
A Ford-developed power-split automatic transmission seamlessly adjusts for the most efficient use of the powertrain’s torque, delivering smooth, linear response to acceleration demand for a refined driving experience.
A SmartGauge interface for monitoring fuel and energy consumption also features Brake Coach, which encourages driving styles that help return more energy to the battery – techniques that will also benefit drivers transitioning to all-electric vehicles in the future.
The Mondeo Hybrid is produced at the Ford Valencia Assembly Plant in Spain, where the automaker will also produce full hybrid variants of the S-MAX and Galaxy models from early next year.
Ford is introducing 17 new electrified vehicles in Europe by the end of 2021, and anticipates electrified vehicles will account for more than 50 percent of all the company’s car sales in Europe by the end of 2022 – surpassing combined sales of conventional petrol and diesel models.