FORD MONDEO VIGNALE TO BE RELEASED IN APRIL 2015

According to the powers that be at Ford, the new version of the Mondeo will be the most technologically advanced model ever released in Europe, with a host of new technology and efficient engines.

Originally launched back in 2012 at the Detroit Motor Show, the Vignale made its European debut at the Paris Motor Show in 2013, but the release date was pushed back several times for various reasons. It is now on sale in the UK as a five-door hatchback or estate model and a four-door hybrid saloon option will be added as well.

The Vignale is meant to be a more upmarket model of the Mondeo, with a concierge-style service and dedicated contact experience delivered by dealers. It will be above the Titanium X at the top of the Ford range and Roelant de Waard, Ford's European Sales Director, said it is designed for “independent thinkers who want to be made to feel special."

At the initial launch, the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engine had two tuning options, offering either 148bhp or 178bhp. You can also choose between a six-speed manual or dual-clutch PowerShift automatic gearbox. Later in 2015 two diesels will be added, which include all-wheel-drive to increase traction by adjusting the power delivery to each wheel individually.

Two ECOnetic Technology diesel models are also available and the petrol options include the 1.5-litre EcoBoost, with 158bhp. When the hybrid version arrives it will be the first Ford hybrid in Europe, using batteries, control software and variable transmission technology. The 2.0-litre petrol engine will be supported by two electric motors, powering the wheels and regenerative charging system respectively.

Other efficiency enhancements include an active grille shutter, start/stop engine technology, smart regenerative charging and - for first time ever in a Mondeo - electric power-assisted steering. The steering system matches the Comfort, Normal or Sport chassis setting and there are the options of a memory-equipped steering column, heated steering wheel and massage function seats. The front energy absorber, which will reduce the impact during collisions with pedestrians, is made from recycled plastic water bottles.

Inside you will find Ford's Sync2 connectivity system, with voice control and an eight-inch colour touchscreen to give you access to your phone, as well as navigation, climate and entertainment functions.

To find out more about the new Ford Mondeo Vignale, get in touch with RMB Ford in Northallerton today.