After several road show appearances and test drive opportunities for the public, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the official distributors of Ford vehicles in Malaysia, has officially launched the all-new 2015 Ford Mondeo.
Prices for the sole 2.0L EcoBoost-powered variant start from RM203,771 (OTR with insurance).
SDAC’s latest announcement finally unveils the full price of the vehicle, and also confirms that the car will be available for at Ford showrooms nationwide. But before you head off on your way to one, here’s a full look at the premium D-segment sedan.
Yes, it’s a little bit more expensive than your everyday D-segmenter, but let’s not go discounting the many perks of the all-new Ford vehicle, and what SDAC has generously equipped it with.
As mentioned, RM203,771 is what you’ll have to cough up for it, and yes, that may be priced a bit too close to the BMW 316i from what many may see as a class above. However, those who know the Ford Mondeo for all it is, may speak of it in a more equal standing against the entry 3er.
Four colours are available for the Mondeo, and they include its signature Frozen White, Ruby Red, Panther Black, and Tectonic Silver.
FORD ESP: As with all other Ford vehicles sold in Malaysia via SDAC, the all-new Mondeo comes equipped with the company’s Extended Service Plan (ESP), which includes a three-year, or 60,000km (whichever comes first) maintenance programme that covers parts and labour free of charge. The programme covers inspection, maintenance and even free replacements for selected wear & tear items such as spark plugs, shock absorbers, engine belts, brake pads and wiper blades.
KEY SPECS: 2015 Ford Mondeo 2.0L EcoBoost
- Price: RM203,771 (with insurance)
- Engine: 2.0-litre Ti-VCT turbocharged (2.0L EcoBoost)
- Transmission: Six-speed SelectShift torque converter automatic
- Power: 240PS @ 5,300rpm
- Torque: 345Nm @ 2,300 to 4,900rpm
- Fuel consumption: 8.0-litres/100km (claimed)
- Top speed: 240km/h
Powering the all-new Mondeo is Ford’s turbocharged 2.0-litre (Ti-VCT) EcoBoost engine, which delivers a total of 240PS and 345Nm of torque – obliterating the equally-priced BMW 316i’s 1.6-litre TwinPower’s 136hp and 220Nm of torque. Same money, so much more power.
To find a comparable BMW 3 Series for petrol power, you’d have to look at the RM293k BMW 328i, which offers 245hp, and 350Nm of torque. Even the RM241k 320i only manages 184hp and 270Nm.
The one big difference between this and a full-on 3 Series is that while the 3er is a rear-wheel drive, the Mondeo has all its 345Nm of torque sent to the front wheels, leaving the heft of power for the torque vectoring system to manage.
Drivers will have the option of shifting through the gears via paddle shifters for optimum control of their SelectShift six-speed torque converter automatic transmission, whilst the car is poised to return fuel consumption figures of 8.0-litres/100km.
Needless to say, Ford’s latest D-segment entry is a handsome vehicle, and SDAC has done well to equip the car with a generous and equally impressive amount of kit. Flanking the chrome front grille are full LED projector headlamps which come equipped with Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System that allows for automatic and adaptive adjustability of lighting direction to optimise driver’s view. Daytime running lights are also a standard feature.
Five twin-spoke design 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 235/50 R17 rubbers are included as standard, while other highlights of the Mondeo’s exterior include power/auto folding wing mirrors equipped with turn signal lights and a puddle lamp, a Ford Follow-Me-Home Lighting system, and more.
The stylish and leather-packed interior features loads of Ford’s latest tech and design. The dashboard is dominated by a massive eight-inch LCD touchscreen, atop a minimalistic set of controls, including a rotary dial – all of which to manage the second-gen Ford SYNC infotainment and connectivity system.
For your entertainment, a nine-way speaker system is standard issue stuff for you to enjoy your MP3, Aux, Bluetooth and USB connectivity – and don’t forget Ford’s very intuitive Voice Command system.
Further to the infotainment, there’s electronic dual-zone air-conditioning (EATC), 10-way adjustable power seats for the driver and front passenger (driver gets an extra memory function), keyless-entry and engine push-start button, ambient lighting, and of course, a full leather upholstery: leather seats, steering and gear knob.
The eight-inch LCD touchscreen is also used as a display for the rear-view camera.
FORD MyKey: Remember this bit of trickery? Yes, SDAC has specified its Mondeo with its clever MyKey system, which allows owners of the Mondeo to program various characteristics of the car according to individual key fobs.
For example, if you’re the proud owner of a Mondeo, and you don’t want your son discovering what it’s like to be driving at 200km/h, you could set the key fob to limit its top speed to, say, 110km/h. Likewise, you could also control the maximum volume of the nine-speaker audio system, so that only you get to fully enjoy it. It’s the perfect tool for dads wanting to keep their Mondeo’s maximum potential all to themselves, whilst keeping other drivers at bay with it.
SDAC’s list of safety features for the all-new Mondeo also shows no compromise, with the car offering a competitive set of seven airbags, ABS with EBD, Emergency Brake Assist, and ISOFIX with child-seat anchors.
On top of that, you also get an Electronic Stability Control system, a Lane Keeping Aid, Hill-Launch Assist, and impressively, even Adaptive Cruise Control.