Ford has added a new sporty ST‑Line to its Ford Mondeo range.
Set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Mondeo ST-Line is the newest addition to Ford’s recently unveiled ST-Line model range that delivers bold styling inspired by Ford Performance models.
The new model joins the Fiesta ST-Line and Focus ST-Line on display at Goodwood, where Ford is showing a range of performance vehicles from the Ford GT Le Mans race car to the new Fiesta ST200 hot hatch.
The Fiesta ST-Line and Focus ST-Line were designed for customers looking for a sporty image of the Performance Fiesta ST and Focus ST hot-hatch models – but who do not require the full performance delivered by optimised ST engines and chassis with sports technologies.
“The new Mondeo ST-Line is our sportiest Mondeo since we introduced the Mondeo ST220 model in 2002,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. “Mondeo ST-Line 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.”
Available in five-door and estate bodystyles the Mondeo ST-Line features Ford Performance-inspired styling including 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.
A front bumper lip spoiler and sculptured side-skirts in body colour joins a sports rear bumper with high-gloss black diffuser-style insert and silver tailpipe surrounds. A black beltline beneath the windows and ST-Line exterior badging on the front wings join a choice of unique new 18-inch alloys wheels with bright machined surface or 19-inch alloy wheels in Rock Metallic Grey.
On the inside Sport seats with unique red stitching, a perforated leather ST-style steering wheel, and black interior door appliques are matched with a Sports gear knob for manual transmissions and ST-Line scuff plates. A standard-fit rear roof spoiler for the estate and an optional rear roof spoiler for the five-door completes the styling upgrades.
As with all models in the new Ford ST-Line range, the Mondeo ST-Line is available only with high-power engine derivatives that complement the enhanced driving dynamics delivered by sport suspension – lowered by 10mm. The diesel engine options include a 150PS 2.0-litre TDCi with six-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission offering from 112g/km CO2 and 65.7mpg.
A 180PS 2.0-litre TDCi with six-speed manual or six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission is also available, offering from 117g/km CO2 and 62.8mpg. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters feature on the Mondeo ST-Line with six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission, as does Ford Intelligent All Wheel Drive. The AWD can adjust torque delivery up to 50/50 between the front and rear wheels in under 20 milliseconds – twenty times quicker than it takes to blink.
“With our new ST-Line range even more customers can experience sporty style and driving dynamics inspired by our most exciting Ford Performance line-up ever, that includes models such as the Focus RS, new Fiesta ST200 and Ford GT supercar” de Waard said. “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.”
The Goodwood Festival of Speed opens its doors today.