Key Safety Systems supplies the new Ford Mondeo with inflatable rear seat belts, making the car the first midsize model in Europe to offer the safety feature. The rear seat belts inflate when sensors detect a collision. Within 40 milliseconds the deployed belt provides protection to an area that is five times wider than a standard belt, which is supposed to reduce the risk of head, neck and chest injuries.
The latest generation Mondeo is available with a version of the 2.2-liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine that Ford says has been significantly reworked and now provides 197hp; a 12 percent increase compared with the previous generation. Radiated noise at idle has also been reduced by 2 decibels. New fuel injectors, supplied by Delphi work with a higher injection pressure for improved fuel atomization, which the supplier says helps improve fuel efficiency. Delphi also supplies the Mondeo with its wiring system, ultrasonic interior protection and active safety systems as well as the antenna system that is integrated to the vehicle’s glass, which helps improve aerodynamic drag by as much as 10 percent reducing it to 0.29 in the four- and five-door versions.
A larger turbocharger, supplied by BorgWarner, also helps the power increase. The new water-cooled unit’s pressure has been raised to 1.8 bar from about 1.5 bar. BorgWarner also supplies turbochargers to gasoline-powered variants of the Mondeo as well as the car’s thermostat, EGR valve and module for the six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Assembly of the new fourth-generation Mondeo began at Ford's plant in Valencia, Spain, in September 2014. Output is forecast to peak at more than 100,000 Mondeos this year, according to IHS Automotive.