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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Preview: Mondeo and S-MAX ECOBOOST

KUALA LUMPUR: Local Ford vehicle distributor Sime Darby AutoConneXion Sdn Bhd has unveiled two Ford new models featuring the Detroit car maker’s powerful and yet fuel efficient EcoBoost 2.0-litre engine - the updated Mondeo sedan and S-Max multi-purpose vehicle.

The Mondeo will be launched next month followed by the seven-seater S-Max in August.


Both vehicles to be sold in the luxury Titanium trim grade, are fully imported from Europe and will be equipped with the six-speed dual clutch Powershift transmission for smooth gear shifting.

The Mondeo is estimated to be priced between RM180,000 and RM185,000, and the S-Max from RM185,000 to RM188,000.

The Mondeo gets features such as adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, B-pillar mounted rear air conditioner vents, keyless entry and go, USB support, Bluetooth and Voice Command, cruise control and 17-inch wheels.

It also has Ford Convers+, a 256-colour screen in the instrument panel which displays radio, CD, MP3 player or Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone information.

Safety features include seven airbags, anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability programme, hill launch control and traction control.

Powered by a 203bhp and 300Nm 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that features direct fuel injection, turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing technologies, the Mondeo can sprint from 0-100kph in 7.9 seconds.

EcoBoost powertrain promises up to 20% more power and fuel economy with up to 15% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to a normal engine of similar capacity.

The S-Max meanwhile, promises spacious interior for family vehicle in a stylish package featuring Ford’s current “kinetic” styling.
S-Max.

Its Fold Flat Seating system which offers 285 litres with all seats folded up and up to 1,171 litres available in “five-seat” mode, greatly enhances the S-Max’s ability to people and luggage together.

Utilising the same EcoBoost powertrain with the Mondeo, the S-Max can sprint from 0-100kph in 8.5 seconds to a top speed of 221kph.

Key features include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, Ford Convers+, B-pillar mounted rear air conditioner vents, keyless entry and go, USB support, Bluetooth and Voice Command, cruise control and 17-inch wheels.

Safety equipment include nine airbags, anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability programme, hill launch control and traction control.

Ford Export Operations Asia Pacific regional manager David Westerman said: “The new Mondeo’s smart design gives it a premium feel, and Malaysian customers will appreciate the class, style and comfort that this outstanding vehicle delivers.”

He also said the S-Max’s sleek new look combines first-class enhancements and functionality for a maximum fun-to-drive experience in comfort and style.

The Mondeo and S-Max come with a five-star Euro NCAP crash rating.

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