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New Mondeo to be powered by a 1.0 litre engine

It's been a busy couple of weeks over at the Blue Oval Badge. Not only had Ford unveiled the all-new B-Max, news also filtered through of the updated Fiesta, a baby Kuga and of course the brand-spanking new Mondeo.

First to be manufactured on a global platform, (which basically means the Mondeo you see in California will be the exact same as the one here) is promising -- "a sleek design with new levels of premium interior craftsmanship."

It will also be the first car in its segment equipped with the award winning three-cylinder 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine -- delivering an expected best-in-class fuel economy.

The giant family saloon is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting.

Quicker to illuminate, more durable and more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps, the new flagship's LED headlamps turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed -- providing a greater depth of illumination at high speeds and a wider field of vision at slower speeds.


The interior we're told will have unprecedented levels of ergonomics and comfort, with "superior craftsmanship throughout the driver-focused cockpit. Soft-touch materials, premium finishes and equipment contribute to the most premium Mondeo experience ever."

There's a hybrid in the pipeline too combining a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery to provide high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

For the first time on Mondeo, a diesel all-wheel drive variant will be offered, delivering superior traction, performance and handling.

The new bus will also offer a segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch a voice-activated in-car connectivity system wired to an eight-inch colour touchscreen which acts as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.

Elsewhere the dust sheets also came off the all-new EcoSport, a compact, rugged and economical sports utility which will go on sale in Europe within the next 18 months.

EcoSport is based on Ford's global B-segment platform and combines small car practicality with the flexibility, spaciousness, agility and style of a SUV.

The distinctive and aerodynamic EcoSport features a large front grille; slim, detailed headlights; and cladding on the side sills and bumpers -- or a baby Kuga.

Speaking of babies, the Fiesta gets a revamp too with a more aggressive look and oodles of technology including My Key.

This gizmo is targeting parents who want to keep a eye on their teenage children's driving habits.

It allows the owner to re-programme the car including limiting the speed and volume on the stereo and forbids the deactivation of driver aids like traction control and ESP.

The new Fiesta will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show this month and will be in Irish showrooms by October.