The 1.6-litre diesel Mondeo now includes Auto-Stop-Start, a system designed to turn the engine off when the car is stopped in heavy traffic to save fuel.
This has resulted in a 20 per cent improvement in CO2 emissions over the previous diesel model and the highest fuel economy figures ever recorded for a Mondeo.
Combined fuel consumption is now 65.7mpg for both the Mondeo saloon and Mondeo estate versions, while CO2 emissions have been lowered 25g/km to 114g/km.
This translates to zero first year road tax and £30 per year from the second year onwards – one of the lowest figures in the segment.
It also lowers company car tax below the 115g/km threshold as Ford targets the business and fleet sector with its upmarket saloon and estate.
“The introduction of our new small displacement diesel engine to Mondeo, and Ford’s Auto-Start-Stop system, are important steps towards meeting customers’ demand for performance, comfort and refinement coupled with outstanding fuel economy,” said Kevin Griffin, Ford of Britain fleet director.
Ford has also created an ‘aero kit’ for petrol models in its range, including the 1.6-litre EcoBoost Mondeo. The kit adds an Active Grille Shutter to reduce drag, smart regenerative charging and an Eco Mode to give the driver feedback on the best ways to save fuel.
Moving up the range, a new 2.2 TDCi 200bhp diesel engine has been announced at the top of the Ford Mondeo range. The engine, only available on Titanium models, delivers 47.1mpg when matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers more performance to the Mondeo saloon and estate.
All of the new engine options are available to buy now in the 2011 Ford Mondeo range. Prices for the Ford Mondeo start from £17,500.