Published on May 26th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ford Mondeo Gets Refreshed With Fuel Saving Features
On its way to Auto Connexion showrooms, both the Ford Mondeo’s 1.6 115PS TDCi diesel and EcoBoost 160PS petrol units will boast the Auto-Start-Stop feature as standard. The diesel’s CO2 emissions of 114g/km, equating to 65.7mpg for both five-door and estate bodystyles, make it the most frugal Mondeo ever. Emissions have been reduced by 12 per cent, or 25g/km, compared with the 2.0-litre 140PS diesel engine. Other Ford ECOnetic Technologies contributing to this achievement are an aero kit including lowered suspension, smart regenerative charging, Active Grille Shutter and Eco Mode driver feedback. The new 1.6-litre TDCi delivers 270Nm of torque (290Nm with overboost) from 1750-2500rpm.
Ford’s new EcoBoost petrol engines combine three technologies, which enable a smaller displacement to offer fuel economy benefits and more power than conventional larger capacity versions. Direct injection, turbo charging and variable cam timing mean the Mondeo’s 1.6 EcoBoost delivers up to 160PS, 44.1mpg and 149g CO2/km – 20 per cent better than the 2.0-litre 145PS petrol.
Ford Auto-Start-Stop system can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to five per cent in mixed driving conditions. In an urban environment and in heavy traffic with frequent stops, the savings could increase to as much as 10 per cent.
Ford Auto-Start-Stop features an enhanced, durable starter motor to support the increased number of engine starts and a high performance Improved Flooded (IF) Battery with a Voltage Quality Module (VQM). This maintains the energy supply to electrical components such as the entertainment system during engine restart. In addition a Battery Monitoring System (BMS) continuously checks the battery charge and communicates with the Auto-Start-Stop function, so the system leaves the engine running in the event that the battery does not have sufficient charge.
The Auto-Start-Stop system’s sensors detect when the driver performs an action that signals the intent to drive off, such as pressing the accelerator or clutch pedal. As soon as the driver prepares to move away, the engine starts almost instantly – it only takes around 0.3sec to fire up. The process is virtually imperceptible, and happens before gear selection is completed.