Ford has unveiled a lightly facelifted version of its highly popular Mondeo at this week's Moscow motor show.
It goes on sale in the UK in September and October, depending on the model, with unchanged prices except for the Titanium versions, which rise by £200 to reflect their higher specifications.
Key changes include a mildly redesigned interior, the addition of a more powerful 240bhp version of the 2.0 Ecoboost petrol engine that debuted a couple of months ago and a 200bhp 2.2 litre Duratorq diesel.
Also new are several fuel-saving technologies and the use of new features such as lane departure warning, automatic high beam and a driver alert system. This package of improvements is marked by minor restyling of the front bumper, grille and bonnet, the addition of LED daytime running lights and a switch to LED lamps at the rear.
The fuel-saving technologies include an automatic radiator shutter that closes off part of the engine-bay air supply when it's not needed, improving the car's aerodynamics, an intelligent alternator and Ford Eco Mode, a driver's display system that provides economy driving guidance. The Mondeo Econetic model has been dropped, allowing these technologies to be spread further through the range.
Inside, the Mondeo's centre console has been tidied up, and the large infotainment screen fitted to some models sits higher, making it easier to read. The door trims have also been reworked, as has some switchgear, all with the aim of improving quality of appearance.
This is the third set of improvements and range changes to have been made to the Mondeo in the past couple of months – in June the company announced the new Ecoboost engine in 203bhp form, together with its standard-fit Powershift six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a revised 2.0 TDCi diesel engine available in three outputs.
On top of that, it announced a pre-facelift Mondeo Titanium Sport model last week, of which 3,000 will be made before the facelifted 2011 model goes on sale. Although Ford announced this facelifted model in June, two weeks after the revised engine line-up, anyone who bought a Mondeo with one of the new engines will probably somewhat disgruntled to discover that their freshly introduced new model is going to become obsolete mere weeks after they'd bought it.
The limited edition Titanium X Sport will have a longer life because it won't be replaced until November, but if you fancy one of these you might be advised to wait, or negotiate a discount.