Ford's new coupe revealed
Ford's new coupe (2008) revealed
Georg Kacher (artist's impression by Motor Forecast)
05 June 2008 23:30
So give me the lowdown on this Merc CLS for the masses!
Aimed squarely at the VW Passat CC as well as at Laguna and C5, the four-door Mondeo coupé displays an emphatically emotional shape with plenty of daring curves and cutlines. Signature styling cues include frameless side windows, swooshy upright lateral air vents, stability-enhancing finned C-posts, translucent 3D tail lights, four individually adjustable bucket seats and a new black panel MMI monitor with touchsceen and remote control access.
Like the top-secret Capri planned by Cologne, the high-end Mondeo abandons the split radiator grille in favour of a new singleframe front end treatment featuring one large air intake aperture flanked by two smaller inlets/foglamps. Among several (competing or compatible?) triangular shapes are the headlamps which may take some getting used to.
What else should I know about this fancy Mondeo?
The modular engineering concept should enable the product planners to justify the higher price point of the coupé by adding several new items to the features list. Among them are active steering in sync with lane departure compensation, adaptive cruise control together with speed limit recognition and stop-and-go mode.
There will also be a fresh approach to MMI, Keyless Go with programmable user profile, automatic parking aid, AdBlue diesel technology, plus a micro-hybrid version with starter-generator, brake regeneration and buffer battery.
Also on the cards – for top-spec Ghia and Titanium X models – are air suspension, four-wheel drive and a version of the 2.7-litre V6 diesel Ford has just passed on to Tata, the new owners of Jaguar and Land Rover.
So the Blue Oval is going upmarket, but will it work? VW might just be able to make it work with the Passat CC but would you buy a Mondeo coupe? Click ‘Add your comment’ below and have your say