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11 Jun 2012 | Text & Photos by Nicholas Low
Ascend to Powers
Ford's flagship sedan gets a small dose of power boost, putting ease to its urban sprints and adding woes to the rivalling offerings.
The flagship sedan from Ford was facelifted a year back. Its latest iteration would be best described as an 'engine improvement', with the 2.0-litre EcoBoost tweaked to deliver more horses and torque, yet without compromising on fuel economy.
In plain sight, there is no distinction that will give a hint of its powerplant upgrade over its predecessor. The Mondeo still has that pleasant, soft approach on aesthetics. Though dimensionally bigger than its rivals in the continental segment, the car feels more subtle when it comes to on-road presence.
The Mondeo incorporates a relatively different interpretation of daytime-running LEDs - an elongated strip running above the fog-lamp at each flank. Without integrating into the main headlamps, the stand-alone pieces do give an impression of a 'last minute' add-on.
The rump, on the other hand, does a better job at hints of modernisation. The flowing tail lamps draw attention to the arched boot styling, a departure from the conventional square framings.
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