Ford Mondeo 2nd Gen Origin
In October 2000, Ford Motor Company introduced the second-generation Ford Mondeo, also known as the Mk 3. It replaced the first-generation Ford Mondeo (Mk 1) with some interior and engine upgrades.
The Mk 3 is larger than the first-generation Ford Mondeo and lacks the Ford’s New Edge design theme which was present in the first-generation Ford Mondeo.
However, it was the first car to benefit from their Prodigy concept car, which many thoughts gave it a more mature appearance. The chassis design from the Mk 1 was carried over to the Mk 3, ensuring that it maintained the superior handling and ride of its predecessor.
In Mexico, the Mk3 replaced the North American-built Ford Contour, and it was sold between 2001 and 2007.
Ford Mondeo 2nd Gen Overview
The 2nd generation Ford Mondeo had two major flaws in its design. In that, the modest rear legroom and uncompetitive diesel version were being powered by a new Duratorq diesel engine and ran on a wheelbase that was longer than that of the Mk 1 by 50 mm (20 in).
The interior design of this classic Ford got a lot of attention from the company. It was made after the standard design set by the Volkswagen Passat (B5) in 1996 and it was the first major American automobile to react to that standard as Ford dropped its American design in the Mk 1 and replaced it with the German design which was more sophisticated and of a much higher quality.
The passive safety provided by this car’s stronger body shell was one of its greatest strengths. Ford introduced the “Intelligent Protection System” (IPS) in this model, which used “intelligent” sensors based on neural networks to determine the best safety devices to use in any given crash situation.
To improve safety, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution, and an electronic stability program (ESP) were integrated. The Mk 3 was built on the same CDW27 platform as the Mk 1. In 2001 and 2002, it was ranked sixth on the SMMT’s official list of the top-selling cars in the United Kingdom, and in 2002, the New Zealand Motoring Writer’s Guild voted it the Car of the Year in New Zealand.
Ford Mondeo 2nd Gen Engine
The engine was named Duratec, and it was a 1.8 and 2.0-liter Mazda L engine. it was designed to replace the Zetec engine found in the first-generation Mondeo. The Mk 3 kept the standard 2.5 L V6 engine, but the ST220 and higher trims got a 3.0 L version.
In addition, Ford discontinued its Endura-D 1.8 L turbodiesel engine and replaced it with a 2.0 L 16v Duratorq common rail (TDCi and TDDi) unit with a fixed or variable geometry turbine that allowed for a short-term torque overboost of about 10%. The engine was known as a Puma-type Duratorg.
The second-generation Ford Mondeo engine also came with a new automatic transmission which was added to the known Durashift range. The five gears in this unit could be shifted manually or automatically. It also included a 6-speed manual transmission which was an upgrade from the 5-speed manual transmission in the Mk 1.
The ST220 3.0 L V6 engine generated a 226 bhp (169 kW) allowing it to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.4 seconds. The ST TDCi engine could also run the same distance in 8.2 seconds since it generated 153 bhp (114 kW).
Ford Mondeo 2nd Gen Production
The controversy regarding the units of the second-generation Ford Mondeo that were produced still remains ongoing as no definite figure has been provided. However, it was produced and sold between 2001 and 2007 as I stated earlier in this video.
Ford Mondeo 2nd Gen Price
If you ever thought of purchasing this car, then you shouldn’t be scared of breaking your bank. On average, this model costs between $686 to $1,602. This shouldn’t be so much to spend considering the features we just discussed.
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