A new generation of hybrid powertrains will be offered in the load-lugging version of Ford’s iconic Mondeo from spring 2019.
The blue oval says its enhanced Mondeo Hybrid range will deliver attractive fuel efficiency and CO2 emission performance, as well as a compelling alternative to diesel powertrains.
Currently, anyone looking to drive a hybrid Mondeo has to settle with the saloon shape – which is fine because the sports coupe-inspired profile with its low roofline certainly has its appeal, as does the upscale Mondeo Vignale variant.
Around a third of all Mondeos sold are estates, but the addition of a hybrid option is expected to increase its share.
The new 187bhp hybrid powertrain in the Mondeo Estate will consist of a specially-developed two-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine working together with an electric motor.
Meanwhile, the electric miles are boosted by a generator that enables regenerative charging of the 1.4 kWh lithium-ion, air-cooled, recyclable battery located behind the rear seats. Regenerative braking technology captures up to 90 per cent of the energy normally lost during braking to replenish the battery.
Official consumption figures are yet to be confirmed, but a four-door Ford Mondeo hybrid returned more than 123mpg over 80 miles during an eco-driving contest this summer.
A Ford spokesman said: “For many customers, the practicality offered by a estate body style is an absolute must, so from next year, those drivers will also be able to reduce their fuel bills using the sophisticated petrol-electric powertrain of our new Mondeo hybrid estate.”
Ford is investing £8.4 billion into electrified powertrains and plans to deliver 16 fully electric vehicles within a global portfolio of 40 electrified vehicles by 2022.
Jess Wort, marketing manager at the Green Journey, added: “The Ford Mondeo has been the model of choice for many families and company car drivers over the decades. Adding a hybrid option to the estate can only strengthen its appeal.”