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Ford Mondeo adopts new look

Ford has announced a number of new interior and exterior changes across its 2005 Mondeo range.

Changes include the incorporation of the Titanium and Titanium X models as regular series alongside the Ghia and Ghia X models due to continued customer demand. The Titanium X was originally introduced in 2004 as a limited production model.

"Mondeo has been in the top 10 best selling cars in Britain since its launch in 1993. It is currently the second best selling diesel and a firm favourite with both retail and fleet customers. We believe these latest changes, the addition of new technology and a new series in Titanium provide customers with an overwhelming choice of value, luxury or performance," says Jon Gunn-Smith, large car brand manager, Ford of Britain.

New silver painted upper and lower grille, additional chrome accents, including a new rocker panel, new wheel centre-caps and a chrome strip along the bottom of the windows on each door have been added to the Mondeo ST.

Interior enhancements include red or grey coloured stitching on the steering wheel, gearshift and hand brake plus optional aluminium pedals.

The Titanium and Titanium X trim levels, available from £18,700 OTR, has now become a permanent addition to the range.

The Titanium trim level includes upper grille mesh and bodycolour front and rear bumper lower valences, 17-inch alloy wheel design with a chrome centre cap, a tailgate scuff-plate on the estate model, rear window privacy glass as standard, Sony CD player becomes standard, bluetooth system with voice control, new Alcantara/leather trim, ESP and climate seats.

The Ghia and Ghia X, available at £18,700 OTR will now include a mesh upper grille and new bodycoloured front and rear lower bumper valences, new chromed centre cap design for the Ghia's alloy wheels and a tailgate scuff-plate on the Ghia and Ghia X estate models.

The Zetec model offers chrome interior door release handles, silver painted bezels for the gear lever and clock surround, chromed handbrake release button and new door trim insert and new trim colour, all available from £17,400 OTR.

The LX trim, available from £15,995 OTR, includes new front bumper with lower valance, new look rear bumper, chrome front grille surround with new upper and lower grille mesh, chrome interior door release handles, a gearshift gaiter with chrome surround and chrome clock surround.

On Mondeos equipped with Ford's Durashift 6-speed manual transmission, a gear lever trigger has been added. A spring-loaded ring under the gear knob now has to be lifted by the driver when selecting reverse gear.

For mobile telephone users, three hands-free kits are available, two of which feature the bluetooth technology. All systems are available across the range from the entry-level tape or CD player to the High Navigation system from £250.

I-Pod or MP-3 users will be able to use the ‘In Car Entertainment’ (ICE) systems, all of which include an socket located in the glove box.

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