Sporty Ford Mondeo ST-Line announced in Europe

June 23, 2016

Ford is using the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) to showcase the new Mondeo ST-Line, which gets a number of sporty visual enhancements.

Mondeo ST-LineFord launched the ST-Line on the Focus and Fiesta earlier this year. It’s similar to what Volkswagen does with the R-Line selection or BMW’s M Sport packages, with distinct visual enhancements.

In the case of the Mondeo, the ST-Line adds a honeycomb mesh grille design, DRLs, front spoiler, chrome window strip replaced with black, sporty ST-style seats, sports gearknob and ST-Line scuff plates, plus rear spoilers. Suspension is also lowered by 10mm for a sportier stance.

Whether this points to an ST version of the Mondeo being in the works is unclear. The Mondeo is due for a mid-cycle facelift soon, as its US twin – the Fusion – just received.

As part of the facelift, a range-topping 243kW/475Nm 2.7-litre twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 was added, with a sub 5.0-second 0-100km/h time promised. This would make a logical counterpoint to arch-rival Insignia VXR’s 2.8-litre twin-turbo V6, which belts out 239kW and 435Nm. It, too, is due for replacement soon, potentially when it could merge to form the new Holden Commodore in Australia.

If Ford of Europe does produce a six-cylinder Mondeo of any kind, no doubt Ford Australia would be absolutely clamouring for it to appease butthurt Falcon customers.

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Bear in mind the Mondeo was delayed by two years from the Fusion, so the mid-cycle enhancement (MCE) might not appear until mid next year.

Mitchell was a contributing journalist and features writer at Performance Drive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.