After being absent from the Australian market since 2000, factors contributing to giving the Mondeo the green light in Australia once again include strong design, positive European press and a shift towards mid-size vehicles.

The all-new fourth generation Ford Mondeo made its public debut in Geneva earlier this year, and now makes its southern hemisphere debut at the Australian Motor Show. After being absent from the Australian market since 2000, factors contributing to giving the Mondeo the green light in Australia once again include strong design, positive European press and a shift towards mid-size vehicles.

This European engineered and designed Mondeo will be available in four versions, which include a base LX, higher spec Zetec and turbo diesel. But the big news is the fourth range topping model, the Mondeo XR5 Turbo.

Not yet available in Europe, the Mondeo XR5 Turbo receives Ford's excellent 2.5 liter Duratex 20-valve 5-cylinder engine currently seen in the Ford Focus XR5 (a.k.a Focus ST in Europe). It produces 162kW (220hp) at 5000 rpm and 320Nm (236 ft-lbs) of torque which is available from 1500rpm up to 4800rpm. The Mondeo X5 Turbo is only available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Mondeo XR5 Turbo interior upgrades include “Ford Power” keyless start button and an enhanced cluster display with a 15cm premium color screen. On the outside, the Mondeo XR5 Turbo is distinguished by “18-inch alloy wheels, lowered sport suspension and a performance-styled bodykit consisting of front and rear bumpers, fog lamps, and unique upper and lower grilles and rocker panel moulding.”

The Mondeo XR5 Turbo Model $RRP is $41,990.

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