The Ford Mondeo is nearly two years behind scheduled but the company is making up for lost time by announcing a series for firsts for the model.

The Ford Mondeo is nearly two years behind scheduled but the company is making up for lost time by announcing a series for firsts for the model.

Chief among them is a new Pre-Collision Assist system with Pedestrian Detection. Available as part of the Pre-Collision Assist package - which also includes Active Braking - the system uses radar and a windshield-mounted camera to detect “pedestrian shapes” in front of the car. If a person is detected and a collision is imminent, the driver will receive and audio and visual warning. Should the driver fail to respond, the car will automatically brake itself to prevent or reduce the severity of a crash.

Besides announcing the new safety system, Ford confirmed there will be a "high-power" diesel model with a 2.0-liter TDCi engine. Set to be offered early next year, the 2.0-liter engine will replace the previous 2.2-liter unit and produce 210 PS (154 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque.

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