Fast forward to 2009 and now you have the new Ford Mondeo Titanium TDCi. In using the term Titanium, Ford has taken a brave step to position the Mondeo among the premium car segments. Its dynamic headlight, adaptive cruise control system and voice controls seeks to prove this. One thing for sure, Ford did not really launched the new generation until 2007, which to some was pretty late already as compared to its Asian competitors.

Set to compete with the likes of the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda 5 and the Subaru Liberty, this might not be the best segments Ford would like to compete but if they can bring the success from the US market to other countries, then they do stand a good chance. To begin with, there will be no sedan version and the Mondeo is now available in the hatchback version as well as a wagon while the Titanium is only available in hatchback.

It comes with the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder petrol and 2.0 liter turbodiesel engines respectively which is then powered through with a 6 speed automatic gearbox. Among the cool stuff here are those mentioned above but you also get keyless start and smart key entry, Bluetooth connectivity, 18 inch alloy wheels, B-Pillar mounted air vents behind as well as a sports body kit.

In terms of safety, you get the standard ABS and airbags all over the car which includes knee airbags as well on top of that, they also put in the traction control and stability controls systems as well. You might not be expected some really high-powered engine with this one where the 2.0 turbodiesel engine gets you up to 113 horses and you can expect the 2.3 one to get you a bit more but ultimately, Ford is serious when it comes to performance. So at least that puts the equation right on that one.