If we were in the market for a new Mondeo, which would mean we'd be living in another country, we'd probably go for Mondeo Titanium S five-door hatch, which comes both with sharp styling cues and a powerful TDCi diesel mill. We should say that's what we would have purchased. Now that we know there's a Titanium X model as the new flagship we're going to bite down on that. Though it isn't going to break any landspeed records with its 0-62 mph jog time of 8.4 seconds, all that style with a sporty suspension, standard six-speed manual transmission and a combined economy figure of 45.6 MPG in the EU combined cycle make for one supreme sedan. Press release and pics of the now passé Titanium S below.

SPORTING APPEAL FOR NEW FLAGSHIP MONDEO BRENTWOOD, Essex, May 6, 2008 - The multi-award winning Ford Mondeo is set to extend its premium sporty appeal with the introduction of a new flagship - the Titanium X Sport. Visually exciting, packed with standard equipment and powered by new premium diesel or five-cylinder petrol engines, the new Titanium X Sport is the most desirable Mondeo yet. Created in response to the recent surge in retail demand for top end versions of Mondeo, the new Titanium X Sport combines superb dynamics with premium luxury and a sportier new look. Available in five-door hatchback and estate body styles, Titanium X Sport models are designed to stand out from the crowd. Aggressively styled 18in alloys fill the wheel arches while twin chromed exhaust tailpipes and body-coloured side skirts complete the picture. The interior is also themed with sporty red stitching on the leather/alcantara seats, leather steering wheel and gear shift lever. Aluminium trim detailing is replaced with stylish piano black inlays. Customers can choose from two powerful and efficient powertrains. Existing five-cylinder 220PS 2.5-litre turbocharged petrol, or the new diesel, which is expected to account for the majority of sales. With 35PS more than its 2.0TDCi sister, the new 175PS 2.2-litre TDCi engine is among the smoothest units of its type combining swift, quiet acceleration of 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 139mph with a combined economy figure of 45.6mpg. C02 emissions are low too at 165g/km. Generously specified, the Mondeo Titanium X Sport's standard equipment includes in-dash Sony six CD player, voice control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlights, front and rear park assist, dual-zone climate control and Ford Power start button. Additional upgrades over the standard Titanium include advanced Bluetooth connectivity, bi-xenon lights, alloy pedals and sports suspension. Both engines come with six-speed manual gearbox and insurance groups are 12E for diesel and 14E for petrol models. Available to order now and priced from ÂŁ23,355 (5 door) and ÂŁ26,605 (estate) on the road, Titanium X Sport adds more premium appeal and choice to Ford's popular Mondeo.

[Source: Ford]