These are the first official pictures of the all-new, fourth-generation Ford Mondeo; on sale 2013
10 January 2012

The all-new Ford Mondeo has been launched at the Detroit motor show. The car isn’t due to go on sale until March next year, but Ford has announced it early because the Mondeo’s sister vehicle, the US-market Fusion, has just been revealed at the Detroit show.

As part of the company’s ‘One Ford’ policy, the European and Asian-market Mondeo and the US Fusion have merged to become essentially the same car.

Sources say the new car, which has been engineered primarily in America, is based on an all-new, “10 per cent stronger” platform that replaces the one under today’s Mondeo and the Mazda 6-sourced platform used by the current Fusion. It retains MacPherson struts at the front and gets all-new multi-link rear suspension. Ford claims the Mondeo has again been conceived as a driver’s car.

For now, most of the technical information relates to the Fusion, but Mondeo buyers can expect 168bhp/172lb ft 1.6-litre and 234bhp/250lb ft 2.0-litre turbocharged Ecoboost petrol engines, as well as Ford’s 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels.

The US market also gets the Fusion Hybrid, which uses a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine, electric motor and CVT transmission to deliver 56mpg-plus economy. A plug-in hybrid version has also been announced which promises fuel economy equivalent to around 100mpg with a range comparable to the Chevrolet Volt.

Sources at Ford say although no decision has been made on whether hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants of the Mondeo will be sold in Europe, an electrified C/D segment car is scheduled for a 2013 launch.

The new Mondeo platform has also been engineered to accommodate all-wheel drive, which will be an option on the US-market car powered by the 2.0-litre petrol engine. Stop-start will also be an option on the new model, activated by brake pedal pressure. Lane Keeping Assist, adaptive cruise control, Active Park Assist and a Blind Spot Information System will be available as options, as will a new Active Noise Control set-up, which use the audio system to help cancel out road noise. SYNC, Ford’s in-car internet service, will also be offered on the new Mondeo, after appearing later this year in the UK in the Focus.

The look of the new Mondeo doesn’t stray too far from today’s model but, in keeping with Ford’s new design policy previewed on last year’s Evos concept, the headlamps are much smaller and the current car’s large lower air intake has been shrunk and raised, giving the nose a more than passing resemblance to contemporary Aston Martins.

The new Mondeo has grown in length by just over 13mm, and is 26mm higher. However, it is now 35mm narrower. The sides of the car are now more crisply defined, with a marked ridge running through the door handles and Audi-style sculpting in the lower door skins. The rear end, which features shallow LED tail-lights, retains the closest styling links with the Evos concept.

The exterior’s measured restraint is reflected in the “driver-orientated” cabin, which features a large, central touchscreen and touchpad audio interface. Ford claims the quality of the cabin has improved over the current car, with tighter shutlines and softer surfaces.

Why America led? Mark Fields, President Ford Americas explained: "The mid-size sedan market is worth two million sales in the US. The Toyota Camry and Honda accord dominated the Market until 2008 when it stagnated. They have stood still while fusion sales have risen. It leads favourable opinion change among consumers of all ford models, and wins the most conquest customers.

“Last year was our best sales year with the Fusion and we sold almost 250,000 vehicles. The new Fusion is something different that will change opinion again of mid size sedans. It represents a great opportunity.”

This fourth-generation Mondeo is Ford’s second attempt at building a global mid-sized car. The original 1993 Mondeo was also sold (unsuccessfully) in the US as the Contour and Mercury Mystique. Its codename, CDW27, referred to C/D segment World car. Even the name ‘Mondeo’ was created from the French ‘monde’, which means ‘world’.

Our Verdict

Ford Mondeo 2007-2014
The Ford Mondeo is a well developed all-rounder that shines with its handling and finish

The Ford Mondeo is a fine car in most areas. The family hatch is still a class leader even as its replacement nears

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9 January 2012

That nose does indeed look Astonesque! And the rear barely different from the current model. Overall not too bad though, I guess.

As to the size, it looks as if Ford didn't believe the current car was big enough and they have increased the length further, all be it that is a bit narrower!

9 January 2012

Great looking car - classy, contemporary appearance! I think it's a big improvement on the current model - which itself doesn't look too bad. E

9 January 2012

Aston fron and Aventador back ....

Racy :)

9 January 2012

Its ok I guess but in 12 months things will have moved on. It needed releasing now.

Ford, who once had this segment to themself pretty much, have been left behind.

9 January 2012

All the exterior photos appear to of the saloon version (no rear wiper) will they release that in the UK? Overall not bad, just the rear is a bit bland, the interior looks far better.

9 January 2012

Dosent look to bad, definitly looks rather aston from the front.

9 January 2012

While it looks a little like a facelift of the current car at first, the more I look at it, the more I like it.

9 January 2012

[quote Citytiger]All the exterior photos appear to of the saloon version (no rear wiper) will they release that in the UK? Overall not bad, just the rear is a bit bland, the interior looks far better.[/quote]

The pictures are all saloons because they are pictures of the Ford Fusion, the US car. There will be a hatch in Europe as a Mondeo.

Also, interesting this article says 'sources say it is mostly US engineered' when all US articles go on about how it was engineered in Europe.

Perhaps those sources are not Ford at all but someone pretending to be a Ford internal source causing trouble by making out that the new breed of Fords (Focus, Kuga, Mondeo) will all be floaty, crap driving, awful interiored yank tanks.

Conspiracy!

9 January 2012

Although it is clearly more of an evolution of the Mondeo than the Fusion (which itself had overtones of the Mk 2 model), this looks good to me but I do wonder whether it will age as badly as the current 5 year-model has and whether this styling theme will translate better on to some other models than Kinetic did, which is fussy. I do like the front, but it does suggest Ford ran out of ideas. A far cry from the fresh thinking of New Edge 15 years ago.

9 January 2012

I really like it, & Im not generally a Ford fan. It just needs a new name now, I think Mondeo should go the same way as Escort & Vectra, it has too many negative associations- reps car, boring car, default choice, etc.

Could they call it the Fusion over here? I presume the current Fiesta-based Fusion wont be on sale by the time this comes out... or would reusing the same name on a different sized car confuse people? I dont know. I really think changing the name is important though.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

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