iPad glitch shows new Ford Mondeo ahead of its Detroit motor show launch on Monday
7 January 2012

This is the first image of the new Ford Mondeo, which is due to be unveiled at the Detroit motor show on Monday.

The image was shown on the Ford iPad app counting down the days to the car's reveal. It will go on sale in America first as the Ford Fusion, before being launched in Europe with very minor styling changes in 2013.

The key detail that the picture reveals is the Aston Martin-esque front grille, which was first shown on the Ford Evos concept, which previews all future Ford design themes, at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show.

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7 January 2012

Peugeot 407 gape...........or Aston Martin grill?

7 January 2012

I think Aston should sue for the gratuitous copy of the front end, stick two fingers up to their former owner, or are Ford hinting that they are buying Aston back?

7 January 2012

[quote owenmahamilton]I think Aston should sue for the gratuitous copy of the front end[/quote]

Indeed they should. Just as soon as they have sued Renault for the gratuitous copy of the rear end on the Laguna coupe.


7 January 2012

[quote owenmahamilton]Ford hinting that they are buying Aston back?[/quote]

Ford more likly hinting that their money made Aston work... Anyway, quite a promising photo.

7 January 2012

Is this a facelift of the current Mondeo or an altogether new model?

7 January 2012

[quote Quattroporte]Is this a facelift of the current Mondeo or an altogether new model?
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Hard to tell from the photos, but I suspect it may be an all-new 4th gen model. If that is the case, then the current model will have had a remarkably short lifespan, having been unveiled in 2007. The previous 2 models were around for 7 years.

Either way, even if this car turns out to be another excellent Ford product, I doubt that will be enough to turnaround the ongoing migration towards premium rivals such as the 3-Series. At the end of the day, the image of the blue oval doesn't cut the mustard for many punters anymore, regardless of the car's ability. I suspect that if sales of this new model do not meet targets Ford may well not replace it, in the UK at least.

7 January 2012

[quote Lanehogger]Hard to tell from the photos, but I suspect it may be an all-new 4th gen model. [/quote]I think so. The current Mondeo was face lifted early in 2010. This new model looks awkwardly styled from that photo. The gape will look dated in next to no time (just look at the 407) - but I'll reserve judgement for the final pictures!

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

7 January 2012


[quote Lanehogger]I suspect that if sales of this new model do not meet targets Ford may well not replace it, in the UK at least.[/quote]

That would be so very sad. Then Ford would have to inflate the Focus to Mondeo dimensions, bulk the Fiersta up to old Focus size, make tha Ka one size bigger, and create a new "entry-level" small car.

7 January 2012

I wouldn't worry about copyright if I were Aston. The direction Mondeo sales are heading here in the UK, there ain't going to be too many around.

7 January 2012

[quote rtwingo]Anyway, quite a promising photo.[/quote]

Agreed, definitely looks a lot nicer than the current car, which has dated incredibly fast. The grille is certainly Aston-like but I especially like the quite simple narrow headlights. Cant wait to see the full photos... cant believe Im saying that about a Mondeo lol. In fact thats given me a great idea... could now be the time to drop the Mondeo name? Dropping the Escort name was definitely the right decision for the Focus back in 1998, & I think the Mondeo name nowadays has the same negative associations that made Vauxhall ditch the Vectra name. I certainly wont be surprised if this car ends up with a new name.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

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