A European hybrid version, which is powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec engine coupled to an electric motor and a CVT transmission, seems likely

This is the all-new Ford Mondeo undergoing towing and cooling tests in the Alps.

The European version of the new Ford Fusion — codenamed CD391 — won’t go on sale in the UK until September 2013, although it will make its public debut at the Paris motor show this September.

This test car is a saloon — the only body style that will be offered in North America — but European Mondeos will be available as either a five-door hatchback or an as yet unseen estate.

Today’s familiar 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre Ecoboost petrol engines will be offered on the new model, and are expected to develop similar power to today’s 158bhp and 200bhp units. The current 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre TDCi diesel engines will also be fitted to the Mk4 Mondeo, while benefiting from improvements to refinement and driveability. 

Ford sources say no decision has been made on whether European buyers will be offered the all-wheel-drive system that is an option in the US. However, a European version of the Fusion hybrid, which is powered by a 2.0-litre Duratec engine coupled to an electric motor and CVT transmission, seems likely.

The new Mondeo will also introduce a safety first to Europe with the option of airbag seatbelts for rear passengers. In the event of a collision, the airbag stored inside the belt deploys in 40 milliseconds and spreads the impact loads across an area five times larger than with a normal belt. 

These belts also offer “extra support to the head and neck in an accident, which is especially important for the young and elderly”, according to Ford.

The new Mondeo is based on Ford’s new global CD platform and will be built at Genk in Belgium alongside the next-generation Galaxy and S-Max.

According to Ford, some one million vehicles per year will be built on the CD platform across 10 model lines by 2015.

Our Verdict

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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16 July 2012

Good to see that owning Aston Martin wasn't a complete waste of money!

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

16 July 2012

What happened to the current MK4.5 and the previous MK4 (up until about 2010?)

16 July 2012

SimonRH wrote:

What happened to the current MK4.5 and the previous MK4 (up until about 2010?)

I thought so too:

Mk1 = 1st 1993 model

Mk2 = smiley grille facelift

Mk3 = New Edge model

Mk4 = Current bulbous model

Mk5 = Bulbous model with an Aston Martin grille.

They must be counting the smiley grille mk2 as a mk1 facelift, making the new edger a mk2 and the slab sided one a mk3.

They've been premiering this, along with the Aston-grilled Focus, for what seems like years. By the time they're released, we'll be bored of them already!

16 July 2012

sirwiggum wrote:

They've been premiering this, along with the Aston-grilled Focus, for what seems like years. By the time they're released, we'll be bored of them already!

 

It's like the New Ford BMax, that premiered about 3 years ago, and its still not here. Seems old already before its even hit the road!

16 July 2012

SimonRH wrote:

What happened to the current MK4.5 and the previous MK4 (up until about 2010?)

Depends on whether you count facelifts as sperate models or not. If you do, the forthcoming model could be seen as the Mk 7 model. If not, and you base cars on a new generation basis, then this will be the Mk 4 Mondeo.

  • 1993 Mk 1 launched
  • 1996 Mk 1 facelifted (Mk 2?)
  • 2000 Mk 2 launched (Mk 3?)
  • 2003 Mk 2 facelifted (Mk 4?)
  • 2007 Mk 3 launched (Mk 5?)
  • 2010 Mk 3 facelifted (Mk 6?)
  • 2012 Mk 4 launched (Mk 7?)

16 July 2012

That's one of the problems with volume cars like Fords - no matter how good looking they make the car, the familiarity of so many on the roads dulls the looks very quickly.

Not that I'm sugesting they should make it ugly though!

16 July 2012

What a grotesque front end! This looks awful to me.

16 July 2012

The build quality looks a bit iffy!

Mismatched paint on the bumpers, mismatched door handles front to rear and the headlights are held on with duck tape! Blum 3

 

17 July 2012

I think it's very elegant. Wouldn't buy one for depreciation and sheer size though. Current 5 series I have is too long for most car parking spaces, and Mondeo is about the same size.

17 July 2012

From what I understand, the Mark 1 Mondeo was introduced in 1993 to replace the infamous "jelly mould" Ford (a.k.a. the Sierra), though it looked like a rather bland throwback to the 70s Cortina ... This variant lastest a mere 3 years before the Mark 2 arrived in 1996, with its 'dramatic' sabre headlights ... 4 years later and the Mark 3 arrived with a toned down but reasonably fresh look that survived until 2007 and the Mark 4 (the "Bond" car), all cool and trendy ... So, the Aston Martin look-a-likey we have here is actually the Mark 5 ... Sorry, Autocar ... 

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