The Ford Mondeo will be replaced in the summer of 2007. And the new model, codenamed CD345, will be a vastly different proposition to today’s conservative four-year-old, with a new emphasis on styling, performance, dynamics, gadgets and quality.
A secret Ford document seen by Autocar spills the beans on the Mondeo project and reveals that it will be part of a new family of big Fords that includes the next Galaxy and other spin-offs.
Conventional four-door saloon, five-door hatchback and five-door estates will once again form the backbone of the new Mondeo line-up, which will be sold across Europe and selected Asian markets, including China.
Also under consideration is a lightweight off-roader. Conceived along the lines of the Volvo XC70, with a rugged exterior, four-wheel drive and raised ride height, it is known internally as the MAC (Multi Activity Combi) and is tentatively planned for launch in winter ’08.
Our detailed document outlines plans that will see the third-generation Mondeo ditch its current underpinnings, which date back to 1993, for a modified version of the new C1 platform structure used by the new Focus C-Max.
Together with standard front-wheel drive, it will also be offered with four-wheel drive – a rare treat in a class of front-drivers such as the Vectra, 407, Laguna and Passat.
Known internally as C1-plus, the versatile underpinnings use McPherson strut (front) and multi-link (rear) suspension. Two different versions, one with conventional seating and the other with a raised seating arrangement similar to the Focus C-Max’s, are underway. Models using the latter will share a common inner body structure ahead of the B-pillar to further reduce costs. With three years to go until the Mondeo is due to reach showrooms, many details are still undecided – including the styling, which is set to progress from today’s conservative shape towards a more contemporary appearance, according to internal sources at the company’s Cologne-based styling studio.