These are the first pictures of the facelifted Ford Mondeo testing.
The car does not look substantially different from the current model, and the liklihood is that Ford is testing front-end revisions only, hence the heavy disguise in that area.
With revised, cleaner engines expected to be the biggest chaenge to the fourth generation Mondeo range, Ford has to test cooling and other functions of the units, and adapt the car to the new engines' weight and positioning.
Minor styling tweaks are also expected, bringing the Mondeo in line with more modern interpretations of its kinetic design language, such as the Kuga and Fiesta, as is a revised interior - an area Ford is known to believe it can make substantial strides in.
The fourth generation Ford Mondeo was launched in 2006, and the facelifted Mondeo is mooted for launch at next March's Geneva motor show.