Front end disguise hints at new, cleaner engine range
10 September 2009

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.

See the Ford Mondeo spy picture gallery

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.

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10 September 2009

No matter how good people say the Mondeo is to drive I still do not like the design. It looks to big, heavy and with tiny wheels it looks awful, the interior has a cheap feel to it like all fords do, and it does not fee like a quality product. I doubt the face lift will change any of this...

10 September 2009

PLEASE Ford!, don't adopt that horrible mobile phone infotainment console, it awful, it's one resason why my wife didn't by a Fiesta!,if there had been options to change the chrome round the system, say carbon effect or fascia matching my wouldn't be driving a Seat Ibiza right now, so please, please think about the centre console/info tainment!

Peter Cavellini.

10 September 2009

How come this is the fourth generation of Mondeo?

10 September 2009

[quote JackB]How come this is the fourth generation of Mondeo?[/quote]

I think it is because the face lift of the Mk1 was such an extensive rework (externally anyway) that Ford considered it a new shape.

As for this face lift I hope Ford improves the quality. The quality of the one I had was shocking. Shame because it had alot going for it in many areas. I'm almost tempted to have another so that I can experience the good bits without (hopefully!) all of the problems.

11 September 2009

That would mean, currently Ford sell third generation Focus, right? I'm not sure we should take such marketing speak too seriously - talking about 'fourth generation Mondeo' is plain ridiculous.

11 September 2009

Oh dear - yet another Autocar non-story! NEW Mondeo? As in new grille texture? Or lights? Or (hold the front page) spoiler?

12 September 2009

We've had a Mk1, a Mk1 with a facelift, a Mk2 so the current one is the Mk3 surely.

12 September 2009

[quote blowerbentley]We've had a Mk1, a Mk1 with a facelift, a Mk2 so the current one is the Mk3 surely.[/quote]

Logic would suggest that you are correct but I think that Ford refered to the face left MK1 as the MK2.

12 September 2009

I had 2 mk 2 (mk1 facelifts ST24 & ST200) and was happy with them, I had 3 mk 3 previous generation Ghia X petrol 2.0, ST220, and Ghia X TDCI) and was very happy with them, I saw the IOSIS concept at the Frankfurt motor show and immediately wanted one. I then saw and test drove a current generation, whilst it was a very nice drive, it was a let down style wise compared to the IOSIS, and the interior looked OK, it was however a bit cheap and tacky and not a massive leap in quality that was promised, technology wise yes but build wise not a bit. I didnt buy one My wife wanted a new Fiesta,(had had a previous gen Zetec, and a Focus) until she sat in one, felt cheap and the mobile phone/infotainment centre console was very plasticky in feel even compared to her old fiesta (bought a 207 GT, didnt feel as cheap). It now look like the info centre console has spread to the new C MAX, I will have to wait and see if the quality has improved to the extent that Ford are saying it has, before I make my own mind up, but I am not holding my breath. If it has as mentioned been carried over to the Mondeo, I will not be interested. Sorry Ford, not good enough IMO.

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