Ford is currently working on the new Mondeo, we should be ready to hit European showrooms by the end of 2013. Our photographers spotted this lightly cammoed mule while testing on the evocative roads of the European Alps. The Mondeo will in many ways be like the US model Fusion, with a number of smaller changes such as a different headlight layout and newly designed bumpers. In the comparison with its North American couterpart, the Mondeo will also differ on engine options and interior parts.
Ford is at the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas with three very significant models: the new Fusion, the Focus Electric and the Evos Concept. The new Ford Fusion - revealed just a few days ago at the 2012 NAIAS - is a prime example of the ‘One Ford’ global strategy that the Blue Oval has adopted as its business policy: the car has been developed on the same platform that will also generate the Mondeo (Ford Fusion’s European twin) and Lincoln MKZ, an operation that rationalizes and optimizes the costs but not to the detriment of the quality of the models. Accordingly to CarScoop website, the implementation of this policy is going even faster than what Ford expected: originally, the carmaker was aiming at reducing its total number of platforms to 11 units by 2014, but apparently they will be able to go down to just 9 platforms by the end of 2013. The move will allow Ford to produce 85% of its global output with these 9 architectures only, with positive effects for both its finances and the overall quality of the vehicles.
The Ford Fusion is clearly inspired by the Evos concept - which was introduced to the world at the last Frankfurt Motor Show - and represents an evolution of the stylistic language known as Kinetic Design. Measuring 4.50 meters in length, 1.97 in width and 1.36 in height, the model boasts a pretty sleek figure that shows how the carmaker is trying to adapt to the rules of a globalized marketplace, rather than trying to adjust to the requirements of a single area. This is also the reason why the new Ford Mondeo will basically turn out to be a mere ‘clone’ of the Fusion: this will allow for a more organic development of just one model, as opposed to do that for two utterly different cars.
The Evos had introduced a new design pattern for the front end, dominated by a large grille that we find quite reminiscent of the typical Aston Martin styling, and that has been adopted - among others - by the Focus Electric as well. This environment-friendly version of the popular hatchback is expected to make its debut on the market by 2013 and is powered by an electric motor delivering 125 hp with 245 Nm of peak torque, fed by a ion-lithium battery package (courtesy of LG-Chem) located at the back of the vehicle. However, none of what has been written so far in this article explains in full why Ford Motor Co. is at one of the most important electronic fairs of the planet: to find that out, click on the ‘Continue reading’ link below.
View the full Ford at the 2012 CES photo gallery
The new Ford Fusion is definitely one of the brightest stars at the 2012 NAIAS, and we have thoroughly covered the various steps that led to its official unveiling with our previous posts: we had seen its early incarnation in the Evos Concept at the last Frankfurt Motor Show, we published the spy shots, then the first leaked images on the internet and, today, the official photo gallery as well as the Press Release. Now we have a photo report of its actual unveiling, which has taken place today in Detroit, and a video shot there by our friends from Autoblog.it.
The new Ford Fusion represents yet another step forward in the implementation of the “One Ford” policy, the global strategy that the Blue Oval is putting into effect and that led to the release of identical Fiesta and Focus models on both sides of the Atlantic. Thereby, the new Fusion and its European counterpart, the Mondeo, are no longer going to bear just a very good likeness, they are going to be identical twins. This is the reason why the new Fusion is so interesting for the motorists living on this side of the pond: the new Mondeo should be introduced to the world within a couple of months, but we already know that it is going to be the same car, with just a different moniker.
However, one thing that might end up being different between the two models is the engine range. At the moment there are no news in regard to the European line up, but we know that the Fusion will initially take on the North American market with three engine options: a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder unit delivering 170 hp, a 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit delivering 179 hp and a 2.0 EcoBoost producing 237 hp, with the all-wheel drive configuration available only for the 2.0 engine. These are good cues for sure.
View the full Ford Fusion/Mondeo official unveiling at the 2012 NAIAS photo gallery
Just hours before its unveiling at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit - and in the wake of the two leaked images we published yesterday - Ford releases a massive photo gallery and the official press release of the new Ford Fusion, the model known as ‘Mondeo’ in Europe. As we noticed when the first leaks came out, the model is indeed quite reminiscent of the Ford Evos concept we had admired in Frankfurt a few months back, with its Aston Martin-ish front end and its sporty rear end. The Ford Fusion model year 2013 will come with a range of petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains that covers any kind of demand. The engine options initially available will be a naturally aspirated 170 hp 2.5-litre 4-cylinder unit, a 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit delivering 179 hp and a 2.0 EcoBoost producing 237 hp, with all-wheel drive configuration available only for the latter. As for the transmission, both the 2.5 and 1.6 will get a 6-speed automatic gearbox - although a manual option will also be made available for the latter - while the 2.0 will be coupled to a SelectShift 6-speed automatic.
By the time the new Fusion will hit the showrooms next fall, a 185 hp hybrid version will join the fold with a 2.0 litre petrol engine based on the 2.5-litre unit of the current Fusion Hybrid. Ford says that this version will be able to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) using electric power only, claiming an average fuel consumption of 5 l/100km. A plug-in hybrid version of the model called Fusion Energi will then become available at a later time, boasting a total range of 800 km which would make it as thirsty as a Toyota Prius.
The 2013 Ford Fusion will come with all sorts of electronic functions and devices that you might expect in a car of its class. Lane keeping system, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, start-stop technology and blind spot information system are all parts of the package. The passenger compartment is modern and elegant, offers several options for its customization and uses the latest version of the MyFordTouch info-tainment system, which allows drivers to control all the functions of the vehicle by a touch screen or through vocal commands. As for yet, no word on pricing. To know more about the 2013 Ford Fusion/Mondeo, check out the official Press Release after the jump.
View the full 2013 Ford Fusion photo gallery
Czech website Auto Forum has published a couple of images of the 2013 Ford Fusion just hours ahead of its official unveiling at the North American international Auto Show, that will open its doors to the press tomorrow. The new mid-sized Sedan from the American carmaker (sold in Europe as ‘Mondeo’). The images are a little grainy, but nonetheless they provide us with a decent view of the car’s front side. The new Mondeo turn out to be quite similar to the Ford Evos concept we had seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few months ago, especially in such details as the shape of both grille and headlights as well as the general layout of the front end. This is all we can say for now, but we will definitely know more about the new Fusion by this time tomorrow.
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Mules of the upcoming 2013 Ford Mondeo/Fusion in sedan form have already been spotted before, but now we can see also the wagon version of the car, caught by photografers while being tested in the snowy Alps. The design for the Mondeo/Fusion is said to be inspired by the Ford Evos Concept on display at the recent 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, but to see the end result we will probably have to wait until the second half of 2012, when it will be officially launched.
In Europe the wagon variation of the Mondeo was a success - it is in fact the most sold version of the whole Mondeo line - but at the moment it is not clear whether the wagon version of the Fusion (Mondeo’s American counterpart) will eventually be marketed in the US. Rumor has it that there will be a Hybrid version too, which will be unveiled shortly after the official debut.
View the full Ford Mondeo Wagon photo gallery