Ford is currently testing the 2013 Ford Mondeo in Southern Europe, that in US will be launched in the autumn under the name Fusion. Just like the Fiesta, Focus and Kuga, the new Mondeo is a global car and will be sold unchanged globally. New Ford Mondeo will go on sale in the UK next March and is expected to match the current model’s pricing.
Ford has big plans for the new Mondeo as it plans to sell 1 million units every year by 2014.
Seen as a saloon here, the new Mondeo will be available also as hatch and estate. There are even rumours about a four-door coupe.
Under the bonnet a wide range of petrol and diesel engines will be offered, including 1.6 and 2.0-litre turbo EcoBoost petrol engines, with stop-start technology. For diesel fans there will be new 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDCi engines. Both six-speed manual and paddleshift SelectShift automatic gearboxes will be available. A four-wheel drive and a hybrid version are also very likely planned.
Even though new Mondeo is a global car it will see some market specific modifications. In this case we can see modified turning signals on the headlamps compared to the US spec Fusion. Also it will feature re-tuned suspension adapted for European roads.
Ford has also confirmed that its inflatable rear seatbelt (a combination of an airbag and a conventional seatbelt) will make its European debut on the new Mondeo.