Ford has decided to combine the American market Fusion model and the global Mondeo model into a single model. A few days after the Fusion was released at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, here we have the first official photos of the pre-production 2013 European Ford Mondeo.
Like the Fusion, the new Mondeo sports an Aston Martin-like front grille that looks to swallow up competitors such as the Passat and Insignia. The European model differentiates itself from its American counterpart with a slightly different headlamp assembly and a body-coloured rear bumper trim. I particularly like the ducktail-like boot which bears shades of the Lamborghini Aventador.
In Europe, the all new Mondeo will be offered with the 1.6L and 2.0L EcoBoost turbocharged petrols along with a range of diesel units. In the US, the 1.6L and 2.0L petrol versions produce 179bhp/233Nm and 237bhp/338Nm respectively. The Mondeoís power figures should not be far off from those. The power plants should be mated to the familiar 6-speed dual clutch Powershift transmission which is fitted to the existing Mondeo. Ford did not mention about the availability of hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the Mondeo in Europe.
The new Mondeo sedan will be introduced in the European markets in the first quarter of 2013.
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