• Sep 23rd 2006 at 1:46PM
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So, next week in Paris, Ford's showing off the new Mondeo "Concept." Listen, we all know that it's just a thinly disguised version of the new Mondeo, and now, thanks to our amigos at Autoblog Spanish, we bring you shots of the 2007 Mondeo in production trim, as spied in the Bahamas and posted at FordEurope.net.

Judging from the photo that shows the new Mondeo being filmed by a camera truck (and the Daniel Craig look-alike behind the wheel), this appers to be the same car we'll see James Bond drive in Casino Royale.

All this does is make us wish we had the Mondeo instead of the Fusion. The Fusion's a nice-looking car, but the Mondeo bests it in just about every way, with flashier styling (in and out, if the Paris concept's cabin is an accurate indication) and nice exterior details. Take the rear diffuser, for example. While it's there for appearances mostly, a close look shows that it helps hide the ever-ugly reverse sensors that normally muck up a car's rear bumper. And look at the snazzy front end and wheels, which are almost ripped directly from the Iosis concept.

All that and it'll be available as a very sporty-looking wagon, something Ford shoppers don't have on the menu right now unless they go for the Freestyle -- not exactly a style leader, competent though it may be.

In other news, the spectacular oceanic backdrop in these photos makes us really wish we were in the Bahamas right about now...

[Source: FordEurope.net via Autoblog Spanish (translated)]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      #22 the Euro price includes the Value Added Tax that all European countries charge and that inflated the price. Subract at least 15% from the price. Besides, if Ford built it in Mexico it wouldn't cost as much.

      Hey, since they are going to sell it in Mexico, and since Mexicans can just cross our the border and not leave, maybe I could just buy one, drive it across the border and keep it! Might have to buy a house in Mexico to keep it registered....
      • 9 Years Ago
      This should actually be a Mercury Mondeo as stated earlier....what a great design theme for Mercury...Upscale, classy, and not just another Ford rip-off. Come on Ford, give Mercury a purpose to live!!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is it just me or this Ford looks too "French", that is it looks as if it were designed by Peugeot or Renault?

      Not necessarily a bad thing, but there is no design continuity from the current Mondeo which is not a bad looking car.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This car is beaitiful! We all need to tell Ford to bring this design theme over instead of the gimicky 3-bar grill design. This is much more elegant and upscale! I love it!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice car, why can't we get these cars in the US.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I love the new design. I just wish Ford would sell them in Canada.

      • 9 Years Ago
      I think that you guys are unfair to Fusion. It is beautiful car; it's only that you got used to meet it quite often.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice looking car, for the most part. I see some saab, audi, and mazda6 in the lines, but the grill is way too much focus. maybe they're starting to figure it out...
      • 9 Years Ago
      You can make a lot of valid logical points about why it would be hard for Ford to bring over their European lineup to North America.

      But the bottom-line simply is - if Ford does not bring their European lineup over to NA, then they actually DESERVE to be in the situation they are in.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Bringing this car to the US is the first step to Ford’s big turn around. It alone is not enough but combined with other fresh new products it could conceivably be enough to put the company in a good position. The Mondeo (replacing to Focus, 500 and Fusion) in a wagon, coupe, convertible, SVT form, a faster Mustang (GT500KR), a new crisp looking minivan, a sharper ford Explorer, a spunky roadster (Mazda or Ford), a sportier sleeker Volvo line, a lavish Jaguar fleet complete with SUV, upscale Mercury versions of the Mondeo and Explorer and a completely new Lincoln line starting with the MKZ and finishing with a better looking Navigator. It is long winded but it must be done.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah guys you may think you all are going to buy this car (and truly its very nice) but are you ready to pay the price we do it would be ca 27 k and you could get nice acura for this money already!
      • 9 Years Ago
      FOrd, Look at who is making money. Ford Europe is doing what Ford NA Has got to do. Dump the junk and get with the European concepts. $3.00 gas is here to stay, once China and India start using more fuel. Its just plain economics. We don't need 5+ liter engines in our vehicles anymore!
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