• Jan 19, 2010
Ford is reportedly preparing to launch a subtle facelift for its European-market Mondeo sedan, but according to reports, this will be the last Mondeo revision before the new model – Ford's third new global product – hits the streets in 2014.

The interim Mondeo, pictured in the leaked photo on the right, will receive some minor adjustments to its appearance and specifications in an effort to keep it fresh, like the new Galaxy and S-Max minivans, until the new model arrives.

The next-gen Mondeo, however, will join the Fiesta and the new Focus as Ford's third new global car, replacing the Mondeo overseas and the Fusion in the North American market. According to reports, the new Mondeo/Fusion is being developed in the United States for expected simultaneous manufacturing – with few adjustments to local tastes – in the U.S., Europe and China.

[Sources: Autocar, BurlappCars.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford should a platform flexible/good enough to handle US, European and other market suspension tuning. Europe gets a firmer one, while America gets the softer version. They can use the Mondeo name in Europe and call the Contour or Taurus in USA.(If they decide to use the Falcon as their full-sizer throughout the globe.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current Fusion will be around until 2014? That's too long. It's already an aged design and needs a new look. If it was 2011 or 2012 that would be much better to continue it's success.

      Similar to the 00' Focus, Ford thinks it can rest on the laurels of a single design template for 10 years...that's not the case.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @The_Zachalope BMW and Merc can afford to keep the cars for a longer run because they are successful, good cars. Ford needs to make its switch to the global/Ford Europe designed stuff ASAP in order to get the cars here that people will actually want to purchase, they just take too damn long.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current Fusion was new for 2010 and is due for a new power train within the next couple of model years. Whaddaya want? A refresh every year?

        As far as looks. I think that the Fusion looks great. I think it looks better than the pictures of the Mondeo, though I don't think that I have seen one of those in person. If any car looks more like a generic Japanese car, IMO it would be the Mondeo.

        The only thing keeping me from buying a Fusion is the lack of manual transmission with the premium engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the current Fusion is an excellent midsize sedan, and modern enough to last till 2014, probably with one more minor facelift around 2012. It drives and handles well, fuel efficient, very reliable, MTCOTY 2010, attractive/aggressive styling. Remember, the segment leading camry goes years between redesigns and is as plain as vanilla, yet sill sells by the boatload. However, I am still very excited to see the new Mondeo in 2014.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You realize that BMW has had the same platform/design for the 3 series since '05 with no plans to update it until 2012 (7 year run). Mercedes has had the 5th Gen. SL since '01 and hasn't drastically changed the car. And the Prius has had the same design and platform since '04.

        What requires a car to urgently need a new platform/design?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, plans have it arriving as a late 2013MY (late 2012) or early 2014MY (very early 2013) model.

        The currently new-for-2010 Fusion is due to get powertrain and likely some interior upgrades before then based on the speculation I've heard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Launched for the 2006 model year, the Fusion received significant front and rear changes for 2010. It's still the same basic car from 2006, the 2010 is. The Focus is also significantly different from the early 00s Foci, but it's the same basic car. The profile view is pretty much identical. So yes, 2014 is too far into the future for a 2006 design to stick around, considering it came out in 2005. 8 years?! 6 is too much, but 8 is ancient.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Nozferat: Clearly, you are ignorant of the Ford model line in North America. Otherwise, instead of your verbal diarrhea, you would have realized that the Fusion, Taurus, and Mustang are all quite decent looking cars (that sell very well no less) wholly designed and developed in the USA.

      @Wombert: We are not talking about Buick here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will Ford offer the car in different stretches for different markets? As far as I saw (in-person), the current Mondeo is smaller than the current Fusion, which is already at the smaller end of the USDM midsize spectrum. Euro-market midsize is more akin to the TSX, old Mazda6, rather than the (bloated) Camry and Accord.

      I'm betting the car won't be completely interchangeable between markets because of this - we'll only get the 'L' model (~110" wheelbase, ~195" length), while Euro/Asian markets will get the shorter version (~105" wheelbase, ~190" length). Similar to what's being done between the current Euro Mazda 6 vs US Mazda 6.

      That's not to say I wouldn't want USDM midsize (and all size classes) to shrink back down to reasonable levels - but something's odd when my parents' Avalon is dwarfed by the new Accord - if we keep going we'll have Scions the size of condos and Minis the size of first-gen RAV4s...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess I stand corrected - but that still feels odd. What Ford UK's specs are telling me is that the Mondeo is taller, wider, and has a longer wheelbase than the US big boy, the Accord. As for length, the Accord only shades it by under three and a half inches (I'm gonna shoot down the 'your mom' jokes right here...).

        If these measurements are all done the same way, then Ford doesn't have to worry about upsizing for American tastes... but rather making sure a new Mondeo/Fusion doesn't step on the Taurus' toes.

        Oh, btw, 'Fusion' is apparently already a compact MPV of sorts in Europe, so no exporting that name outside of the States.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First off, the size difference between U.S. midsizers and European large
        family cars is largely a thing of the past. The Mondeo, Insignia, and Citroën C5 all grew to about the same size as the Malibu and Fusion.

        Second, Mondeo is just too oddly sounding to work in the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure the Mondeo is bigger than the current US Fusion (I was in the states in the summer).

        Looking at the figures, the Mondeo has a 2850mm (112 inches) wheelbase, compared to a 107 inch wheelbase on the Fusion, and is slightly wider (74 inches versus 72 inches - both without mirrors)

        Regarding an earlier comment about changing the name in Europe to Fusion. That simply can't happen, Ford launched a taller, boxier Fiesta variant called the Fusion here a few years ago. Thankfully it was short-lived!

        Lastly, there's no particular reason they couldn't use the Mondeo name in the US. It didn't have any brand recognition here when it was launched (it was a completely new name) and was still the top selling car in the UK for the majority of the 90s.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really hope that they keep the Fusion name plate for N.A. It has gained great brand recongition and has proved to be a reliable car that people know. Otherwise I think it will be good to have the two midsize cars on the same platform. Hoping for a RWD Falcon replacment for next gen Taurus!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Developed in the United States? Uh oh.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They'll only release it in one colour, chrome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why are some of the douchebags here on this forum voting down Wombert? He's absolutely right...every single decent looking car Ford has right now is from Ford Europe.

        Get your heads out of your a$$es and acknowledge the fact that Ford Europe is pulling Ford America out of it's own rectum. You can thank Ford Europe for bringing the new Mondea, Focus, Fiesta, and whatever else that Ford is downsizing to.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Chrome? Wouldn't that be in Saudi Arabia?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I sure hope that they lean closer to the Mondeo than the Fusion for the replacement. I was just in Dublin recently and saw a ton of them. That is a truly nice looking car. I thought it was better than the fusion in pictures, but in person it is better than I imagined. It has a bit of entry-level luxury to it and looks much less dated than the Fusion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see which route Ford takes with the next redesign. The Mondeo follows an Accord philosphy, a fairly large car with sculptured design elements making it appear and drive smaller but when you see it in person it is actually quite big. The Fusion seems to follow American styling design of being a bit more upright and boxy and showing off its presence rather than hiding it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder whether they will retain the Fusion name for the American market or will they call it Mondeo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They'll probably keep the Fusion name. They should have kept the Mondeo name when they brought it to the US the first time - as the Contour (yes, I still drive my '95 Contour V6 and enjoy its combination of fun and practicality).

        All that said, it's still obvious to me that Ford should have used the obvious, historically-correct name for this model: Fairlane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the name "Mondeo" is great for a world car (since it means "global").

        Didn't Ford expressly state at one point last year that it could never afford to sell the same Mondeo here as in Europe, unless it was stripped down to the bones (of all the niceties inside)?

        • 4 Years Ago
        Given the success of the Fusion name, i'm guessing they will keep it. At the same time the Mondeo is an immensely popular car in Europe so I doubt it'll be renamed the Fusion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shame that when the Mondeo debuted it was one of Ford's first world cars. Remember the Contour? Yeah, same car at the time. They ditched the Contour when the Mondeo grew in size and the only reasoning I can think of was they were afraid it would eat into Taurus sales.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I owned a '97 Contour for 10 years and it was a great car but Ford effectively killed it by never advertising it. At the time they were trying to get the Taurus to outsell the Accord.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford has blown that "First World Car" trumpet so many times now, they're beginning to sound like Drew Barrymore on 50 First Dates. I can still remember that First World Car tripe with the introduction of the 1980 Ford Escort. I'm sure it wasn't the first time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would gladly make a Mondeo or Falcon my first Ford. Instead, Ford makes crap for the states. At least until 2014...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I do not think mondeo would do any better than Fusion in US."

        and just what do you know about the US auto market, besides nothing?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Fusion was Ford's only competative car in the non-suv market since the First Taurus. The Fusion is truly a great car, worth a look if shopping in the segment, I'm really looking forward to the next step for Ford.
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