• May 27, 2010
The Ford Mondeo is due for a mid-cycle refresh for the 2011 model year and all signs point to a debut at the Paris Motor Show this September. But ahead of its big reveal, spy photographers have caught the new Mondeo out in the open, and while the basic shape hasn't changed, there's something far more interesting under the hood.
The major stylistic upgrades are up front, where the Mondeo's fascia picks up a few cues from the Fiesta and the 2012 Focus, including a larger lower grille and slimmer upper section. The front foglamps have been re-shaped and a strip of LED running lamps tie the design into Ford's B-segment hatch.

At the back, the tailgate gets a subtle re-shaping above the license plate pocket and it appears the lights have been modified under the camo tape. The most important changes will be in the engine compartment, where the Mondeo will get the new 2.0-liter Ecoboost inline-four and the Powershift dual-clutch transmission. Expect all the details to be revealed shortly ahead of the Paris show this fall.

[Source: Secret New Cars]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I was hoping that someone would finally greenlight bringing the mondeo station wagon to the US. But it looks like I'll be leaning toward the possible Buick Regal wagon that seems like it may happen here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not that great looking, but the 2L sounds nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like Secret New Cars is the place to be. They always have the scoop before this place does...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds awesome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No it doesn't. It sounds good. A Mondeo is never awesome - it's just 'good'.

        The Mondeo is kind of like the Camry of Europe. It doesn't drive anybody wild, but you'd be hard-pressed to find something really wrong on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        2.0T? DSG? Awesome combo, I've been enjoying it for five years now, the more people who get to experience a never ending plateau of power/torque in their daily drivers the better. I'm so glad most of the american automakers have move past just a decade ago when gutless big displacement v6s seemed to bolster most of their entry models. Progress FTW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know, I've heard Jeremy Clarkson compare it favorably to the 3-Series, and iirc in a track test a few years back it beat all sorts of sports sedans excluding the aforementioned 3-Series.

        I don't think you can say the same about the Camry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh and I was not even referring to 'Clacson', for obvious reasons like Ford+Brits/TopGear. :)
        On the other hand, the wood-imitation used in Mondeo is famous for how terrible it is. (Probably worst I have ever seen, and that comes from a Ford fan.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Nico: B/S. Mondeo has been always praised for its awesome chassis, many have compared the driving experience to BMW's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Full specs of the Ecoboost Mondeo have been on Ford's website for about a month. How is this news?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would be a nice new /Mercury Mystique.
      • 4 Years Ago
      they keep mentioning the ecoboost 4-cylinder, but yet have never said what kind of power or mpg's it makes... makes me wonder if they even know! another thing that makes me wonder... since the ford edge is getting a new engine choice and a power boost on the other, will the taurus see similar changes... the 3.5 in the edge wil get a boost in power by 20-hp, making it 285 and the torque moves slightly to 253 from 250... and the other engine ,which is only on the sport, is the 3.7 which goes from 273 to 305-hp and the torque goes up by 10 to 280... which also makes me wonder if the ecoboost 3.5 will receive a power increase because the non-boosted one is...
        • 4 Years Ago
        280 hp 280 ftlbs torque and speculated 30 mpgs ( US ) in the upcoming explorer, which will be heavier and less aero.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        149 kW, 300 Nm (sorry for using proper units ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to agree LS, but ford hasnt been one to overpromise and underdeliver, and the 3.5 right now is rated at 25mpgs in the Edge, so hey, is 5 mpgs a stretch...we shall see......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like a great combo. A very suitable high performance (for Europe) setup. Should go like hotcakes there. Similar setup in US likely would be less appreciated since Americans think 270HP isn't enough for sport version of a vehicle like this and the engine will likely be too pricey for a run-of-the-mill model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a little mistake in that story:
      The LED strips in the bumper are day time running lights.
      The fog lamps are below the LED's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2.0 EB in Focus...NOW!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd probably choose a 3.5-3.7 V6 with the dual-clutch gearbox.... and AWD, if they'd offer it... but I can see the appeal of a 2.0T.

      With the 5-th door hatchback, please. (which Ford doesn't sell in the US.)

      WHY ISN'T THIS A MERCURY????????????

      Ford could SAVE mercury with products like this, different than Ford-brand.

      Mercury doesn't need to be killed.

      They could also do a 5-door rear-drive S197-based sport sedan, with V6 and V8 power, if they wanted.... and a 3-door coupe to go along with it, and be an alternative to Mustang, as Capri and Cougar previously were.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Another big Ford hatch fan here - Fox body, Merkur XR4Ti, and a ZX3. Can't overemphasize the utility of a hatch. (Though I did settle for an SVT Contour as well, nay the hatch!)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have owned two hatchback Fords. A Fox Mustang, and a 93 Probe GT.

        Ford builds NOTHING like that anymore, and we can't even get the Mazda 6 5-door anymore.

        Have you ever tried to get a simple power miter-saw, in it's box, through a small trunk lid? You'd be surprised that some things that should fit, are just inches too big for the narrow opening, but would fit fine in the trunk's volume, if the opening weren't the obstacle... like if the opening were larger like even a sleek hatchback.

        So, hell yes, I want nice, sleek raked hatchbacks that don't look like a shrunken van. (like a boxy hatch-back...) They make good sense, but yet again, good sense doesn't seem to apply or catch on anymore.

        Why do you think that otherwise hideous, oxy-moronic gargantuan SUV-sized vehicles like Honda Crosstour/Acura VDX, and BMW X6/5-GT have hatchbacks, yet we can't get cars like Mondeo or A5 Sportback that look like NICE cars with hatchbacks...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because Mercury is dead...
        • 4 Years Ago
        lets get a pettition going to get a 4 door Mustang (i don't care what they name it) and see if Ford would do it

        I would love to see that especially now that the Mustang is a real contender for sport car handling

        boy imagine wwhat a 4-door Mustang would do to sales for Ford - a 328 competitor for $25k adn a 335i killer GT with the 5.0L V8 for about $32k

        Ford please do this, please - i'll sign up for one right now
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think your unrealistic in hoping for all the hatchback versions of everything, but I agree...

        Hopefully if ford ever DOES do a mustang-based car with more than 2 doors, that it would not be retro styled and that it would be an affordable ford, not a mercury/lincoln/etc.
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