Ford showed the world its all-new Mondeo in Amsterdam today, alerting Europeans that a new "flagship" for the Blue Oval brand has arrived. The new Ford, a lookalike of the Fusion model available here in the United States, makes its European debut with flavors of powertrain and body style that will be unique to its target market.

First and foremost (to our car-geek eyes) is the five-door wagon variant that you see here. The Mondeo wagon retains the angular front-third from the sedan version, but tacks a rather long and useful-looking cargo space on to the back of the vehicle. The result, at least from some vantage points, isn't the most elegant load-lugger we've yet seen, but it is certainly prepared handle small-family needs in a way that a sedan just can't match.

The Mondeo will be available with Ford's 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine, as well as with a hybrid-electric powertrain making use of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor. The HEV powerplant is the first such for a European Ford product, and will be available on the sedan only, to start. The company states that Mondeo will see a diesel-powered, all-wheels-driven version for the first time ever, though no timing is offered for this model.

Other niceties like SYNC, MyFord Touch, a panoramic roof and adaptive LED headlights will be available, too, causing Ford reps to gush that this Mondeo is "the most premium" model they've offered to date.

If Ford were to offer a Fusion wagon here in the U.S., ladies and gentlemen, this is what it would look like. Sadly, as ever, the wagon is a Euro-only treat. That said, cast your vote in our poll below and let us know if you'd actually buy a Fusion wagon if Ford were to ever offer one in the States.


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Ford Unveils All-New Mondeo; Flagship Delivers Premium Design, Cutting-Edge Tech and 1.0-litre EcoBoost Engine

- All-new Mondeo makes world debut; striking silhouette informed by new global design language. Driver-focused interior delivers superior craftsmanship, advanced ergonomics and quality materials that rival premium competitors

- Available equipped with award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, all-new Mondeo is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy. Five-door, wagon and four-door variants offered, the latter available as first-in-class petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle

- All-new Mondeo is first model built on Ford's new global CD-segment platform to deliver more driver-focussed, dynamic performance. All-wheel drive diesel powertrain and retractable panoramic roof offered for the first time; as well as segment-first adaptive full LED headlamps

- Segment-first Ford SYNC with MyFord Touch equips all-new Mondeo with an eight-inch colour touchscreen, more voice-control, more connectivity features and a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 6, 2012 – Ford today debuted the stylish all-new global Mondeo at its "Go Further" brand event, to reveal a sleek design and new levels of premium-level interior craftsmanship.

Built on Ford's global CD-segment platform, the refined new version of the Ford flagship will be available as a five-door and wagon – uniquely developed for Europe – as well as a four-door that will also be offered as segment-first petrol Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV).

It will be the first car in its segment equipped with a 1.0-litre powertrain, the 2012 "International Engine of the Year" 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, to deliver expected best-in-class fuel economy.

"This is the most premium Mondeo we've ever built and the most premium vehicle Ford's loyal European customers have ever been offered," said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe. "It raises the bar in its segment in terms of style, technology and quality."

Ford's new global design language informs the all-new Mondeo's refined, elegant, sporty and highly expressive exterior. The low roofline enhances the sports coupe profile while retaining a spacious and practical interior, and incorporates a retractable panoramic glass roof for the wagon bodystyle.

The lean side-profile is sculpted to convey "visual lightness", while the sophisticated and technical front end design features Ford's new, more prominent trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and segment-first adaptive, full LED headlamps.

Mondeo is the first Ford to feature headlamps with LED high-beam, low-beam and signal lighting. Quicker to illuminate, more durable and more energy-efficient than traditional filament bulb headlamps, the all-new Mondeo's LED headlamps turn with the steering and adapt beam projection to vehicle speed – providing a greater depth of illumination at high speeds and a wider field of vision at slower speeds.

The interior delivers unprecedented levels of ergonomics and comfort, with superior craftsmanship throughout the driver-focused cockpit. Soft-touch materials, premium finishes and equipment contribute to the most premium Mondeo experience ever.

The all-new four-door Mondeo HEV is Ford's first hybrid passenger car for Europe, and combines a specially-developed 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 35kW lithium-ion battery to provide high fuel economy and low CO2 emissions. For the first time on Mondeo, a diesel all-wheel drive variant will be offered, delivering superior traction, performance and handling.

Mondeo will also offer segment-first SYNC with MyFord Touch a voice-activated in-car connectivity system that delivers an eight-inch colour touchscreen and the ability to act as a WiFi hotspot for up to five devices.

SYNC with MyFord Touch will enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while controlling phone and media player functions from connected devices, as well as the vehicle's climate control, radio and CD-player, and navigation system, using voice commands.

All new Mondeo also delivers the European debut of Ford's rear inflatable seatbelts. These are designed to reduce head, neck and chest injuries for rear-seat passengers. In the event of an accident the belt rapidly expands to disperse crash forces across a body area five times greater than that achieved by a conventional seatbelt.


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      askroon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never mind the wagon... I want that beautiful 5 door!
        ACURA23CL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @askroon
        Ummm...I think the "wagon" they're referring to IS the "five-door" you're referring to.
          KCyclone
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ACURA23CL
          The 5 door is the hatchback (red one with rear wiper). And I agree with the others, hatchback sedans are fantastic ideas!
      MotionDesigner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish there was a 4th option on the poll for an AWD Fusion Wagon. I'd vote for that.
      Wills
      • 2 Years Ago
      My biggest question.... why doesn't the Fusion get the LED headlamps!?
        Bri
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wills
        .... next to last paragraph above. LED headlights will be available.
          Wills
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bri
          yes... very good. This is the Mondeo though :) I am referring to the Fusion. State side... LEDs are not an option! Car looks great though.
          EXP Jawa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bri
          Do they comply with DOT regulations in the US? If not, that would be the biggest issue regarding offering them here. The USA has a long and proud history of implimenting substandard lighting regulations. Why stop now?
      Edward
      • 2 Years Ago
      Perhaps they remember the similar size Mazda6 wagon, which sold only 16k in 4 years in the US, and won't repeat the experience.
      Classic_Engr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wagon please. My wife needs another car than can carry "stuff" and gets decent mileage, but a CUV just isn't necessary. She actually doesn't like them. This would be a nicer looking option to boot.
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still no Alfa 159 Sportwagon, but nice
      Eric Strauss
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish Ford would release the wagon here, I would be one of the first people in line to buy one. I love my 2003 Ford Taurus SE wagon, seating for 8, and it's a fairly nice road cruiser.
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope Ford changes their mind on this, make it a limited edition model and just send it over looking the same. It was designed as a world car, it should pass our emissions/safety tests fairly easily.
      timber
      • 2 Years Ago
      The main seller will probably be the 2 liter diesel wagon with manual transmission. The 1.6 liter diesel will probably also sell well.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks really good, but what I'm most interested in is that third pedal!
      inkarri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ford Needs to Import this and slap A Lincoln Front End on it!
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone notice the 5-door lift back in the photos? This article only mentions the 5-door wagon and not the new lift back variant. A bunch of other car websites posted about the lift back but here on autoblog it seems to have been missed.
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