Ford may have spilled the beans about its 2013 Mondeo in Amsterdam a few weeks ago, but the Blue Oval stand here at the Paris Motor Show is the first place that we've gotten to see the sedan in the metal. The European sibling of our Ford Fusion looks trim, angular and attractive in its auto show debut. (It looks just like the new Fusion, let's be honest.)

This is a global car for Ford, meaning most of the vehicle is the same in North American- and European-spec, even though the names and powertrains do vary. We quite enjoyed our time with the Fusion's 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, for example, while Europeans will get to judge the Mondeo as fitted with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost, as well as several diesel options. The Mondeo will, of course, also come in wagon and five-door versions, which is enough to cause certain American car guys no small amount of lust.
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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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      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      The one small detail that beats the American version is the headlight. It lacks the tacky amber we're forced to have.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 2 Years Ago
      This extreme downsizing engine could be really interesting, as there has never been anything comparable in a car of this size. If the guesses you can find in German car press are correct, this configuration would even beat most subcompacts (=2 classes smaller!) and deliver a CO2 emission better than most comparable diesel engines (and about 1/3 less than other gasoline engines).
        rocketmoose
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kai F. Lahmann
        Those diesel engines also have a good chunk more torque though.
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sick of all the fighting and bickering about how it looks like an Aston Martin. Bottom line: this car looks gorgeous. Get over it.
      Dump
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compared to the new Mazda6, the Modeo/Fusion looks like warm poo. Will the 6 be sold in many of the competing markets?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dump
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        ebn.hahn
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dump
        OK Dum Dum!!, from your name and the word Poo you used, I can tell what kind of a person you are!!!. But, lets see which will sell a Whole.. Lotttttt More:)
      GRR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Or a Ford Martin by any other name. So who said they wanted to be a poser? well here is your chance, now you dont need to go all the way to China to be a true poser. This linked image represents a chinese copy cat made in the USA. http://i50.tinypic.com/hv4515.jpg
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Come on, Ford! There is no excuse not to offer the wagon in the US! You could easily corner the market on non-premium mid-size wagons in the US, but you chosing not to. The only thing you have to do is actualy MAKE it. What happened to 'bold moves'?
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      The more I see this car, the more I like it. The designers (or more importantly, the ones who approved the design) made a great choice. "But it looks just like an Aston Martin!" So I'd have a practical midsize sedan that looks like an Aston Martin. Is that supposed to be a bad thing? The only wrong there is that here in the US, it wouldn't be the wagon *ahem FORD*.
        OnTheRocks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jonnybimmer
        I'll take "looks like an Aston Martin" over "looks like an appliance" any day.
          GRR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @OnTheRocks
          I rather be real then fake
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, it's a Mondeo, and a Fusion only in North America. Even its chassis was heavily reworked from the old Mondeo.
      john m
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to say. Sometimes Ford really p!$$es me off!!! Europe get's the wagons and 5 doors and the US doesn't. I can understand that because they just don't sell well in the US and they encroach on the sales of suv's which, like it or not, bring in the bulk of the profits for automakers. If I'm seeing things correctly in the pics, Europe appears to be getting a panoramic sunroof where we here in the US are getting the sunroof from the Ford Fiesta. Europe is getting the new led headlamps and the US is'nt. That may be the subject of US DOT approval though but who knows... In the US, you can have any color interior you want as long as it's black for the higher end models. In Europe they obviously can get red leather seats and trim at least as an option. In Europe you can get a REAL tachometer and in the US you get the dinky little tach even on the manually equipped models. I realize that these complaints may seem a bit nit-picky to some but to me they are all things that add up. Some car magazines have made some of these complaints too. I also realize, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT, that Ford built a heck of a car here and that they had to water it down some so it wouldn't hurt sales of the new MKZ. Lincoln is hurting bigtime and if some people out there see a very good and cheaper version of almost the same car, well, Lincoln might be concerned with losing some sales to the Fusion. Now, before someone out there thinks I'm a Ford hater, consider this. This will most likely be my next car. I do like it a lot. The exterior looks great, it's very fuel efficient, it has good performance, great capability and is relatively affordable. I believe Ford built a very good car here. BUT with a few more little things I think it could have been a great car. Maybe we'll see some of these improvements in future versions...
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @john m
        " Europe get's the wagons and 5 doors and the US doesn't." Pretty much like every other car maker does.
          Lothar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          Not VW you can get a 2dr or 4dr hatch, get a wagon and get a diesel.
      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really really like the estate and 5dr... A LOT....
      • 2 Years Ago
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        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        Oh, and Europe isn't bankrupt. Far from it. The global recession has taken its toll on smaller EU economies unable to control inflationary pressures with the control of an autonomous currency.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
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        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        Except it isn't as attractive as the outgoing Mondeo and BMW are making serious inroads into former Mondeo and Insignia territory.
      devonautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this is a Chinese company, people won't praise or simply pass on its styling so lightly as Ford. Give it to the racist. Thumbs up!
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