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Detroit Motor Show 2012: Ford reveals the 2013 Fusion/Mondeo

Global car combines the two models for the first time...

Ford has revealed in detail the all-new Ford Mondeo and Fusion models. The Fusion is for the US market, the Mondeo for Europe and the rest of the world.

Ford has gone all out with the new Mondeo, with the firm’s second truly global car after the latest Focus. The Focus is sold in many countries across the world with minimal bodywork changes and they are now doing the same with the Mondeo. What we see above are quite a few images of the Fusion (due to the Detroit launch) with a couple of shots of the Mondeo.

What we can see is a front end which takes inspiration from the Evos concept with slimmer headlights and a wider grille giving the nose a wider, lower look. There is a crease styling line running from the front wings right to the back of the car, with the rear of the car ending abruptly with a sharply angled boot. Overall there is definitely still a look of the outgoing model, but it removes the overly heavy rear end and replaces it with a more cohesive design which flows over the shape of the car. There are detail changes between the Fusion and Mondeo, mainly that the headlights on the Mondeo are clearer with more definition to the internals, and the rear gets a body colour lower rear bumper.

Chris Hamilton, chief exterior designer for the next-generation model has said "Our design goal for the new car was to give the mainstream sedan buyer a top-drawer visual experience, adding some emotional appeal to an already sensible choice."

The Fusion gets petrol engines only to start with - a direct injection 1.6-liter 179 bhp Ecoboost engine equipped with automatic start stop system will deliver a combined fuel economy figure of 31.5 mpg (US) while the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine will pump out 237 bhp. The 1.6-liter represents the first time Ford has offered an automatic-transmission with an automatic start stop system.

The Fusion Hybrid's batteries are now lithium-ion instead of the previous nickel-metal hydride. Not only is weight saved and more power produced as a result, but maximum speed under electric-only power is raised from 47 mph to 62 mph. The Hybrid also receives an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, which delivers 47 mpg (US) in city driving and 44 mpg (US) on the highway which beats out the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg (US) city and 5 mpg (US) highway and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg (US) and 4 mpg (US), respectively.

Billed as the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world, the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid delivers more than 100 MPGe (mpg equivalency for electrified vehicles). This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid hits the market in the fall of this year.

The Mondeo will offer the same 1.6 and 2.0 litre Ecoboost petrol engines as the Fusion, along with a lower power 1.6 putting out around 120 bhp. This may be superceded by the new 1.0 turbo engine with 123 bhp that is going in the EcoSport, but Ford are nervous as to whether buyers will accept a 1.0 litre engine in such a large car, irrespective of power.

The Fusion/Mondeo aims to deliver a sporty driving experience. "This really is a driver's car," said John Jraiche, program manager. "Fusion is even more fun to drive with specially tuned electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), a MacPherson strut front suspension and an all-new premium-level multilink rear suspension - comparable to Audi and BMW configurations." Of course only time will tell whether the Mondeo will recapture the handling magic that made the first model such a hit.

We have only seen interior shots of the Fusion, but the layout will be the same for both cars, with slightly higher quality materials used in the Mondeo. There is a very Germanic looking dash, but pared back so there aren’t too many buttons. There’s a large central control knob which controls most of the car’s infotainment functions, and the driver gets a deep angled binnacle housing a central speedo with a small full colour LCD display next to it with configurable graphics.

We can’t wait to see the full press shots of the Mondeo, and will bring them all to TorquingPoint when they are released.

Images courtesy of Ford

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more