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Ford reveals the new Mondeo and Transit models

Mondeo looks fantastic, Transit....... not so much...

We first saw the new Mondeo back in January when it was shown in the US as the Ford Fusion, but today Ford has revealed the full European spec model ahead of the public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show later this month.

Ford have released images for the saloon, hatchback and estate versions showing a stunning design that adds a little bit of Aston Martin cool to what used to be the most bland car on sale. Up front there’s a very Aston-like grille, with a set of slim headlights either side, bucking the trend for huge headlights stretching back almost to the A-Pillar. The body has a flowing design that really does look good, with hints of Jaguar in there as well. With the Mazda6, there are now two very good looking cars in the sector which means Vauxhall really needs to do something with the Insignia.

Inside the Mondeo adopts the same basic interior as the Fusion but uses higher quality materials and gets more technology as standard. Full details will be revealed, including the engine lineup nearer the Paris Show, but we expect there to be the 128 bhp 1.0 litre 3-cylinder Ecoboost engine – a first for a car of this size – and a Hybrid model included.

The Mondeo will go on sale in late 2013, which is a considerable delay over the original launch which was planned for later this year. Ford has blamed the delay on not being able to achieve the desired level of quality in time.

Continuing their product offensive, Ford also revealed the new Transit, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect yesterday. The Transit was hinted at with the Tourneo shown at Geneva earlier this year, which showed promising styling; however the Transit model appears to have been hit by the ugly stick somewhere between Geneva and here. We can only assume that the new bluff nose treatment is a nod to the US, where the Transit is replacing the legendary Econoline van in a move that has shocked van drivers in the US. The Econoline has been a mainstay of American industry since the 1960s, so it’s a bold move to replace it with a new model unknown to the US. The Transit will be available in Europe with a 2.2 litre diesel engine with a range of power outputs in FWD or RWD configurations, and differing chassis lengths. The US will only get the largest model and will be powered by a 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine or ‘a very powerful diesel’ according to Ford.

Also new is the Transit Connect, which replaces the hugely popular model that has apparently revolutionised small businesses in Europe (Ford says). With a much more stylish design, the Transit Connect and the small family MPV Tourneo Connect have a definite look of the Galaxy around the side and rear, while the nose takes inspiration from the C-Max.

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