Europe’s version of the United States’ popular Ford Fusion, the 2013 Ford Mondeo, has finally been revealed to the public, at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Available for sale in European markets in early 2013, the Mondeo’s base and top-end price points have not been announced at this time.
The Mondeo will be offered in three configurations – a 4-door sedan like its American cousin, and a European market-only 5-door hatchback as well as a wagon. Sleek exterior features such as full-LED headlights and a power tailgate complement interior features such as massaging seats and the popular SYNC with MyFord Touch. Not only are the LED headlights attractive, but they are also fully adaptive, energy-efficient, and move in sync with the steering wheel. In addition, the headlights will also match their beam projection to vehicle speed, providing optimal lighting as well as field of vision depending on speed. Push-button start and reverse camera options also add an air of luxury to this family sedan
A redesigned exterior also gives the Mondeo a sleek and sporty new look, with a lowered roofline and a retractable panorama glass moonroof available on the wagon model. 18” wheels add to the sporty appearance and are complimented by a sturdier suspension than previous models. Safety features include a blind spot warning systems, automatic braking systems influenced by Volvo, and inflatable rear seatbelts, in addition to standard airbags. Advanced Auto Park Assist will also be offered as an additional option, which enables the vehicle to parallel and perpendicularly park itself automatically.
Under the hood, Ford will offer a wide assortment of both gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a first-ever AWD turbodiesel and a gas-electric hybrid. The Mondeo will also offer the highly-anticipated EcoBoost option, in a 1.0L, 3-cylinder engine, currently available in the European Focus. In addition to best-in-class fuel economy, the Mondeo will also lead its class in minimal emissions, all thanks to minimal displacement. The Mondeo also features a near-silent cabin, all thanks to a state of the art noise reductions such as a sealed engine bay and acoustic shielding under the body of the chassis. The Mondeo is highly anticipated, and, if early reviews are to be trusted, it will not disappoint once released.