New Ford Mondeo Hints At Updates For Ford Fusion

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But will Dearborn bring it back Stateside as an update to the ill-fated Fusion?

The fate of the Ford Fusion may still be up in the air. But overseas, its twin has been treated to a series of updates – not the least of which takes the form of a new hybrid wagon variant.

Revealed this week at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium, the new Ford Mondeo boasts a wide range of enhancements to keep pace with the competition in markets like Europe, where sedans and wagons have yet to give way entirely (as they have in North America) to the encroaching popularity of crossovers.

Chief among the additions to the Mondeo range is the arrival of a new hybrid powertrain, now available on the wagon body-style for the first time. The powertrain combines a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor and a 1.4-kWh battery. There's a new 2.0-liter diesel on offer as well in 118-, 148-, and 187-horsepower states of tune – the latter two offered with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. A 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo four remains on offer with 163 horsepower for those eager to burn gasoline.

Buyers will also be able to choose between four-door sedan, five-door liftback, and wagon variants in ST-Line, Titanium, and Vignale trim levels.

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The Mondeo's exterior styling has also been updated. There are new wheel and interior trim options on offer as well, along with a full range of infotainment, driver-assistance, and safety technologies.

Ford builds the Mondeo at its plant in Valencia, Spain, and has sold over a quarter-million of them since the current, fourth-generation model launched in 2015. The bigger question on our mind, though, is whether any of these enhancements will make their way to US showrooms in the form of an updated Fusion – particularly as the model is being phased out from the North American market.

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