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by Adam Lynton
All-new Ford Mondeo is a European version of the new Fusion, but with a three-cylinder engine under its power-dome hood.
If this looks familiar then that's because Ford's new Mondeo, unveiled today in Amsterdam, is little more than a rebadged and slightly rejigged version of the Ford Fusion unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. Don't think that means it isn't a vital product for Ford, however. The Mondeo was once the benchmark sedan in its class overseas, and now that it's united with the Fusion under the One Ford strategy, the Blue Oval automaker is looking to this product to further enhance its market penetration.
Stylistically, the Mondeo has a grille design borrowed largely from Aston Martin (which used to be owned by Ford), and slimline LED lights similar to what you might expect of an Audi. The shape is also more rakish, giving the budget-oriented Mondeo an upscale look. Don't expect an Aston Martin engine behind that grille, though. (Even though those are built by Ford, too.)The Mondeo is the largest of Ford's products to use the company's new 1.0-liter EcooBoost three-cylinder gasoline engine also found in the new Fiesta. The sculpted power-dome hood, then, is purely for show.
The previous model's gasoline engine range began with a 118 horsepower 1.6-liter unit, whereas the new car gets 123 hp and 125 pound-feet of torque, and can be overboosted to 147 lb-ft when an overtaking opportunity arises. Ford predicts 130g/km of CO2 emissions coupled with best-in-class fuel efficiency. A range of larger gasoline and diesel engines - including a hybrid version - will also be on offer, along with a wagon version, when the new Mondeo hits showrooms about a year from now. In the meantime the new Mondeo, having been unveiled at Ford's Go Further event in Amsterdam, will be showcased at the Paris Motor Show.