THE FORD MONDEO - Runner Up in TMR's Best Drive, Best Value Awards for 2009 - is set for one final facelift ahead of a new global model in 2014, according to reports out of Europe this week.
A Mondeo test mule spied late last year adds credence to the reports. Besides a visual nip and tuck, the facelifted model is expected to feature a revised drivetrain line-up, likely including Ford's new EcoBoost four-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed Powershift transmission.
The new Mondeo is expected to also replace the US-market Ford Fusion, with design and development of the mid-sized sedan to be managed by the company's North American operations.
Early last year, Ford Vice-President of Global Product Programs, Joe Bakaj, told Automotive News that talent from the right across Fordâ€™s global operations will work on the project.
â€œWeâ€™re trying to balance the workload between the engineering centres, and so the cars are going to be led out of North America but with a global team.â€
The new model is not expected to have any ties with Mazda platforms, despite a recent announcement that the two companies will continue to cooperate on new technology.
As with the Focus, Ford's new mid-sizer is expected to be sold globally with only basic differences - such as right-hand-drive versions - expected for certain regions.