2019 Ford Mondeo facelift spotted in the UK

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Ford will follow up the recent launch of its new Focus hatchback with an updated Mondeo, due to arrive next year and spotted in disguise on UK roads.

Caught partially camouflaged on a transporter in Bedfordshire, and also seen without disguise on the road, the revised Skoda Superb rival will receive minor styling tweaks to its front and rear bumpers, a new grille design, slimmer headlights and a new LED rear light profile. A new horizontal chrome bar also links the tail-lights across the tailgate. The changes have been previewed by the US-market Ford Fusion, which was updated at the end of 2016.

Our spy photographer also captured the new Mondeo’s interior, revealing that automatic models will receive a rotary gear selector. This frees up space for larger cupholders and an additional storage bin in the centre console. Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system should carry over largely unchanged.

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The updated Fusion also featured new technology on the range-topping V6 model, including continuously variable dampers and a new camera-based pothole detection system that works alongside the dampers to cushion the worst bumps in the road. Given the V6 won’t be used in the Mondeo, it’s not clear yet if UK customers will be offered this tech. 

What we do know is that the 2019 Mondeo will receive a hybrid variant of the estate model for the first time. This allies a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 1.4kWh lithium ion battery and regenerative braking.

Ford also offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion, called the Energi, which could in theory be brought over here if it can pass WLTP homologation. Nothing has been confirmed, however.

We’re expecting to see the facelifted Mondeo fairly early next year, with its public debut possibly coming at the Geneva Motor Show

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scrap

Weird that US and European

Weird that US and European models are so out of sync. This will probably be the last Mondeo so enjoy it while you can!

Lanehogger

scrap wrote:

Weird that US and European models are so out of sync. This will probably be the last Mondeo so enjoy it while you can!

Indeed. The car is 6 years old already, and looks and feels it IMO, but Europe didn’t get it until 2014 because in addition to production and tooling changes, releasing it in 2012 would have seen the previous (3rd gen) Mondeo on sale for only 5 years. Yet the previous, Mazda 6-based Fusion, was 7 years old when it was replaced. I agree though, I think the current Mondeo will be Ford’s last offering in this class. Especially as Ford has already announced the Fusion won’t be replaced in North America. 

scotty5

Pointless car.

This may be newsworthy to Enterprise, Avis and Hertz but isn’t of much interest even to Ford buyers.  With a load volume of 525L (seats up), the estate is on the small side. The smaller Golf is over 600L as is an Octavia. Even the new Toyota Corolla makes a Mondeo estate look small.

The estate will carry 1600L with rear seats folded. Not only is that less than any of the smaller cars mentioned above, the new Focus estate will carry 1650L .

Let’s face it, Mondeo man died long ago.   

Peter Cavellini

Mondeo man…….

 I had Y’plate 1.8LX, it was a tidy handler and swallowed luggage for a Family of five, it never let me down,but they do say today’s Mondeo is nowhere near as good…..

Peter Cavellini.

Will86

@Peter Cavellini

The best Mondeo was the 2000-2007 model which you would have had. Just the right size, plenty of kit, strong engines and good ride and handling. The 2007 model got too big and the current car continued that trend. The new Focus estate looks easily as big as some of the earlier Mondeos so scrap may have a point about this being the last Mondeo. 

jagdavey

Skoda Superb Rival??

You say that the Mondeo is a Skoda Superb rival.

I can remember when every new mid-sized saloon was described as a “Mondeo” rival.

How times have changed!!!!!! Ford has lost it’s mo jo.

ElectricPics

Times a changing

Just looking at the European registration figures for the first half of the year and neither the Mondeo or Insignia make the top 25.  Even the 20th placed Passat only managed 93,252. 

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