Ford will retire the Mondeo in Europe in March 2022 when the production of the Fusion’s European brother will come to an end. The Blue Oval company’s plans about the successor of that car on the Old continent are not exactly known at the moment, though spy photos suggested the automaker is working on a replacement. We might now know what this Mondeo successor will look like, regardless of the name it will take.
The Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has published fully revealing photos of the new Mondeo for the local market. It takes the shape of a saloon with a design inspired by the Mustang Mach-E and, to a larger extent, by the Evos. The latter will be sold as a hatchback/crossover thingy, whereas the new Mondeo will be marketed as a more traditional three-box vehicle.
Gallery: New Ford Mondeo leaked photos from China
The photos depict the ST-Line model, which features sportier touches, black lacquered accents on the front fascia, a two-tone exterior finish, and a large diffuser at the back. The leak from China also reveals there will be several different customisation options depending on the trim level. A Mondeo lettering on the boot lid confirms the saloon will retain its name for the Chinese market.
The same can’t be said for Europe, at least for now. Ford hasn’t disclosed its plans, though, judging by spy photos last month, there could be a successor to today’s Mondeo, albeit (probably) with a different name. It’s basically the same situation with America’s retired Fusion, but we expect Ford to prioritise the more crossover-like shape of the Evos rather than the traditional saloon seen here.
The leak also confirms the new Mondeo will be sold with a 2.0-litre petrol engine in China, delivering 235 bhp (175 kilowatts). The car from the photos rides on 19-inch wheels with 235/45 tyres and has a wheelbase of 2,945 millimetres (115.9 inches). The new Mondeo is 4,935 mm (194.2 inches) long, which makes it 66 mm (2.6 inches) longer than the model that’s still on sale in Europe.