The Ford Fusion saloon will soon get a revamp in the USA, showing us how its facelifted UK sister car – the Ford Mondeo – will look when it’s released roughly two years from now. A powerful new V6 petrol engine will be added to the Stateside lineup but there’s no confirmation whether it’ll make it across the pond.
The Fusion is exactly the same car as the Mondeo but with a US-friendly name and any upgrades it gets are expected to transfer directly to the Mondeo. The latest Mondeo only arrived the UK in early 2015 so no significant updates are expected on these shores until 2018.
Ford Mondeo styling
As the pictures show, the new model gets a more sharply defined and aggressive grille sitting above a restyled lower air intake. The headlights are now slimmer with LED fog lights. At the rear, its tail lights have been updated with sharper lighting signatures and separated by a chrome strip.
Ford Mondeo Interior
Only minor interior changes are expected, with the latest version of Ford’s infotainment system being the biggest addition. The standard gear stick will be replaced with a rotary dial and a new seat fabric should feature. Plusher Mondeo Vignale versions will make use of better materials for a more luxurious environment.
Ford Mondeo engine and specs
Engines are expected to be unchanged for the latest Mondeo, with 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesels offering from 120 to 210hp. EcoBoost petrols will also be offered producing between 181 and 231hp. Hybrid versions will also be offered both in standard and plug-in varieties depending on how much city driving the owner usually does.
Back in the petrol-loving United States, the Fusion gets a new twin-turbo 2.7-litre V6 EcoBoost with around 325hp. This engine might be a hard sell here in the efficiency-minded UK so it’s not yet known if this engine will make it over here.
Ford Mondeo price and release date
The facelifted Mondeo shouldn’t move from its current price bracket of between £20,000 and £30,000. Sticking to this price tag allows the Mondeo to compete against rivals from Mazda and Vauxhall while undercutting Mercedes and Audi.
The updated Mondeo isn’t expected to arrive on UK shores until at least 2018 because the most recent model was only released in 2015. This gives Ford plenty of time to finalise its pricing and engine structure.
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