European cousin of the new 2013 Ford Fusion, the 2013 Ford Mondeo makes its official world public debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Sharing much of its basic styling and platform architecture with the new Fusion, the Mondeo will two-up its American counterpart by augmenting a 4-door sedan body configuration with a slick 5-door liftback and a formal wagon, both of which were developed specifically for the Euro market.
On sale later this fall, the new Ford Mondeo introduces a number of unique features to the segment, including the first appearance of adaptive full-LED headlamp, a power tailgate and a retractable panoramic roof as well as massage-capable multi-contour seats and SYNC with MyFord Touch. While offering an assortment of fuel-efficient gasoline and diesel engines - including the segment's first all-wheel-drive turbodiesel variant as well as its first gasoline-electric hybrid sedan model, the most intriguing bit of Mondeo motivation will likely be Ford's new 1.0-liter EcoBoost 3-cylinder engine. Already fitted to the European Focus and headed to America next year in either the Focus or Fiesta, the 2012 "International Engine of the Year" is expected to help the Mondeo earn best-in-class fuel economy numbers.
In characterizing this latest iteration of a car that is critically important to the automaker's financial future, Barb Samardzich, vice president Product Development noted: "The Mondeo has always been at the forefront of Ford's European passenger car range, but the all-new model is a watershed moment for large car customers and a new benchmark for features in this competitive sector."