The Ford Mondeo Mk V (fourth generation), also known as the Ford Fusion, codenamed CD391, was unveiled by Ford at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

With a design team based in Detroit for the planning and global launch phase,[3] the new model takes many styling cues from the previous generation Ford Mondeo, and previous generation American Ford Fusion.

Like the newest redesigns of the Focus and Fiesta before it, the new Mondeo is set on a global platform shared with the now-identical Fusion sold in North America. However, the Fusion name was used in South Africa, despite the Mondeo having been previously sold in that country.[4]

Overview

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Ford confirmed product details, and delayed the European launch from early summer 2013 to late autumn 2014 to address quality issues in ramping up production of the fourth-generation Mondeo receiving updates.[3] It was later explained that European sales of the latest Mondeo would be delayed by "at least a year" because of the closure in 2013 of the Ford plant at Genk, which is where previous generations of the car had been produced for the European markets.[5]

In October 2014, the fourth-generation Mondeo finally appeared in Europe, manufactured in Valencia, powered by a range of four-cylinder engines offering 160–240 PS (118–177 kW) for the petrol/gasoline-powered cars and 115–180 PS (85–132 kW) for diesel buyers.[6] The smaller three-cylinder "Econetic" 125-PS unit was scheduled for 2015 and there was also talk of a four-wheel-drive version scheduled for a future date.[6]

Since 2018, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine has a maximum output power of 165-PS.

The car is available with Dynamic LED headlamps. Also, a first in its class, is the introduction of a Rear Inflatable Seatbelt to reduce the pressure on the occupant's body in the event of a crash.

For the Australian market, the Mondeo line-up for 2020 has been reduced to only the base Ambiente, with added active safety features from prior high-grade variants, and larger alloy wheels. This is before the Mondeo will be completely discontinued in Australia in mid-2020.[7]

Ford initially denied rumours of killing the Mondeo and the closely related S-Max and Galaxy MPVs in Europe,[8] but in March 2021 the company announced that it will discontinue the production of the Mondeo in Europe and Argentina with no direct successor.[9][10][11] Production of the Mondeo ended in Europe with the final car that was completed on 30 March 2022.[12] The car was painted grey and it rolled off the production line at the Valencia plant on 4 April 2022.[13][14]

Powertrain

The range does not include five- or six-cylinder engines, and on launch will have a complete range of Ford EcoBoost engines. From September 2013, Ford added a three-cylinder 123-bhp Ecoboost, claimed to produce 125 g/km of CO2 emissions. In 2014, a hybrid equipped with a lithium-ion battery pack and a 185-bhp Atkinson cycle 2.0-litre petrol engine was added.[3]

References

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  3. ^ a b c Julian Rendell (6 September 2012). "2013 Ford Mondeo - full details revealed, updated gallery". Autocar. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  4. ^ 2015 FORD FUSION RINGS THE CHANGES, CAR, 15 July 2014
  5. ^ "Ford Mondeo kommt ein Jahr später". autobild.de. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Großer Fortrschritt?: Vor zwei Jahren stellte Ford seinen neuen Mondeo vor. Nach langem Anlauf in den USA kommt das Auto jetzt nach Deutschland. Und kann, was alle können sollen. Oder noch etwas mehr? .... Das Warten hat sich gelohnt. Trotz der Verzoegerung zeigt sich die Mittelklasse taufrisch...". Auto Motor u. Sport. Heft. 12 2014: 174–179. 16 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Ford Mondeo axed from mid-2020 | CarAdvice". CarAdvice.com. Retrieved 2019-12-23.
  8. ^ Anthony Karr (2018-09-04). "More Rumors Suggest The Ford Mondeo Will Be Discontinued [UPDATE]". Motor1.com. Retrieved 2019-03-03.
  9. ^ "Ford says farewell to 'Mondeo man' as car to be phased out". BBC News. 25 March 2021.
  10. ^ "Ford to end production of Mondeo model". The Guardian. 25 March 2021.
  11. ^ "Ford Mondeo: End of 30-year road for car that became byword for average". The Independent. 26 March 2021.
  12. ^ "Final European Ford Mondeo rolls off Valencia factory line". Auto Express. 6 April 2022.
  13. ^ "Ford Mondeo production for Europe ends after 29 years". Autocar. 6 April 2022.
  14. ^ "Ford Mondeo Production For Europe Ends After Nearly 30 Years". Motor1.com. 7 April 2022.

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