New Car: 2013 Ford Mondeo

Ford has shown off its new Mondeo in Europe, and we’re jealous. Although the Mondeo is almost identical to the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan, Europeans also are privy to much sexier and more practical hatchback and wagon versions. Ford has always offered its popular Mondeo in all three bodystyles, but unfortunately the hatch and wagon are forbidden fruit to American buyers.

Ford has always offered traditional sedan, hatchback, and wagon versions of its Mondeo, so it’s no surprise to see those bodystyles for the new car. What’s disappointing is that the American market is only privy to the Fusion sedan, robbing us of the objectively more practical and subjectively sexier hatch and wagon variants. Europeans will also be treated to an available six-speed manual transmission.

The Ford Mondeo hatchback is recognizable by its rear wiper, betraying the fact that the entire rear windshield lifts up to facilitate adding bulky cargo. The wagon, predictably, simply extends the Mondeo’s roofline past the C-pillar, ending in a nearly-square liftgate. The character line that runs through the Mondeo’s door handles kinks up above the rear wheel, giving the appearance of broader rear fenders.

In addition to the hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid powertrains offered on the 2013 Ford Fusion, the new Mondeo can be fitted with turbodiesel engines and Ford’s new 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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