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New Ford Mondeo 2013 for Europe
Official details and pictures have been released of the all-new Ford Mondeo for 2013 ahead of the reveal event in Amsterdam on Thursday 6 September 2012.
MSN Cars is there, and will be following up with a full report - but Ford has already confirmed some controversial news: the new Mondeo will be fitted with the firm's 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine.
1.0-litre Ecoboost power - in a Mondeo?
The smallest capacity engine in the entire Ford range, this three-cylinder turbocharged engine has already impressed us in the latest Focus and the brand new B-Max.
But is it really up to the challenge of powering a full-sized saloon car, especially one that's looking to steal sales back from the BMW 3 Series and the Audi A4?
Assuming buyers can get beyond the diminutive size of the unit - the engine block is literally small enough to fit within the boarders of an A4 sheet of paper - we see no reason why not. It's already reported to be taking 30% of Focus sales.
With 125hp and 125lb ft of torque (147lb ft on overboost), the tiny turbo is more than capable of out-gunning a conventional 1.6-litre petrol - especially as maximum torque, which actually gets the car moving, is available from as little as 1,450rpm.
Ford hasn't yet released any full performance or efficiency details, but has confirmed the Mondeo Ecoboost is aiming for best-in-class petrol fuel economy and CO2 emissions of less than 130g/km.
That means annual VED car tax of £100, and a likely official fuel economy rating well in excess of 50mpg.
What else do we know about the new Ford Mondeo?
The new Mondeo is already on sale in the USA, where it's badged as the Ford Fusion. Ford has kept the Mondeo name for Europe, but appears not to have made any visual tweaks at all - so it remains just about the closest thing we've ever had to a mainstream car styled by Aston Martin.
It isn't actually styled by Aston of course, but that big straked grille and generally aggressive demeanour looks certain to give the Ford a great deal of presence compared to its more work-a-day rivals. Enough to tempt people back out of BMWs and Audis? We'll see.
In the US the Fusion is offered with hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains, in addition to larger 178hp 1.6-litre and 240hp 2.0-litre Ecoboost turbo petrol engines - expect to see all of these offered in Europe, alongside Ford's latest generation of turbodiesel engines.
American technology highlights include stop-start, lane-keep assist, active park assist and the Ford SYNC in-car connectivity system, which has just made its European debut in the new B-Max. Again, expect all of this to be offered in the Mondeo as well.
How much will the new Ford Mondeo cost, and when does it go on sale?
No word yet on new Ford Mondeo pricing or specification levels just yet, but we'd anticipate a line up that starts with a basic but reasonably equipped Style trim, moving through Zetec and finally on to Titanium. We're expecting the Mondeo will cost from around £18,000 - but it may actually end up being higher.
The new Ford Mondeo is due to hit UK dealerships at the beginning of 2013, and will be one of the star exhibits on the Ford stand at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later in September. MSN Cars will be there in force.
Stayed tuned for more details from the Ford "Go Further" event in Amsterdam.
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