Restyled Ford Fusion Gives European Mondeo Fans New Hope

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If you live in Europe and everything that was missing from your brand new Ford Mondeo was more power, a SYNC 3 infotainment system with voice recognition and a few subtle exterior changes, here's what you can look forward to.

To start off, a 325 HP 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine sounds a lot better than what the Mondeo currently has going for it in Europe, which is the 240 PS 2.0T EcoBoost unit and the 2.0 Duratorq TDCi engine, good for 210 PS. While Ford has yet to confirm that their top of the range Fusion Sport will ultimately morph into a Mondeo ST, all we can do for now is hope.

In the looks department, it's the rear of the car that took most of the "beating", but in a good way. The horizontal insert makes the Fusion look more aggressive by having the new taillights split down the middle like that, and the wing has always helped visually.

Other than that, the grille is slightly larger, the bumper slightly different, plus there are LED daytime running lights and upgraded materials inside.

Once the facelifted Mondeo becomes official too, it will be in a much better position to take on the VW Passat, Opel Insignia, Skoda Superb and Renault Talisman. Let's throw in the Peugeot 508 too, because it has decent sales in Europe. Basically, these are and will be the Mondeo's main rivals, and as you can see, they all feature plenty of new tech and new designs, except for the Opel.

In the States, the 2017 Fusion will carry on against the likes of the Camry, Accord and Altima, with models such as the Malibu, Optima, Chrysler 200 and VW Passat surfing in its wake.