Ford is rolling out a new Fusion for the North American market. But while the Fusion isn’t sold, as such, in Europe, it is offered there as the Mondeo. And as we can see from these latest spy shots, that model is set to be upgraded too.
Spotted undergoing winter testing in snowy Scandinavia, the revised Mondeo will likely bear most – if not all – of the revisions applied to the new Fusion. That includes subtly updated exterior styling and interior trim to set it apart from the previous version. But the bigger deal with the release of the latest Fusion is the inclusion of a new suite of driver-assistance technologies.
Called Co-Pilot 360 Protect, the range of systems includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, automatic high-beam headlights, and a rear-view camera. European customers can also expect the latest Sync 3 infotainment system to factor into the updated Mondeo as it has in the Fusion. But one thing the Mondeo will get that the Fusion doesn’t is the Vignale edition.
Slotting in above the top Titanium trim level in the US, the Vignale spec represents the pinnacle of Ford’s European lineup. That’s particularly valuable to the Blue Oval automaker on the other side of the pond, where it doesn’t sell Lincoln models like the MKZ that’s based on the same underpinnings as the Fusion/Mondeo, or the larger Continental that (like the Ford Taurus) expands on the same platform.
The new Ford Fusion is set to debut shortly at the New York Auto Show. The automaker may or may not choose to wait for another major European expo like the Paris Auto Show – which won’t take place until October – to roll out the updated Mondeo.