As Ford Authority previously reported, the Ford Fusion was officially discontinued back in August of 2020, while production of its international twin – the Ford Mondeo – is scheduled to end in Europe next year. However, the 2023 Ford Fusion/Mondeo will be returning as both a sedan and crossover-like wagon/hatchback, as Ford Authority previously reported. The sedan is being earmarked for China, and it’s currently unclear if it will be available in other markets, though Europe and North America will likely get a more rugged Active variant. For these reasons and more, a Ford Mondeo wagon sighting in Peoria, Arizona, recently by a Reddit user is quite perplexing.
This Ford Mondeo wagon is wearing the tell-tale yellow sticker on the windshield that tells us it’s owned by Ford, but it’s unclear why the vehicle is in the U.S. The Mondeo does utilize the same hybrid powertrain present in the Ford Escape Hybrid and Ford Maverick Hybrid, and Peoria is roughly seven hours north of the Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant, where the Fusion was produced prior to its discontinuation.
Regardless, this isn’t the first time Ford has had a non-U.S. model in the states, as a next-gen Fusion/Mondeo prototype was recently caught by Ford Authority spies driving around the Metro Detroit area. However, spies have yet to capture the next-gen Fusion/Mondeo in Active form as of this writing – only sedan prototypes have been spotted driving around to date.
Meanwhile, the Mondeo is soldiering on in China, where it’s produced at the Ford Changan Assembly Plant. Recently, the Chinese Mondeo switched to a full hybrid and diesel lineup and gained a new 12.8-inch infotainment screen with SYNC+.