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2023 Ford Fusion / Mondeo Sedan Caught Undisguised In Michigan

Ford Authority spies have captured a number of 2023 Ford Fusion / Mondeo prototypes out driving around over the past few months, including, most recently, one in the Metro Detroit area. Even though Ford isn’t planning on selling the next-gen Fusion / Mondeo in the U.S., this is nothing unusual, as Ford Authority spies previously spotted a Lincoln Zephyr prototype (which has since been revealed) and a completely uncovered Ford Evos – both China-only models – near Dearborn. Now, a couple of months after the 2023 Ford Fusion / Mondeo’s exterior design leaked online, Ford Authority spies have spotted one in Michigan completely uncovered.

This is the very first time the next-gen Fusion / Mondeo has been caught completely undisguised on U.S. roads, and as expected, it sports Evos-inspired styling, like the Mondeo that leaked previously in China. The current-generation Mondeo and discontinued Fusion were/are essentially the same vehicle that were sold in different markets.

The Fusion / Mondeo will be returning as both a sedan and crossover-like wagon/hatchback, and will utilize the Mondeo nameplate in China, where the current-gen sedan was recently treated to some new tech features. The new Fusion / Mondeo features a number of styling tweaks, particularly at the front and rear of the sedan, a variety of new wheel options, and as seen here, a black roof treatment, which is present on some trims.

As Ford Authority previously reported, the next-gen Fusion / Mondeo is powered by a Ford 2.0L gas engine that produces 235 horsepower. At 194.2 inches long, the 2023 Mondeo is 2.6 inches longer than the current model.

As Ford Authority previously reported, the 2023 Ford Fusion / Mondeo interior will also borrow heavily from the Evos’ interior in terms of its overall aesthetic and technology as well. At the moment, the next-generation Fusion / Mondeo sedan is being earmarked for China, just like the Evos and the Zephyr, and it’s unclear if it will be available in other markets. However, Europe and North America may get the more rugged Active variant.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Fusion / Mondeo soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Fusion/Mondeo news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. N

    Bring this to the U.S.!!!!

  2. JE

    As owner of a Mondeo/Fusion, I certainly would trade it for this new sedan. Trading it for a boring SUV or crossover, never. I better go yo other brand like Tesla, GM, MB, Audi, VW, BMW, Kia, Toyota, etc. that offers me a decent sports sedan. Not everybody like SUV´s or crossovers or is willing to buy one no matter what.

  3. Crabbymilton

    Looks sharp. Indeed, they build it for the export market so why not just sell it here? Oh that’s right. This is FORD and there is no common sense

  4. Mark L Bedel

    The nose looks a bit high in profile. But hey, I’ll settle for just having a sedan available again here in the States.

  5. Kris Duplessis

    Gorgeous… Need a zephyr twin with the beautiful design language evolution of the last model. Never understood why they wouldn’t help out their CAFE numbers by having a fully hybrid/ ev fusion line and kill it for another crossover

  6. james B wiseman

    When the SUV craze dry`s up, they`ll wish they had stayed with some sedans.

  7. Joseph Drew

    Would take this in an Estate version over another crossover or SUV. Not all of your American consumers are so short sighted, Ford.

    1. Mike G

      Obviously you’re not the American consumer you claim to be if you’re calling a wagon an “estate”.

  8. Robert Schaefer

    Been waiting to long for Ford replacement for my 20140Fusion Hybrid. Ok with leaning to hatchback or wagon but hybrid gas mileage is priority. Maybe I will have to look at Sonata or Accord Hybrid…Ford’s having a tough time birthing the Activ

  9. Mick1

    My 2013 Ford Cmax hybrid running strong 150k miles except needed new fuel injector has never let me down. I have time to wait for the right car.

  10. Lurch

    Yes, bring it back. And call it the Mondeo, not the Fusion. Past Ford CEOs demanded all car models be “F” for “Ford” and “M” for “Mercury” (except for the Mustang) and that all sedans go away. No reason to say “that’s how we’ve already done it” if we’re not returning to flathead engines , all solid axles, and any color as long as it’s black.

  11. Fred Hayes

    I am thrilled at the possibility of a commonsense sedan being available to the US market. I have a 2016 Fusion 1.5L which gives about 34 MPG in the summer and drops to about 31 / 32 in winter. The car has been nearly trouble free in 84K miles. My only gripe is the performance tires. Too many sidewall breaks from pot holes. I don’t want a SUV or crossover! Since the “Big Three ” knows better I may have to go to an import, then, aren’t they all?

  12. Remy najim

    The decision of discontinued sedans models was illogic , they just gave advantages for korean makes , I think this mondeo design is sharp !

  13. Randy W Brown

    Ford,please listen to your customers. We want sedans,at least a couple for us older people who are unable to climb up into the ever rising suv’s and pickups. I still own my 83 F150 and can barely get into it these days but I manage on occasion. Our 2013 Fusion however is much easier to get in and my neighbors Lincoln MKS is super easy on the entry and is very comfortable. Wish we had bought one of those or a Taurus. The point is that you have an aging customer base that actually likes cars and they are practical for the elder generation. Please reconsider your past decisions and offer a couple of mid-sized cars or even larger like the old Crown Vice.
    Sincerely Randy Brown

    1. Crabbymilton

      You are correct Randy. The best thing to do is just forget builder loyalty. I had a 2004 MERCURY GRAND MARQUIS from new until back in November with 205k. But it was time. I bought a 2021 NISSAN ALTIMA and couldn’t be more pleased.

  14. Technology Todd

    The comments that have been posted to this site speaks volumes about customer preferences! I have been strictly a Ford driver for years. Freestar minivan, 2019 Continental and a couple of vintage rear-drive Continentals from the 80’s.

    To say the least, I am truly a sedan driver. SUV and CUV models are nice, but not for everyone. One of the things I have noticed about Ford and other domestic auto companies, they allow the models to “linger” on the vine too long…

    Over the years, the Asian manufacturers had a time-line of 4-5 model years for a car. If we look back at the US manufacturers in the: 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, incremental changes would take place.

    I know costs associated with manufacturing have increased, but customers still have preferences that are still recognized by “foreign” car companies. My lease is up on my 2019 Continental later this summer. My (Ford) domestic options are (very) limited.

    I read a few nice articles about the 2021 Jaguar XF. I called the local dealer and was told they only have 1 new car in stock. They have an XF on order to be in by April…


    1. Giovanni pillitteri

      I’m with you I have a 2020 fusion titanium I love it! I’d buy a new one this very minute if they made one! I’m actually looking for a new car and being so upset about fords “suv only” policy I’m looking at an Audi A4/A5 it blows my mind how they can sell sedans in other countries and not take care of their homeland! It’s ridiculous! I actually looked into buying the Mondeo and shipping it here but it’s just stupid! I guess I’ll switch to an Audi and if I love it I’ll say goodbye to ford!
      How’s does their ceo have a job still ?!! He seems like he has no ideal what he’s doing? Or doesn’t care for American consumers? Maybe he just likes SUVs and he’s an ass so if he likes it everyone has to deal with it! (I could see that being true!)

  15. Francois

    I’d love to see another Ford sedan or even better a sports wagon. Except that save for very few of us, no one buys those cars. They just sat on the lots for ever then Ford had to discount heavily / neither Ford nor the dealer make much if any money off the deal.

    Conversely, the whole 2022 Maverick production is basically sold-out / we’re barely on the 4th week of January 2022… The trucks sell really well, Mustangs go out the door over sticker, and let’s not even start on the Bronco mania. Simple math folks. As a Saab owner too (My kids still drive our 2008 9-3 wagon with 199,000 miles on the clock) , I’d rather see Ford focus on what sells versus see them go the way of Mercury, Pontiac, Saab, etc, etc.

    PS: When it came time to update the Saab as the main family car I “Caved” and got an Edge ST. Guess what? Even if its twin turbo Ecoboost V6 it has 125HP more than the Saab 2.0 turbo 4, and weighs several hundred lbs more it gets about the same mileage on the highway, only gives-up about 2 mpg around town.

    Driving experience wise: The Edge has far better acceleration, is quieter, even if somewhat less nimble it has more ultimate grip around the corners and the AWD puts the power down better out of tight corners. And yes, it’s significantly roomier in all dimensions. Is that so bad?

  16. Denise

    I would definitely buy the Fusion/Mondeo. I don’t care for the SUV’s or Crossovers.

  17. Michael

    Wish this would come to the states…Oh well, I guess it’s on to BMW.

  18. Matt McGlashen

    Between Myself and Family we bought 4 Fusions and 3 MKZ’s

    They were/ are great cars bring the current Mondeo/Fusion here!

    You are letting the Japanese and Koreans dominate the sedan market.

    They will sell.

    Please bring in a full electric version!

  19. Stephen

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Samuel

    I Want this car my 2017 Ford Fusion Hybird Still going strong Ford Company Shut and take my money i need this car

  21. Ralph

    I currently drive a 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid and have been very pleased with the 42 miles a gal on this car, prior to this I owned a 2016 MKZ hybrid. again wonderful mileage. it sickens me that FORD and Lincoln both have decided sedan are dead. Their Loss, as my next car will be again a sedan and be a hybrid. They’ll learn as we buyers go to imports to buy……..Bye Bye American…….


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