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Ford Mondeo Sedan Officially Revealed As All-New Midsize For China

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Over the last several months, Ford Authority spies have spotted a number of 2023 Ford Fusion / Mondeo prototypes out driving around in various stages of disguise. Those photos gave us a peek at the model’s Ford Evos-inspired front-end design, Ford F-150 Lightning-like front LED setup, and the rear end and its Ford Mustang / Ford Mustang Mach-E-inspired taillights. The exterior of the next-gen Ford Mondeo sedan was leaked back in November, but now, that model has been officially revealed as an all-new mid-size sedan that will be built in China for Chinese customers.

The next-gen Ford Mondeo sedan borrows heavily from the recently-revealed Ford Evos and Lincoln Zephyr in the styling department, as expected. Ford calls this look its “Progressive Energy in Strength” design philosophy, which was developed specifically by the automaker for China based on customers’ “aesthetic sensibility and preferences,” according to the automaker. With a coupe-like roofline and a more chiseled stance, the new Mondeo is also 23 mm (0.9 inches) wider and 63 mm (2.48 inches) longer than the current-gen model.

There are plenty of unique design touches to be found on the new Mondeo as well, including flush-fit door handles, as well as a touch-sensitive rear Ford badge that activates the rear liftgate. Full-width lighting in the front and rear is animated, welcoming the driver to their vehicle as they approach it.

“These pioneering design details highlight the ‘responsive’ aspect of our new designs while underlining our Chinese customers’ preference for advanced tech expression and sophisticated and refined craftsmanship,” said Max Wolff, Design Director of Ford China and International Markets Group. “Our goal was to create an aerodynamic, forward-moving form that expresses energy and strength while providing space and comfort. The strong, width-emphasizing form, signature frontal graphics, and powerful stance work together to give our vehicles a confident presence. This is the ‘Daqi-ness’ that Chinese customers appreciate.”

The all-new Ford Mondeo sedan will be built by Changan Ford – a 50:50 joint venture between Ford and Changan Auto – and is expected to launch later this year. What’s particularly interesting, however, is that Ford seems to be leaving the door open for some sort of version of the Mondeo to launch in other markets, though that may apply only to a more rugged Active variant, as Ford Authority previously reported.

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

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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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Comments

  1. Mark L Bedel

    Very Nice! I wish that it was coming to the States 🙁

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  2. Mark L Bedel

    I’m tired of having my fenders hiked up around my knees.

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  3. JE

    This is a car I definitively would buy. An SUV, crossover or an Active version, never. Not everybody likes SUV’s or crossovers or is willing to buy one no matter what. I hope the actual SUV cancer ends asap!!!

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  4. Steve

    Why Ford are you not bringing this car to the States as an updated replacement for the Fusion in addition to the Active version?

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    1. Tigger

      Because it would make too much sense.

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  5. Donald Hayes

    I am a Fan of Ford products. What I’m not a fan of is Ford’s decision to drop its sedans in the US I’m wondering if Ford has a clue or cares how many customers like myself they lost to competitors. I was looking for a new Taurus SHO or Fusion Sport without luck. My wife purchased a new 2017 Edge Sport which is being discontinued which is another surprise. I owned a then new 2017 Escape Titanium. I decided one SUV was enough so I decided on a Ford sedan that included some luxury and performance. I was also considering a Lincoln MMX which was also dropped. So I started shopping other brands. I purchased a 2018 Chrysler 300C Hemi which gave me luxury, technology and performance at a price below a basic Fusion. Every time I read China or some other county is getting a new Ford car or even an SUV. I’m confused why the country that helped build Ford appears to be at the back of the line. Ford needs to look at the automotive sales numbers that reflect the only Ford US car the Mustang ending up behind the Dodge Challenger in sales because of Dodge went with performance models which also included the Charger. I really like my 300C but I hold hope Ford will create at least one sedan line that offers the luxury and a performance option that will bring folks like myself back to Ford.

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  6. Dan Brawling

    That is one sexy car. Too bad it’s not coming to the US.

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  7. Tigger

    Dear Mr. Hayes:

    I am a fan of Ford dropping their sedans in the US market.

    Sincerely,

    Honda
    Toyota
    Nissan
    gm
    Stellantis
    Huyndai
    Kia

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  8. NCEcoBoost

    I’m not nearly as impressed/excited about this than I thought I’d be (as a ’17 Fusion owner). Its styling is a bit of a mishmash – love the Mustang-inspired taillights, hate the side sculpting (reminds of the Escape, yuk), black roof color looks strange, access still appears to be a problem, it’s too long and too wide, etc.
    I really can’t see this being a big seller if it was to come to the US. Folks would pay the kind of money that this would be aimed at on a compact crossover, for sure. Including probably me (NOT a Ford).
    Hard pass.

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    1. JE

      Not everybody. I for example would never buy an SUV or a crossover no matter what, so I would pay more and without any doubt for this sedan (or a sedan of any other brand) than for any crossover or SUV no matter from which brand it comes.

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  9. NEONORM

    Good looking car.. Yea, too bad it isn’t being brought to the states. I’ve had two Fusions and have enjoyed both of them… Went and got a last year Lincoln MKZ off lease. Enjoying it even more…..
    Too bad Ford decided to get out of the sedan market… “I HATE SUV’S”!!!! Nothing but glorified station wagons… WHICH I LIKE.. But those days are gone..

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  10. R. Walker

    I will join the crowd here. Please, Board of Directors and Mr. Farley, bring back a nice, mid sized sedan to the US. The last generation Fusion was a great size car. You could order a hybrid or a nice sport version.
    I agree with others here. Not everyone wants trucks or SUVs. They are great for families but older adults and retirees don’t always like big trucks. They like ease of driving, ease of parking, fuel economy and affordability. Bring something back to the states. It wouldn’t take that long. Ford had a winner with the Taurus. It was the #1 selling vehicle for 5-6 years. Then, you discontinued building it. Alan Mulally became the President/CEO and said “where’s the Taurus? It’s the #1 seller.”
    They designed and produced a new Taurus in two years. Bring back a nice mid size sedan that offers some performance options. You can’t do it profitably?? Why not? BMW, Audi, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, etc… all seem to be able to do it. The Mustang got beat out by Challenger because it is getting old and tired. And please don’t tell me the new Mustang E is a Mustang. Not !!! Too much money. How can that be profitable? Government subsidies won’t last forever. Wait until folks have to start replacing batteries. Cost – up in the $20,000 range. Disposal fees for the old batteries ??? Nobody talks about all of the hidden costs. The process for making the batteries is just as bad for the environment as the exhaust. This is the government selling us a cheap bill of goods.
    Maybe it’s time to renegotiate the UAW contract again so cars will be profitable. I know F150s bring huge profits. $10,000 per vehicle. That’s great but, not everyone can drive a truck ….. or, wants too. Come on guys, you can do it. Remember the line from the movie …. “If you build it, they will come.” Please give us a nice CAR to drive.
    You have plenty of staff that knows how to crunch numbers. Let’s make this happen. Hell, I hate to say this but, ship them over from China if the UAW doesn’t want to play ball. Let’s go Jim. Let’s go Bill. Let’s get this done before I die. I’ve been a Ford man my whole 71 years. Thank you for listening.

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  11. Paco Perez Gonzalez

    Como siempre, Ford dejándole el mercado automotriz a sus rivales, pésimas decisiones, qué pena es ver a Ford haciendo esto, los mismos gringos la están dejando cser

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  12. FERGAL

    FORD MONDEO NEEDED IN UK AND IRELAND ASAP……………ALL POWER TRAINS………………………DIESEL, PETROL, AND HYBRID………………………ASAP……………….

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  13. martin

    Looks like it started off as a nice looking car , not a gorgeous car like the previous model, few can top that. Then out of nowhere someone in management not design said, add a line here and an angle here, make it look like a Camry cause that’s obviously the cats ass when one thinks “what is it”. Then another manager said, let me bring it home and see what my 10 year old genius son that can’t drive thinks. The son just finished watching Pacific Rim for the 9 time and gave his day a few suggestions based on his expertise in Robot design. Presenting the 2023 Ford Mondeo/Fusion.. I hear they have a pretty good design team in Europe. Perhaps they can clean it up.

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  14. Matt

    Ford please bring this car to the us as a full electric with a reasonable price tag. (I can’t afford the $75,000 Mustang Mach-E that I like).
    I have owned three Fusions and love them all.
    The hatchback will make this vehicle competitive with SUVs and help owners do what they need to do, but also have a sedan like ride that doesn’t look like every other SUV.
    Please make the vehicle in the USA or Canada.

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  15. Matt

    Also, I love the exterior styling and the interior.
    Please bring the Fusion/ Mondeo back to the USA.

    Reply

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