The decline in sales that the Ford Mondeo has experienced in recent years has pushed the oval brand to transform its saloon into a coupe-bodied SUV. This body change could also be accompanied by a new nomenclature and electrified mechanics.
We have to go back to 1992 to remember the beginnings of the Ford Mondeo. Throughout its five generations and more than twenty-five years on the global market, the model has always been presented in the saloon format . However, the future Mondeo will put aside this philosophy that has given so much success to convert it into a crossover coupe . With this decision, Ford seeks to present a more modern and youthful range, adapted to the tastes and needs of the current market.
As we already know, the market trend has changed significantly in recent years causing a sharp decline in sales of traditional saloons and minivans . Faced with this situation, vehicle manufacturers have been forced to adapt their catalog to new fashions, presenting mostly new SUVs and crossovers. Following this same line, we find the last two proposals of the manufacturer: the Ford Puma and the Kuga .
As with other brand proposals, the new Ford Mondeo will be a “world-car”, that is, a product that with a series of minimal changes, will be marketed in the United States, Europe or China . In addition, as several international media point out, it is very likely that the car will be renamed Mondeo Evos . And more if we take into account that Ford registered this name last year.
The first prototypes have already hit the streets and are in full development phase. After seeing the first moving images, we can see a silhouette that bears certain similarities to that of the Ford Evos Concept presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2011 . In addition, the British medium Auto Express has produced a recreation that anticipates what the final appearance of the model could be like.
Either way, this is an SUV with a coupe body that will sport a large hexagonal grille on its front flanked by thin LED daytime running lights . The profile of the car shows sharp wheel arches and a raised beltline. Although there is no image of the interior, the new Ford Mondeo Evo is expected to have some of the technological solutions that we have seen in the Ford Mustang Mach-E . Among them, a huge screen stretched across the top of the dash in true Mercedes and BMW style .
The mechanical details of the new Mondeo Evos are still kept under wraps. But considering that the spy photos portray units with exhaust intakes, we can say that at least initially, it will not be a completely electric model . In this sense, Ford will turn to plug-in hybrid technology first . Most versions could be associated with a selection of three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines , with an all-wheel drive system as an option.