The forthcoming 2023 Ford Mondeo could return to the United States, at some point next year. The Mondeo, a mid-size family car called after the Latin word for globe, debuted in the Ford range in 1993. Since then, it was a huge success for almost two decades. The family vehicle, which was last completely updated in 2014, will be phased out in March when manufacturing at the Valencia, Spain assembly plant comes to an end.
What will the successor’s name be? That is debatable, but the Blue Oval has already been granted rights to the Mondeo Evos brand by the European Union Intellectual Property Office. The next-generation model, known as Fusion Active in North America, is now undergoing hot-weather testing in south Europe in preparation for a 2022 introduction.
2023 Mondeo Spy Shots
The pre-production 2023 Ford Mondeo test mule wears a lot of camouflage and has a shark-fin antenna, pop-out door handles, a normal trunk lid rather than the liftback design of the Evos for the Chinese market. On top of that, the front fascia looks the same as the front-end style on the Evos for the Middle Kingdom. This guy has a low-slung look thanks to the door-mounted side mirrors, and the sloping roofline gives the impression of a coupe rather than a sedan.
The Mondeo-succeeding model comes with small brake rotors that feel lost within the barrels of the wheels. We can also spot summer tires wrapped around double-spoke alloy wheels with a black finish. That might imply a tiny engine, and FWD configuration is a certainty as well.
Inside the cabin, the new 2023 Ford Mondeo will gain a redesigned dashboard. On top of that, we expect to see larger touchscreen options. On the other hand, we don’t know if the manufacture will employ SYNC3 or the next-gen SYNC4 infotainment.
Anyway, the goal is to provide more high-tech features and more upright materials. The Mondeo model is far from a luxury model. However, its Vignale variant will provide a lot of premium stuff.
Whether it’s the aging CD4 platform or the C2 of the Maverick unibody pickup truck, Ford will undoubtedly offer all-wheel drive as an option. The 2023 Ford Mondeo will most likely arrive with a 2.5-liter Duratec hybrid and PHEV engines of the Kuga crossover. This output will develop around 225 horsepower and it will also provide 34 miles of driving range, thanks to a 10.3 kWh battery.
In terms of electricity, the Blue Oval wants to go entirely electric across Europe by 2030. In the first instance, Ford guarantees that by the middle of 2026, every passenger car in the European range will be plug-in hybrid or electric, unless another chip shortage reschedules the original plan.
2023 Ford Mondeo Release Date, Price
The upcoming 2023 Ford Mondeo will start manufacturing in Spain, early next year. This means the sales will begin later in 2022. The price will be higher, due to the latest upgrades.