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Old 09-03-2011, 10:23 AM   #1
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Default New Mondeo spied

You’ve already seen Ford’s stunning Evos concept, and now here’s the car it’s set to inspire! These sensational spy shots are our first glimpse at the next-generation Mondeo, due in 2013, and just as we revealed in last week’s mag, its sleek design will stick closely to Ford’s Frankfurt concept.

Key to the Evos’ new face is a familiar element – the big, inverted trapezoidal front grille already seen on the Fiesta, Focus and C-Max – but it’s now much higher up, replacing the old thin top grille. The badge has been refined and jumps onto the bonnet and two very slim and angular headlamps frame the new mouth.
Don’t think those great lights are too conceptual to make production either, as Ford European design boss, Martin Smith boldly asserted: “Future production cars will have headlamps so akin to this concept you won’t notice the difference.”

Take a look at the new Mondeo’s nose, and even through the heavy camouflage those slot-like lights are visible. So too is the outline of the large upper grille stretching almost to within touching distance of the lamps. Underneath a neat horizontal intake flanked by foglights is also visible. According to global design boss J Mays, “this design is about being more sophisticated, pared down and definitive, it doesn’t provoke, it seduces.”

A concept version of the Mondeo, much closer to production, is widely tipped to break cover at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, before going on sale 12 months after that. As you’d expect, the show car’s quadruple gull-wing doors and massive wheels won’t make the showrooms, but key features will. These include the two taut feature lines, bulging rear wheel arches and raked back window graphic on each side, plus the thinner-looking front windscreen A-pillars.

As well as a wide range of EcoBoost petrol engines and 2.0 TDCi models with higher fuel efficiency than ever, the powertrain from the C-Max Energi concept car, which debuted in Detroit earlier this year, is also expected to be offered. It combines a range-extending 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver over 500 miles between fill-ups, and zero-emissions range of around 50 miles.

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