Buried too early, the Ford Mondeo could finally have offspring. This is what let hope prototypes surprised in recent days.
New Ford Mondeo 2022 – The Ford Mondeo soap opera never ceases to experience twists and turns. While the press announced the final withdrawal of the current generation for next year, without being replaced, Ford has just cut the rumors short. Since the beginning of June, camouflaged rolling prototypes, immortalized by the scoop hunters of our colleagues from Autonews, attest to the development of a new sedan. While it is still too early to say with certainty that this new model will be marketed in Europe, there is reason to hope that the Mondeo will return to the catalog.
An unbearable suspense
At the end of 2020, therumor had spread like wildfire : the Ford Mondeo, as it has crisscrossed our roads for almost 30 years, in the form of a brave family sedan, will not experience any succession at the end of its career. Accusing a 46% drop in sales (1,500 copies), on French soil last year, we did not give much for the future of the American in our European latitudes, acquired for the cause of SUVs. Last January, this information tended to be confirmed after the disclosure of spy photos featuring a Ford-badged SUV model.
A planned Evos crossover
Then, in April, Ford formalized the Evos at the Shanghai Motor Show. Obviously, its profile halfway between a sedan and an SUV was akin to the ideal candidate to replace the Mondeo, although the parent company expressly denies it. Saccording to Ford, the Evos will only be destined for the Chinese market, and does not intend to take the place of the illustrious sedan. An announcement that began to sow doubt within the automotive world.
A Mondeo, daughter of Evos?
Until the revelation of the previously mentioned clichés, lifting the veil on a sedan that could not be more classic, not raised, although inheriting many styling details of the Ford Evos. Despite the important camouflage concealing its forms, we clearly identify the light signatures of the SUV, its grille, its mirrors, as well as its flush handles.
Theory of Evolution
Thus, it would appear that Ford is developing a new family of vehicles, both available as a crossover and in the form of a sedan, not to mention a hypothetical station wagon. But who would the brave sedan hunted down by the scoop hunters be destined for? It is hard to imagine his arrival on American soil, insofar as Ford has validated, for several months, his withdrawal from this declining market. And the return of the Mondeo to the European continent seems just as unlikely, as the expected volumes are low.
Reasons to believe
From then on, Ford could once again reserve this Evos sedan for the Chinese market, where it would probably be assembled. But, like the new Citroën C5 X, there is still a tiny chance that the Blue Oval will decide to export a few copies to Europe, if requested. Like what, we probably buried the Mondeo too quickly. In any case, his followers have new reasons to hope for his comeback, starting next year.
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