What we have here is the 2013 Ford Fusion, also known as the 2013 Ford Mondeo. This long-awaited successor to two megahit cars (the Ford Fusion in North America and the Ford Mondeo in Europe and elsewhere) is going to merge into one car for both model lines. Judging by the looks of the new car (at least what we see so far), both of them are set to be a huge hit.
A look at the heavily camouflaged front grill still reveals that the new Mondeo will take design inspiration from the beautiful Ford Evos concept, especially in the headlights. The indentation of the grill in the camouflage also shows inspiration from the Ford Evos.
The side profile is hard to distinguish in the shot, but to my eyes, it bears similarities to the handsome Lincoln MKS sedan. However, expect that similarity to fade as more of the car is revealed, with a C-piller window looking similar to that on the current Mondeo and the Ford Evos concept with more of an angular variation on the kink.
The tail lights can be seen through the rear camouflage, and they also show major similarities to the Ford Evos concept. This fact alone means they will fit right in with the taillights on the current Ford small car lineup (Fiesta and Focus), but will be much smaller in shape.
Engine options will be fairly predictable, with turbocharged Ecoboost engines. A 2.0 liter Ecoboost similar to the one in the Ford Explorer Ecoboost might replace the V6 option in the American market, but if there’s a Ford Fusion ST option, we can definitely expect the 3.5 liter V6 with turbochargers attached to spit fire all over the midsized sedan crowd. A plug-in hybrid version with the same engine as the Ford C-Max Energi concept should give the entire rest of the midsize hybrid lineup over here a run for its money. A base model should carry over a naturally aspirated 2.0 liter engine, but rumors have already flown regarding a 1.6 liter Ecoboost, and given Ford’s recent love of turbochargers, let’s just say stranger things have happened.
Expect a 5-door hatchback version, a sedan version, and a wagon version. Considering Ford’s recent hatchback onslaught in the US, don’t be surprised to see that option in the USA, and maybe even the wagon version if Ford’s feeling courageous enough. Maybe it could join the Jetta wagon as the only wagon that actually sells in big numbers over here.