Similiar but Different: Ford Debuts European-Only Mondeo Wagon and Hatchback, Americans Get Fusion Instead

By Trevor Dorchies | September 06, 2012
Yes, Ford does sell its vehicles in other countries, many of which we’ll never get in America. Meet the Ford Mondeo wagon and hatchback, both of which debuted in Europe today. Don’t get too excited though as the Mondeo falls into the category of “not coming to America anytime soon,” so don’t ask. However, if it’s any consolation, the Mondeo is based off of the upcoming 2013 Ford Fusion sedan—the sedan versions of each car are nearly identical—hence the similar look. The Mondeo has always been offered in sedan, wagon, and hatchback form, and this latest version is no exception. Still, a Mondeo wagon and hatchback variant for Europe only stings for certain American buyers. Adding insult to injury is the six-speed manual transmission available in the European Mondeo, too. A manual transmission is only available on mid-range EcoBoost 1.6-liter versions in the U.S. A distinctive trait native to the Mondeo is the rear windshield wiper that spans the entire length of the back window. This massive wiper lifts up to give way to the cargo hold but you can’t see that unless you actually have something to load in. The wagon variant shares similar lines to its sedan sibling like the broad rear-wheel fenders. Like the 2013 Ford Fusion, the Mondeo will be offered in Energi plug-in and hybrid form as well as with Ford’s new 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which is rated at 125 horsepower. According to the Blue Oval’s engineer crew responsible for creating the miniature EcoBoost mill, it’s capable of hitting 50 to 55 mpg.
Continuing with the Dearborn-based automaker’s plan of consolidating development and marketing costs, aptly named “One Ford,” it will launch two more vehicles across the pond already seen here. Ford has already launched the Kuga, also known as the Escape here, earlier this year, and the Mustang will finally become available across the pond as well. Before Ford decided to import the Mustang to Europe, interested owners would have to pay various import taxes to get their hands on one. Should America also get the Mondeo wagon and hatchback as part of the 2013 Ford Fusion range? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: Ford