2019 Ford Mondeo facelift spotted in the UK

Volkswagen Passat rival will receive a range of styling tweaks and a new hybrid estate variant

Ford will follow up the recent launch of its new Focus hatchback with an updated Mondeo, due to arrive next year and spotted in disguise on UK roads.

Caught partially camouflaged on a transporter in Bedfordshire, and also seen without disguise on the road, the revised Skoda Superb rival will receive minor styling tweaks to its front and rear bumpers, a new grille design, slimmer headlights and a new LED rear light profile. A new horizontal chrome bar also links the tail-lights across the tailgate. The changes have been previewed by the US-market Ford Fusion, which was updated at the end of 2016.

Our spy photographer also captured the new Mondeo’s interior, revealing that automatic models will receive a rotary gear selector. This frees up space for larger cupholders and an additional storage bin in the centre console. Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system should carry over largely unchanged.

The updated Fusion also featured new technology on the range-topping V6 model, including continuously variable dampers and a new camera-based pothole detection system that works alongside the dampers to cushion the worst bumps in the road. Given the V6 won’t be used in the Mondeo, it’s not clear yet if UK customers will be offered this tech. 

What we do know is that the 2019 Mondeo will receive a hybrid variant of the estate model for the first time. This allies a 2.0-litre petrol engine with a 1.4kWh lithium ion battery and regenerative braking.

Ford also offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion, called the Energi, which could in theory be brought over here if it can pass WLTP homologation. Nothing has been confirmed, however.

We’re expecting to see the facelifted Mondeo fairly early next year, with its public debut possibly coming at the Geneva Motor Show

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Source: Autocar Online

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