Ford has been forced to put back the launch of its new Mondeo. The car was originally slated to hit UK dealers in June 2013, but is now more likely to go on sale in September next year.
A spokesperson explained that the delays are due to Ford having to “work through various issues to ensure a robust and high-quality launch”. As a result, the original April date for models to begin rolling off the production line in Genk, Belgium, had to be pushed back by a few months.
The brand new Mondeo will be sold around the world, mostly in unchanged format. It’s already available to order in America, where it’s badged the Fusion. Ford says the delays here relate to adapting spec levels and quality to ensure that when the Fusion arrives in Europe as the Mondeo, it will appeal to the market’s particular tastes. In the meantime, Ford will continue to sell the current Mondeo here in the UK.
The European-specification car will be officially unveiled to the public at the Paris Motor Show in September. Full engine details will be released at the same time, with the range set to include hybrid and plug-in hybrid models – the latter capable of around 140mpg. These will be sold alongside 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDCi diesels and Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engines.
When the new Mondeo finally arrives in UK dealers, it’s expected to cost a little more than the current model, which starts from £18,100.