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Ford Mondeo 2022: next-generation sedan not for Australia, likely to be a China-exclusive

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The fifth-generation Mondeo will launch in China this year, but an Australian release appears out of the question


Ford has officially announced the new Mondeo at Ford’s China Design Centre in Shanghai yesterday, featuring a new design language and up-to-date technology.

Unfortunately, the new-gen Mondeo is unlikely to be sold in Australia after the fourth generation car was discontinued here in 2020. In 2016, Ford’s other large-sized sedan, the Falcon, also ceased production (as a result of Australian vehicle manufacturing being wound up), as the Blue Oval brand switched its focus towards SUVs and utilities/pick-ups. 

But as Ford’s headline global sedan for almost 30 years, the Mondeo is destined to live on elsewhere in the world. 

Ford Mondeo 2022 side view
The Ford Mondeo is longer and wider for its fifth generation

Now 23mm wider and 63mm longer than its already-large predecessor, the fifth-generation Mondeo is designed to provide an even more comfortable ride for rear-seat passengers, despite the exterior of the car having been made very sleek to accentuate its coupe-style roofline.

The new Mondeo will be based on the same platform as its SUV cousin, the Evos, that Ford Australia may one day decide to import here, however nothing has been confirmed just yet. 

While Ford China is remaining quiet about what drivetrains will feature in the new Mondeo, a previous Chasing Cars article outlined that two engines will be offered, the larger of which being a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 175kW and 376Nm

Ford Mondeo 2022 rendering
The new Mondeo is likely to be a China exclusive and not for sale in Australia

We are also yet to see interior shots of the new Mondeo, though it is expected to receive many of the same technologies as its Evos sibling, including a huge 1.1-metre screen that runs across the entire dashboard and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the driver. 

The fifth-generation Mondeo will be built in Ford’s Shanghai plant and will be delivered to Ford customers in China during 2022 according to the company’s press release.