Ford Europe Jumps on the Pseudo-Coupe Bandwagon
Autobild [print edition] reports that Ford of Europe is planning an upmarket four-door coupe. Ford's "CD" platform– upon which the Mondeo is based– is both highly flexible and expensive. So FoMoCo's using it for two generations of Mondeo (spanning 15 years) and spread it over numerous model variants. The new generation of Mondeo family members will be introduced in 2012 (what… not in 2010?), including the S-Max minivan, a station wagon, possibly a two-door convertible-coupe and an expanded seven- seater version of the successful Kuga CUV. The coupe version is a showcase for a new design motif featuring a segmented grille, new-shape headlights and geometric air intakes. (It looks ungainly on paper, but one can assume that Ford– or at least Andrei Avarvarii– will get it right.) The move upmarket will have technical elements as well: steering-based tracking control, radar-supported cruise control, automatic parking, micro-hybrid trickery and (relatively) clean Urea-supported AdBlu Diesel machines. Ford, we hardly know ye… Only one question: is there a market for yet another four-door pseudo-coupe, following the Mercedes CLS and the Passat CC?
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