Ford Product Blitz Includes 3-Cylinder Mondeo, More Wagons, Mustang For Europe
Ford unveiled a number of new products at its European dealer meeting in Amsterdam, including new crossovers and an all-new Mondeo powered by a three-cylinder engine.
Ford executives discussed numerous products at the meeting, including:
EcoSport: A new small crossover, based on the Fiesta platform, and intended to rival the Nissan Juke. Originally developed for Brazil and Latin America, this second-generation model will be a world car, powered by the 1.0L 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
Mondeo: It’s almost the same as the upcoming 2013 Fusion, thanks to Ford’s OneWorld platform sharing strategy (and the whole “economies of scale” thing) but there are numerous under-the-skin differences, the biggest one being the 1.0L 3-Cylinder engine, which will not be offered Stateside. We will also miss out on a wider range of gasoline engines, diesel powerplants and two body styles; a five-door hatchback (similar to the previous Mazda6 hatchback) and a wagon.
Transit: The Transit will come to our shores as a replacement for the Econoline, and as competition for the Sprinter and the Nissan NV. The gaping maw will shroud an undisclosed diesel engine as well as the 3.5L Ecoboost V6 in America. Europe, predictably, gets all kinds of powertrain options.
Mustang and Edge: No photos or details were released, save for the fact that both cars will be sold in Europe when they get redesigned. The Mustang, obviously, will face stiff competition from all the wonderful sports cars we aren’t entitled to in North America, while the Edge will compete against vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe in Europe.
Fiesta: A new look and a new 3-cylinder engine are the big changes for the Fiesta.
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"The Mustang, obviously, will face stiff competition from all the wonderful sports cars we aren’t entitled to in North America, while the Edge will compete against vehicles like the Hyundai Santa Fe in Europe." Very much an Understatement. I cannot see a Supercharged V8 or a non-aspirated V8, being part of the package. The RWD Mustang will need to compete on performance, price , economy and styling.
The previous generation Mondeo hatch was actually cool. In that it looked like a regular sedan until you lifted the back.