Ford Mondeo facelift (2010): the spy photos | CAR Magazine

New Ford Mondeo | 2010 | Spy shots | News

Published: 21 May 2010 Updated: 26 January 2015

Ford will usher in a new facelifted Mondeo in autumn 2010. The 2011-spec Ford Mondeo will have a revised design to bring it in line with the S-Max and Galaxy MPV twins and a suite of engineering changes under the skin to keep it up with the competition.

Ford’s facelifted Mondeo: what’s what

Our new spy photos capture the buffed-up Mondeo in Germany. That light disguise around the nose hides a new front fascia with a tweaked grille (à la new Focus) and new LED day running lights on higher models, apeing the snout of the S-Max. At the rear, expect new LED lamps with a fresh graphic and is that a gently reprofiled lip spoiler?

The stylists are clearly trying to inject more Kinetic Design into the Mondeo to bring it in line with the rest of the family. The Mondeo remains a crucial car for Ford in the UK; it’s the third most popular after the Fiesta and Focus.

When will we see the facelifted Mondeo?

In September 2010, probably at the Paris motor show. That’s when we’ll get to see inside the new family car, whose cabin is said to be much spruced up. And there will be tech galore, including lane departure tech, radar cruise control, blindspot eliminating mirrors and auto-dipping headlights.

What about the engineering changes on the 2011 Mondeo?

See those twin exhaust pipes in the rear scoop photo? That signifies the new EcoBoost 2.0-litre turbo, expected to turn out 237bhp and 258lb ft of grunt from its turbocharged and variably breathing four cylinders. It will be mated to the PowerShift twin-clutch transmission, but the Blue Oval’s smaller 1.6 EcoBoost turbo is not currently planned.

Obviously, most buyers in this segment prefer diesel and Ford will launch a new, cleaner 2.2-litre TDCI with around 197bhp and available with manual or auto transmissions. It’s the same engine that’ll pop up in various Peugeots, Citroëns and Land Rovers.

Our moles suggest there will also be changes to the chassis, designed to spruce up NVH and make the Mondeo more refined.

Will the facelift affect all three Mondeo bodystyles?

Yep. However, Ford stopped selling the four-door saloon in Britain four months ago; demand slumped to the level at which it became inconsequential, so you can only buy the five-door hatch and estate in the UK.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words