- Minor facelift for the evergreen Mondeo is imminent
- Hybrid will no longer be limited to just Saloon format
- Other changes will be superficial in nature
After our Deputy Editor spotted one in the wild on UK roads earlier in the summer, Ford has confirmed the Mondeo will indeed be refreshed for 2019.
We already had an inkling a facelift was likely, as the Mondeo’s North American sibling model - the Fusion (unrelated to the Fiesta-based car of the same name previously sold here), received a minor nip and tuck months earlier.
Facelifting the Mondeo now makes sense given the relative freshness of its main rival, the Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, as well as the visually appealing Peugeot 508 Fastback. The Mazda 6 has just been refreshed, plus impending updates in 2019 for the Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat.
What’s changed about the 2019 Ford Mondeo?
Unfortunately, we were unable to snatch a photo of the rear of the revised Mondeo Estate we saw, but we can confirm that like the rear of the Fusion, it features revised rear lamp clusters linked by a chrome-look horizontal trim bar across much of the tailgate’s width.
Those North American Fusions also feature subtle alterations at the front with a reshaped grille and modified headlamps, changes that are sensible to expect for the Mondeo.
Also likely are minor improvements for the interior, perhaps with the availability of the fully digital instrumentation as seen on the recently-tweaked Mustang Fastback and Convertible.
Further visual changes are likely to be limited to superficial details such as new seat upholstery and a rejigged exterior colour palette.
Will there be more Ford Mondeo hybrids or an electric version?
Ford has sold a hybrid version of the current Mondeo Saloon since its introduction at the end of 2014, but four-door cars aren’t usually favoured as much as other bodystyles for this size of car in the UK and across much of Europe.
A hybrid version of the Estate has been confirmed and should add greater appeal than the current offering.
Currently the Mondeo Hybrid Saloon uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine in conjunction with an electric motor to drive the front wheels. A 1.4kWh battery is located behind the rear seats while regenerative braking is standard. Power is rated at 187hp, while CO2 emissions sit at 108g/km of CO2, so it’s likely that a similarly propelled version of the Estate would be slightly higher.
Whatever changes do occur, there won’t be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or battery electric (BEV) version of this generation of the Mondeo, despite the former being sold in North America as the Fusion Energi.
What else do we know about the 2019 Ford Mondeo?
Not much else at this stage, other than we expect the existing three bodystyles to continue to be offered, while the petrol and diesel engines are likely to continue unchanged as well.
Equipment grades will doubtless be close to the existing hierarchy with a flagship Mondeo Vignale at the top of the range, while all trim levels will feature improved levels of standard equipment.