Next generation plans still uncertain though

The Ford Mondeo will reportedly live on until the mid-2020s, but it's not clear if the car will be renewed for another generation.

The company is preparing a facelifted model due to be launch later this year, and which was last spied in March this year during cold weather testing.

According to Autocar, the revised Mondeo will not only feature updated exterior styling, but a completely reworked dashboard incorporating the design themes and large floating touchscreen seen on the latest Focus and Fiesta.

In addition to this there will be more safety equipment, and a new 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, codenamed Panther.

With Ford's US division recently announcing plans to kill off all passenger cars that aren't the Mustang or the pseudo-crossover Focus Active, the Mondeo's US cousin Fusion will be no more come 2020.

This means Ford of Europe will have to go it alone in upgrading and replacing the Mondeo. The magazine believes the European arm's finances are robust enough to keep the Mondeo going until the middle of the next decade.

A decision, though, will need to be made between 2020 and 2022 about the Mondeo's next generation, and that's where things get dicey. Without an American twin, Ford of Europe will need to develop an all-new model for projected volumes of around 60,000 per year.

That's a far cry from 1993 when the Mondeo sold around 350,000 units across Europe.

If Ford does decide to bring out a fifth-generation model, it might use a stretched and widened version of the C2 platform underpinning the latest Focus.