The facelifted Ford Mondeo has been spied again, this time in wagon form during hot weather testing in Southern Europe.
Expected to be officially revealed later this year or early next, the Mondeo's mid-life facelift will likely combine a subtle exterior refresh with a technology upgrade to keep it competitive against the likes of the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat.
A revised front bumper remains hidden behind the swirly black-and-white camouflage, as do what appear to be minor changes to the tail-lights.
It's believed the updated Mondeo will get a similar look to the related US-market Ford Fusion, which was updated earlier this year, though the two model lines have had distinct personalities of late, meaning the European version should still have a relatively unique look – there's also no wagon version of the Fusion, either.
Other changes are likely to include the introduction of Ford's new Co-Pilot 360 safety suite, which includes driver assistance systems like autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist. Ford recently announced that it will rollout this package across all its model lines over the coming years.
Finally, the Mondeo hybrid offered overseas is believed to get a boost in electric range courtesy of a larger 9.0kWh battery pack – making for a zero-emissions range of around 40 kilometres.
In terms of timing, the Mondeo could debut as early as the Paris motor show in October. Should that be the case, we'd expect Australian models to start hitting showrooms mid- to late-2019.
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