Very (very) mild update to include bum-lift for wagon models, ahead of more significant upgrade in the first half of next year.

Ford Australia has confirmed a very mildly-updated MY18.75 Mondeo will launch at the beginning of next year, after it was spied on the roads of Melbourne this week.

Snapped by our very own Mike Stevens, the bum-lifted wagon gets a new tail-light arrangement joined through the middle by a chrome strip – giving the estate-bodied Mondeo a more upmarket look at the rear.

The Blue Oval's local arm confirmed with CarAdvice the updated rear forms part of a running change for the MY18.75 model year, with no other changes made to the range.

There's a more significant upgrade planned for the Mondeo range sometime during the first half of next year. We've seen partially-camouflaged prototypes doing the rounds in Europe already (above and below), though details are still to be confirmed.

It's believed the refreshed Mondeo line-up will see the wider availability of active safety technologies like autonomous emergency braking and lane-keep assist, along with driver-assist tech such as adaptive cruise control.

We'd wager minor upgrades to the interior will also form part of the mid-life refresh, while overseas the plug-in hybrid version will get upgrades to the battery and all-electric driving range. There's no plans to bring the hybrid to Australia, though.

It's unclear whether the current Mondeo's turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will receive any updates with the facelift, though it's possible minor changes will be made to bring the Mondeo in line with the latest emissions regulations in Europe.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest, and let us know what you think of the updated Mondeo wagon in the comments.