At the disposal of Autoevolution were spy shots of the prototype coupe-like crossover Ford, which will take the place of Mondeo. The novelty is currently undergoing road tests in Germany.
Journalists suggest that the model will become the European equivalent of the Ford Evos for the Chinese market, although the crossovers have a number of differences. The prototype in the photos has less ground clearance and different body proportions, which makes it more like a sedan. The Chinese Evos, in turn, is a cross-coupe, with a sloping roof and a short rear overhang.
On the prototype, you can see the sliding door handles, and the exhaust pipes are visible in the back – this indicates that the model will receive a traditional internal combustion engine or a hybrid power plant. Motor1.com believes the unnamed model will replace the Mondeo in Europe, which will be sent to rest next year.
Mondeo, which has been in production for 29 years, will be removed from the assembly line in March 2022. The automaker explains this decision by “changing consumer preferences”: instead of sedans and station wagons, they increasingly choose crossovers. So, in 2020, crossovers and SUVs accounted for 39 percent of Ford’s total sales. There is also a second reason – the adjustment of the European line, which the company intends to completely transfer to electric traction by 2030.