Camouflaged like there’s no tomorrow, the pre-production mule shows a shark-fin antenna, pop-out door handles, a conventional trunk lid instead of the liftback design of the Evos for the Chinese market, and pretty much the same front-end styling as the Evos for the Middle Kingdom. The door-mounted side mirrors give this fellow a low-slung appearance, while the sloping roofline creates the impression of a coupe rather than a sedan.
Shod in summer tires wrapped around double-spoke alloy wheels with a black finish, the Mondeo-succeeding model is equipped with tiny brake rotors that feel lost within the barrels of the wheels. That may indicate a relatively small motor, and FWD is a given based on the car’s overall proportions.
Be it the outgoing CD4 platform or the C2 vehicle architecture of the Maverick unibody pickup truck, Ford will obviously roll out all-wheel drive as an optional extra. The same can be said about the 2.5-liter Duratec hybrid and PHEV engines of the Kuga, which are entering production at the Valencia, Spain complex in late 2022, according to the Ford Motor Company.
Speaking of electrification, the Blue Oval intends to go fully electric by 2030 in the Old Continent. In the first instance, Ford promises that every single passenger vehicle in the European lineup will go plug-in hybrid or electric by the middle of 2026 unless another chip shortage spoils this plan.