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2022 Ford Mondeo returns! But Australia to miss out on new Toyota Camry, Mazda 6 and Hyundai Sonata-rivalling sedan

The 2022 Ford Mondeo will remain exclusive to China for now, and borrows many styling cues from the Evos crossover

Ford has officially revealed its all-new Mondeo sedan, but Australians holding out hope that the long-running mid-sizer would return to local showrooms should look away now.

And that’s because the fifth-generation Mondeo will be a China-exclusive model, built in partnership with Changan Automobile, and adds to Ford’s growing list of exciting international vehicles not on the table for Australia.

Ford Australia has been very clear about its intentions for the Mondeo, which is that it has no plans for the nameplate after its discontinuation in mid-2020 as the market continues to pivot away from passenger vehicles into SUVs.

If you are thinking the 2022 Mondeo looks a bit familiar though, that’s because it cribs many aesthetic elements from the Evos crossover revealed in April 2021.

From the front, Ford’s new enlarged grille dominates, and is flanked by slender headlights conjoined by a light-up strip.

However, the Mondeo ditches the Evos’ gloss-black wheelarch cladding and chunky underbody scuff plates in favour of a much more conventional sedan styling and ride height.

Ford has tried to play up the coupe-like look of the new Mondeo with a steeply raked rear window design, as well as a contrasting black roof and window surrounds.

In the rear, a subtle spoiler can be glimpsed, while the doors also feature heavy sculpting to look dynamic in varying lighting conditions.

Premium elements like flush-fitting door handles are also included, while the rear badge is touch-sensitive and opens the powered tailgate.

Ford is also promising more rear passenger space thanks to the new Mondeo being 23mm wider and 63mm longer than before, while its overall dimensions of 4935mm long, 1875mm wide, 1500mm high with a 2954mm wheelbase make it nearly as large as the discontinued Falcon.

Full engine specifications are yet to be detailed, but reports indicate it will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine outputting 177kW/376Nm, with drive sent to the front axle via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The new Mondeo will also adopt a hybrid powertrain down the line, much like its closely-related Evos sibling.

While Ford Australia has ruled out reviving the Mondeo nameplate for the local market, speculation still points to a crossover model to fill the gap in its line-up.

Rumours point to the Evos – or Evos derivative – as a possible candidate, with the model expected to be eventually make it out of China and into markets like Europe.

From there, and with right-hand-drive production a possibility, the Evos could make the leap to Australia, bolstering Ford’s local line-up that includes the Puma, Escape, Everest and Ranger, as well as the performance-focused Fiesta ST, Focus ST and Mustang.