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Ford Mondeo 2019 unveiled: new looks but no hybrid for Oz

Ford has whipped the covers off a new Mondeo at the Brussels Motor Show in Belgium, with the updated model to make its way to Australia in the second quarter of this year.

The big news, though, is the introduction of a hybrid-powered wagon, formerly only offered in sedan guise, which pairs Ford’s 2.0-lire petrol engine with an electric motor powered by a 1.4kWh lithium-ion battery.

But while Australia is destined to receive the updated Mondeo before the middle of the year, Ford here says it has no plans to introduce the hybrid powertrain in our market.

“There are no plans to introduce the hybrid powertrain in the Mondeo range at this stage. But we will continue with the EcoBoost and the diesel engine line-up,” a Ford spokesperson told CarsGuide.

The Mondeo range has undergone what Ford calls an “enhancement” rather than an overhaul, with refreshed trapezoidal grille at the front-end, and new fog lights and LED DRLs.

At the back, new C-shaped rear lights, with satin chrome or silver trims depending on the trim level, headline some fairly minor changes. There are new alloy wheel options, interior trims and exterior colours, too.

New engine options internationally now include a new 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel, offered in two outputs - 110kW or 140kW - and paired with an eight-speed automatic. Elsewhere, though, the 2.0-litre petrol engine, good for 149kW or 177kW - will continue.

Expect the Ford Mondeo to arrive in the second quarter of 2019.

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