Ford Fusion Lives On In China, Gets Tesla-Style Display With SYNC4
Just over a month ago, Ford finally ceased production of the Fusion in North America in a move announced a few years ago. Its European cousin, the Mondeo, is still on sale after a full facelift from 2019 and the model will also be living in China for at least another model year.
It’s important to note that the Chinese version of the car also carries the Mondeo moniker, but is actually closer to the Fusion’s final facelift in terms of exterior looks. Meanwhile, the European-spec Mondeo maintains a more refined appearance with the ST-Line and Vignale appearance packages available in sedan and wagon versions.
The interior of the Chinese Mondeo is very different, however. It gets a new 12.8-inch vertical screen with an adapted version of Ford’s SYNC4 infotainment system. In an official press release last year, the manufacturer announced that the system is called SYNC + in the People’s Republic and is powered by Baidu’s artificial intelligence technology. It includes live updates and an NXP i.MX 8 multi-core vehicle processor.
For the 2020 model year, the Chinese Mondeo is available with two powertrain options. Both run on gasoline and are equipped with turbochargers, the more powerful offering 200 horsepower (149 kilowatts) compared to 180 hp (134 kW) for the entry-level model. Both engines are offered exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission with rotary selector.
Prices for the local market start at 192,800 Chinese Yuan, which equates to around $ 28,176. There are a total of four trim levels and four exterior colors available, as well as several optional features. For comparison, the European Mondeo starts at € 28,190 (German price), or around $ 33,237 at current exchange rates.