Ford has quietly announced the 2015 Ford Mondeo will share its platform with several new models from Lincoln

Ford has quietly announced the 2015 Ford Mondeo will share its platform with several new models from Lincoln.

Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Darren Palmer, Ford's assistant global line director for CD platform cars, says "the suspension and platform were developed to be capable for Lincoln as well, so it needs to be state of the art”.

The Mondeo and its U.S. sibling, the Fusion, are based on the global CD4 platform, which underpins the recently revealed Edge SUV, as well as the future S-Max and Galaxy minivans. The first Lincoln to use the sophisticated architecture will be the MKX luxury crossover.

In Europe, Ford will start sales of the new Mondeo before the end of the year. The car will compete against the all-new Volkswagen Passat and the facelifted Opel/Vauxhall Insignia.

According to numbers from market researcher JATO Dynamics, sales of the outgoing Mondeo fell to around 19,000 units for the first five months of the year compared to 22,028 registrations for the same period in 2013.

Note: Ford Mondeo Vignale Concept pictured

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