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We’ve previously seen the facelifted CD391 Ford Mondeo (known as the Fusion in North America) with front and rear camo cladding – the refreshed fifth-gen model has finally been spotted completely undisguised undergoing road trials in Michigan by our spy photographers.

Rear badging reveals the Fusion facelift variant to be a Sport, and the photos reveal that the front end of the finished product pretty much tallies with that seen in what was an unintentional reveal of the car through a corporate presentation slide.

On a revised bumper sits a smaller aperture grille, which features a honeycomb pattern design in the same vein as the Focus ST, and the previously round foglamps have now been replaced with rectangular units. The headlamp profile has also been tapered, and the result is a much tauter-looking front.

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At the back, the masking tape previously seen in spyshots has come off, and finally reveals what was hidden – a chrome panel strip that bridges the new tail lamps. In line with current Ford design direction, the redesigned units have a thinner profile, and now extend to meet the number plate recess.

The result is a much wider looking rear end; it’s arguably a bit too heavy-set right now and makes the rear end ponderous to the eye from dead-on centre. As the side profile shows, the rest of the car has been left well alone. Those double five-spoke pattern wheels work on this one, for sure.

Again, like on the first spyshot set of the car back in August, the Fusion Sport seen here features twin circular exhaust tailpipes – more recent spy pix showed the single circular pipe tip common to the current Fusion. In terms of presentation, there’s also recessed, flush-to-bumper twin pipe receptacles, the latter as seen on the Malaysian Mondeo, which comes from Europe.

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No interior pix yet, but the cabin should undoubtedly feature reworked bits. As for powertrain choices, the car should get the new twin-scroll 2.0 litre EcoBoost unit (first seen on the Edge), and a trumped up ST variant is said to be on the cards – rumours abound that it could be equipped with a 2.7 litre V6 turbo, but more likely is the 2.3 litre EcoBoost four-pot as seen on the Mustang 2.3, with a different output tune.

The CD391 Mondeo made its global debut in Amsterdam back in late 2012, and as the North American Fusion earlier that year, and as the photos now show, the mid-cycle facelift isn’t very far away from market deployment.

The fifth-gen Mondeo was launched in Malaysia last May. Read our first drive impressions of the 2.0 EcoBoost version.