Does the car above, posing fancifully in white, look familiar? Well, it should. Although it wears Mondeo badges in the form you see above for the Chinese market – as it does in Europe – the car is basically the same thing sold in the US as the Ford Fusion. Of course, it’s what’s under that shapely skin that counts.

Ford has chosen the Shanghai Motor Show as the venue at which to unveil its 1.5-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. We’d heard about the engine before, but now we have a few performance estimates to share: 133 kW of power (about 178 horsepower) and 240 Nm of torque (about 177 pound-feet).

Those numbers pretty much confirm previous rumors indicating about 177 in each category, and it’s right on par with what Ford’s own 1.6-liter EcoBoost produces. Ford is claiming best-in-class fuel economy as well, but no specific figures have yet been provided. In any case, we’ll surely have all the data soon enough, as the 1.5-liter engine is destined for the US Fusion in 2014.

Ford will also offer a 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the Chinese Mondeo that puts out 178 kW (239 horsepower) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft). All that and more can be found in the press release below.

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By Jeremy Korzeniewski