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Ford wants Fusion to rival Subaru Outback

Ford wants Fusion to rival Subaru Outback image

Anton Andres / Ford | July 12, 2018 12:19

A wagon-based crossover may be in the pipeline for Ford

As the automotive world now knows, Ford Motor Company's US division has let go of cars in favor of crossovers. The Mustang aside, the American automaker has discontinued the Fiesta, Focus, Taurus and Fusion in its home market. However, the Fusion, their midsize sedan, might live on as a somewhat different vehicle.

Automotive News reports that Ford is keeping the Fusion name alive to be reborn as a crossover. Their report specifically stated that it will become a rival to the Subaru Outback. The publication stated that their source came from an unnamed Ford official who is close to the matter.

With that, it hints that Ford is taking the raised station wagon look for the future Fusion since they did mention the Subaru Outback as one of its key rivals. It is yet to be known what Ford's specific plans are at the moment. What is possible is Ford USA sourcing the wagon bodies from Europe where the Fusion is sold as the Mondeo, and that comes with a station wagon body.

Should this plan come to fruition, there will be nine crossovers and SUVs in Ford's US stable. It currently consists of the EcoSport, Escape, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex (to be discontinued soon), Explorer (all-new model due 2019) and the Expedition. The Ford Focus will arrive there as a crossover with the Active label in the US.

Given that Ford is building on their Active line across the Atlantic, this may also signal the possibility of it being called the Fusion Active or Mondeo Active. The company's rivals have been building wagon-based crossovers for quite some time now. There's the aforementioned Subaru Outback, Volkswagen has the Passat Alltrack while Buick has the Regal TourX, which is essentially a rebadged an Opel Insignia Country Tourer.

Source: Automotive News