- leaked images of a camouflaged prototype seem to show a new version of the ford fusion with a station-wagon shape.
- this fuels the rumor that the fusion nameplate will return on a new model that will be a subaru outback rival.
- possibly called the fusion active, we expect this car to debut sometime in 2021.
the ford fusion is dead, long live the ford fusion. while the mid-size sedan as we know it is gone, it seems that there's credence to the speculation about a new fusion that will take a different form. if these leaked photos are to be believed, this is our first look at the next fusion (called the mondeo in other markets), which will be marketed in the u.s. as a lifted all-wheel-drive station wagon in the vein of the popular subaru outback.
we're not sure where the camouflaged images originate from, but they're circulating on various instagram accounts and chinese websites. a few important clues point to its identity as a ford. the front grille looks like many other current fords, and there's a cutout perfectly shaped for the blue oval logo. and around back, this version has a clear station-wagon profile, with a small window aft of the c-pillar and a gently sloping rear hatch.
the slim headlights create a much more futuristic face, and they're connected by a metallic bar that runs across the width of the car. and the interior will benefit from a modern makeover as well, with a set of screens that stretches across the entire dashboard. we've seen big touchscreens from ford, but nothing quite like this, as it almost looks like a single piece of glass that extends all the way onto the passenger's side of the dashboard.
while these photos don't reveal the car's height or body cladding, we're expecting the fusion to have a lifted suspension and black plastic cladding to give it an suv-esque stance. it will likely have standard all-wheel drive to best compete with the outback.
ford has yet to say anything official about the new fusion, but we expect it to arrive sooner rather than later. a debut sometime in 2021 isn't out of the question, meaning the fusion active may go on sale by the time the 2022 model year rolls around.