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Old 01-24-2020, 04:13 PM   #1
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Next Ford Fusion Takes Shape as a Subaru Outback–Style Lifted Wagon


Spy photos of a test mule and a report from Autocar lend more credence to the idea that a new lifted wagon model from Ford will take over the Fusion nameplate.
This Subaru Outback competitor will continue to be based on the Europe-market Ford Mondeo.
Look for it to arrive sometime in 2021, right around when the current Fusion sedan ends production.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a3...n-wagon-spied/



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We now have more proof that the Ford Fusion will soon be recast as a Subaru Outback–style lifted wagon, as was first reported in 2018. The evidence comes both from the spy photos of a prototype test mule you see here and from an Autocar report containing more information about the next-generation Ford Mondeo (the Fusion's Europe-market twin).

If you're a bit confused by the looks of this test mule, that's because it's using a modified body taken from the new Europe-market Ford Focus wagon. This Frankenstein-like creation, which is clearly stretched between the C- and D-pillars, does give us an idea of the size of this new model; its overall proportions and the large tires suggest that it will be a mid-sized crossover wagon larger than the compact Escape and possibly around the same size as the mid-size Edge.

The hot-selling Subaru Outback looks to be its primary target, and it's a sure bet that this reinvented Fusion will have a lifted suspension, all-wheel drive, and black plastic body cladding to adhere to that proven rugged aesthetic.

Autocar's report states that a new generation of the Mondeo, codenamed CD542, is launching in early 2021, and that this wagon variant is slated for the U.S. market. A new Mondeo sedan will be sold across the pond, but only the lifted wagon will make its way across the pond.
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Old 01-24-2020, 04:18 PM   #2
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Looks kinda wonky but i'm sure its not the finished product. I actually kinda like the design to be honest. Give it to me with an ecoboost under $35k with awd please.
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:14 PM   #3
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I don´t like the stupid roof line
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:23 PM   #4
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The roofline looks taped on for the mule.
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:47 PM   #5
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Looks kinda wonky but i'm sure its not the finished product. I actually kinda like the design to be honest. Give it to me with an ecoboost under $35k with awd please.
Specifically, the 2.0L EB. I wouldn't mind an ST version with the 2.3L EB too.
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Old 01-24-2020, 07:56 PM   #6
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Specifically, the 2.0L EB. I wouldn't mind an ST version with the 2.3L EB too.
ST AWD 275hp with 6 speed and also a zf flappy paddle shifter, please.
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Old 01-25-2020, 01:56 AM   #7
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As long as it's not another gottammed CUV, would be more than happy to see the Edge get the ax in exchange for these with turbo and AWD. This could be a basis for a SVT/RS variant in the future in the vein of the other RS wagon from Europe...
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Old 01-25-2020, 03:02 AM   #8
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Doesn't look bad.
Why does it look like there's a problem loading the picture just aft the c-pillar but in all of the pictures? IRL glitch?
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Doesn't look bad.
Why does it look like there's a problem loading the picture just aft the c-pillar but in all of the pictures? IRL glitch?
mule with a tacked on rear end.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:18 AM   #10
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Looks kinda wonky but i'm sure its not the finished product. I actually kinda like the design to be honest. Give it to me with an ecoboost under $35k with awd please.

I wasn't a fan at all of the Aston Martin Fusion look; but, I like this. Now, can they make the production one look good.
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Mule is very much a mule. I would disregard the shape, Nothing to get riled up about in any direction. My guffaw is that this comes after ford withdraws cars from the market, and comes right back to the market With a car that is called....not a car.
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the roof line shows us the direction, like these two abortions




and this is in no way the roof line of an Outback
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the roof line shows us the direction, like these two abortions




and this is in no way the roof line of an Outback
I disagree. To me, it looks like they are trying to raise that back end......that they tacked on to a sedan and thats why it slopes funny the way it does.
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Old 01-27-2020, 10:16 PM   #14
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The images are a stretched Focus wagon mule, as it says in the article.
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Old 01-29-2020, 10:05 AM   #15
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Still quite tuned in for this one, hoping for a much better effort than the volvo based ford wagon from around y2k. Also super amused by nomenclature, stop calling them cars so you can sell cars in the US market again after retracting cars from your lineup in the US.
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