And it's a lifted wagon.
When Ford initially announced the end of all non-crossover and SUV models, it put in only two exclusions. The Mustang, obviously, and the Ford Focus Active (basically a lifted Focus hatchback). But before the Focus Active was even offered in the US, the idea was scrapped mainly due to concerns over tariffs, since the car is built in China. We thought this would be the end of the story, but Ford has since been spotted testing a lifted wagon prototype covered in body cladding.
According to a report from Car And Driver, the Ford Fusion Active will arrive in the United States, picking up where the Focus Active never got started, as a lifted wagon alternative to the Subaru Outback. This report seems to confirm an earlier rumor of Ford working on a wagon model that would be similar to existing options from Subaru, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo.
Only 1.4 percent of new car sales in the US are wagons but 85.7 percent of that amount is accounted for by the Outback. Ford thinks it can steal some of those sales. We expect the car to look just like the Fusion's European counterpart, the Mondeo Wagon, only with lifted suspension and body cladding. The current Mondeo Wagon is one of the prettiest cars in its segment, so the Fusion Active could be a more stylish alternative to the Outback and the discontinued Buick Regal TourX.
To avoid the wagon stigma, Ford will likely market the Fusion Active as a crossover. Power should come from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and pricing is expected to be between $30,000 to $40,000. It will reportedly hit dealers in 2021 but the coronavirus pandemic has thrown off a lot of automaker timelines, so the Fusion Active's status remains a mystery. Challenging the dominance of the Subaru Outback is no easy task but we are still excited to see if Ford will make an attempt.