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The Ford Fusion May Survive Ford's Mass Assault On Sedans

But won't be how you remembered it.

Ford turned a lot of heads when it announced the end of all of its production cars, except for the Mustang and Focus Active. Models like the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, and Taurus have been made all-but irrelevant thanks to SUV sales. This news comes at a time when Ford was gearing up to redesign the Fusion, but these plans have now been cancelled - or so we thought. Bloomberg reports that the Fusion may live on, but not as as a sedan like it has been in the past.

Before the Fusion was ever sold as a four-door sedan in the US, the name was used in Europe on a high-roof MPV based on the Fiesta. The Fusion's European sibling, the Mondeo, is also sold as a wagon. It appears Ford may embrace the Fusion's roots, and replace the current sedan with a high-roof hatchback model. Sources familiar with Ford's plan indicate that the new Fusion will likely be a competitor for the Subaru Outback, which sells very well particularly in the northern half of the US. Though it will morph into a sort of SUV/wagon, the Fusion will likely retain its current mechanical underpinnings.

If this rumor turns out to be true, it seems like a smart move for Ford. SUVs are currently outselling sedans, and the company has already built up equity with the Fusion name. We wouldn't object to a new Fusion Sport, with the same 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 producing 325 horsepower.

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