Would you buy one if it looked like this?
The 2020 Ford Fusion went out with a whimper. Ford discontinued its midsize sedan earlier this month as part of a grander plan to eliminate non-SUVs and trucks from its lineup. Along with the Fusion, the Fiesta, Focus, and Taurus were also casualties. Ford has plenty of exciting products in the pipeline, including the new Bronco and Bronco Sport, next-generation F-150, and the Mustang Mach-E. However, we still believe the Blue Oval made a mistake by entirely shunning the sedan market.
Sedan sales may not be what they used to be, but they still represent a massive portion of the market. If Ford were to continue with a next-generation Fusion (also known as the Mondeo in Europe), here's what it might look like, courtesy of rendering artist Kleber Silva.
Silva's design deviates significantly from the outgoing Fusion, which had serious Aston Martin vibes when it first arrived on the market in 2012. This new design takes a unique path, not looking like any other Ford model currently in production. If anything, those headlights remind us of the Peugeot 208, a small French hatchback that isn't offered in the United States.
At the back, the taillights remind us of the Jaguar I-Pace and the rear quarter-panel window seems similar to the Cadillac CT5.
Though Ford never offered it on the US-spec Fusion, it looks as though this Fusion rendering features the Mondeo's liftback design. Like an Audi A5 or A7 Sportback, Kia Stinger, or Volkswagen Arteon, a liftback design looks like a sedan, but functions as a hatchback. As for engine options, the rendering does not include specifications, but we imagine any number of Ford's EcoBoost four- and six-cylinder engines would work. The sad reality is that Ford has moved on from sedans for good and will not go back to building them.