All Ford Fusion fashions will exit of manufacturing in 2020

Earlier this week, we realized the slow-selling, 325-horsepower Ford Fusion Sport would not reside to see 2020. It wasn’t an enormous shock, since we knew Ford had deliberate to discontinue the Fusion sedan sooner or later within the subsequent few years. Nevertheless, a brand new report from Automotive Information on Wednesday confirms the Fusion’s demise is, in actual fact, fairly imminent. The 2020 mannequin 12 months would be the Fusion’s final.

A Ford spokesperson confirmed the Fusion’s discontinuation timeline to Automotive Information, saying, “Our purpose within the ultimate 12 months is to additional simplify the providing and deal with maximizing the extra well-liked SE, SEL and Titanium fashions.”

The Fusion obtained a light refresh for the 2019 mannequin 12 months, which introduced up to date styling and options, together with Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver help applied sciences. At the moment, Hybrid and plug-in Energi variations are bought alongside extra well-liked gasoline-only fashions.

Ford first launched the Fusion in late 2005, which spawned Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ (neé Zephyr) variants. The second-generation Fusion was unveiled in 2012, and was broadly praised for its sharp styling and strong driving dynamics.

At the moment, the Fusion nonetheless offers the underpinnings for the Lincoln MKZ sedan, so it is secure to imagine the Ford’s luxurious counterpart may also exit of manufacturing subsequent 12 months. A Lincoln spokesperson didn’t instantly return a request for remark.

The Fusion’s demise is all a part of Ford’s plan to discontinue the majority of its passenger vehicles as a way to produce crossovers and SUVs — many with electrified powertrains. An earlier report instructed the Fusion title may return on a type of Subaru Outback-like, high-riding wagon, however that is only a rumor for now.

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