The Ford Fusion was killed as part of 2018’s Blue Oval Bloodbath, but it appears the model won’t be gone for long.
While rumors have already suggested the car would be reborn as a Subaru Outback-inspired wagon known as the Fusion Active, photos of the alleged model have now surfaced online.
Posted by Autohome, the images suggest the Fusion / Mondeo Active will feature a prominent grille which is flanked by slender headlights. Additional details are hard to make out, but the model has flush-mounted door handles, roof rails and a panoramic moonroof.
Out back, we can see a sloping rear window and an upright liftgate. This gives the model a 6-Series GT vibe and designers presumably went that route to avoid making the car look too wagon-like.
While the exterior doesn’t seem too impressive at this point, the same can’t be said about the cabin. As you can see, the model will be equipped with a massive widescreen infotainment system which spans nearly the entire width of the dashboard.
The display isn’t turned on in the photo, but it’s presumably broken up into three sections including a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system and an entertainment screen for the front passenger. Elsewhere, we can see minimalist air vents and what appears to be a rotary shifter similar to what’s found in the Explorer.
Little else is known about the model at this point but, assuming it’s the Fusion Active, it could be launched late next year and offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Of course, that’s far from official at this point.
H/T to Ford Authority