By on December 20, 2012

I was already in a wagon state of mind when, driving home on the Lodge freeway after a stop in downtown Detroit, I spotted a camo’d car with manufacturer’s plates up ahead. It was some kind of hatchback or wagon and it had a Blue Oval on the hatch/tailgate so it was undoubtedly a Ford.

As I passed it, it was obviously a five door wagon. I couldn’t get a great look at the front end because of traffic and because it peeled off onto I-94 but from what I caught in the rear view mirror it looked like the new Fusion’s Aston Martinish front end. Checking what the wagon version of the Fusion’s European cousin, the Mondeo, looks like, and comparing it to what I saw and the one photo that I was able to shoot, I’m pretty sure that this is close to the same car. From the way the hatch splits the taillights and the location of the exhausts, and from what I can make out of the contouring on the mystery car’s flanks, I’ll go out on a limb and say that this is the new Fusion station wagon. Other pics of the new Mondeo Estate fit my recollection of what the car looked like. What say you?

New Ford Mondeo Estate

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can dig deeper and get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS

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33 Comments on “I Spy the New Ford Fusion Wagon?...”


  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    It sure looks like it. I often see both the Fusion/Mondeo and Focus wagons around Detroit. There is also an executive in my neighborhood that had an uncamouflaged Focus RS. I wish these sightings meant we would be able to purchase these cars in America.

    • 0 avatar
      Quentin

      Yup, I wouldn’t get my hopes up for it actually being available in the US. A mid-size sedan based wagon is a rare thing these days. Most people prefer the high seating and looks of a CUV based on the same platform.

  • avatar
    jaydez

    Yeah, it’s definitely a Mondeo Wagon. Don’t count on being able to get one here. They are probably just using Michigan to test something new on the next one.

    Ford made it clear that we can look but not touch when it comes to a Fusion wagon.

  • avatar
    AmeroGuy

    Yes! Now can we please get the Focus wagon in the US?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      I’m with you. A Focus wagon with a 1.6T would be fantastic. I wouldn’t even mind the spontanious combustion.

      However, in America, the Focus wagons we get are the C-Max and Escape. I know they aren’t really wagons, but that’s what we get.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    That Mondeo looks really slick, and I really like it.

  • avatar
    geee

    Hmm, lemme see. Let’s take some A3 taillights, some S5 window points, A3 body and roof rails, grab my photoshop, and stretch the whole thing a little longer. Um, yup. Let’s break for coffee. (facepalm)

  • avatar
    mike978

    I know manufacturers bring over cars to the US that will not be sold – this Fusion wagon is an example. I also saw Insignia wagons over here. My question is why do testing here, there are plenty of cold places in Europe so why Michigan?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      In the case of the Fusion/Mondeo, most of the engineering and development was done in Dearborn. This would extend across all bodystyles, even those not offered in the US. I know plenty of Ford engineers based in other countries that have been relocated to Dearborn for any number of projects.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        It’s nothing new. One of the benefits of growing up in the midst of Ford Engineering was seeing plenty of European Fords (and sometimes other makes) that were never sold in the U.S. You never know, they could be planning a wagon for the US. A fuel efficient alternative to CUVs – especially in hybrid or plug-in form.

      • 0 avatar
        mike978

        Thanks.
        It would be nice if the Flex was replaced by either the Fusion wagon or the S-Max.

  • avatar
    TEXN3

    One could only hope…sure would have been nice to know if it was coming, would have looked quite lovely sitting next to the Outback. Could have been paired like Donnie and Marie Osmond.

  • avatar
    mjz

    It’s maddening that we don’t get the wagon and hatchback here. Simply maddening. If it’s “One Ford” why can’t we have these here too? The argument that Americans won’t buy wagons or hatchbacks makes no sense. How can we when they won’t offer them?

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Part of the problem with getting a Focus wagon is that the only North American market Focus plant is Wayne. They are running over 100% capacity. It already makes 6 unique models(Focus hatch, Focus sedan Focus ST, C-Max, C-Max Plug-In, and Focus BEV). I don’t see where they are going to shift production from one of those models to a Focus wagon while adding additional tooling, costs, etc. There is also no way Ford is importing a Focus wagon from Saarlouis.

      • 0 avatar
        EEGeek

        The article is about a Fusion wagon, not Focus. Fusion is built in Hermasillo and Flat Rock, but I don’t know about capacity utilization.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Same idea applies. Flat Rock will be making the MKS, Taurus, Fusion, and Mustang by 2015. Hermosillo will have the Fusion and MKZ.

        You would see the S-Max get here before the Fusion wagon. The S-Max would satisfy some wagon lovers, and the Edge would be the option for everyone else.

  • avatar
    MBella

    You never know. Even if they only sell a few, it can’t cost Ford that much to federalize this. It should be similar to the CTS wagon.

    • 0 avatar
      d524zoom-zoom

      Great point

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      The best chance to get a Fusion wagon will be once the Flat Rock flex line is up and running at full speed. Its still a long shot, but at least Ford will have two plants in North America building the Fusion. With products like the C-Max, Focus ST, Transit, and Transit Connect coming stateside, there is more hope than ever.

      I still think our Fusion wagon is going to be the next gen Edge. They sell too many of those horrible things at high prices for them to care about a Fusion wagon.

  • avatar
    Lynn E.

    The C-Max doesn’t carry much and the Transit Connect gets poor mileage so I hope this station wagon comes soon for comparison and consideration.

  • avatar

    You’re right; it’s a Fusion estate. But as desirable as it is, it probably wouldn’t be such a wise move for Ford to bring the estate here, especially since the company already has the Explorer and the Flex (which now looks quite nice with its new front-fascia).

    • 0 avatar
      rnc

      I’m hoping with all my heart that Ford will base the next generation taurus and explorer off the Falcon platform (would make perfect sense, allow for better use of whatever plant produces the mustange) and would allow for export to Australia as manufacturing vehicles strictly for a market of 20 million becomes economically unsound. Would give Ford a RWD SUV (unibody), at a cost level well below the GJ and any other current (non-giant BOF) SUV and a RWD (non-halo) sedan that would also allow differentiation from the fusion and edge (and give consumers the ability to buy mainstream vehicles that currently you can only get at luxury prices). Sell the extended WB version and you have the PI market back again. And finally would provide nice foundation for about 3-4 lincoln models (and since amortized by Ford NA, Australia and maybe a couple for EU as well, lincoln could pull it off as a NA only brand.

      It makes to much sense though.

    • 0 avatar
      rnc

      The Flex should be a lincoln (not the hidious lincoln flex, but just as is, with a Navigator type front end) and lincoln would have a unique vehicle that really wouldn’t have a competitor, give it dual rear doors, one conventional, the other suicide. Perhaps call it the Continental Estate. Think ford would sell a whole lot more (fully optioned) if it was done that way (especially since the explorer will probably get an equiv. front end treatment during next refresh)

  • avatar
    SLLTTAC

    AWD wagon? That’s what I would buy.

  • avatar
    BigDuke6

    I can only hope a Fusion wagon is in the works for North America. Soon I would like a replacement for my Mazda 6 wagon. Right now all I could do is downsize to a five door hatch. And before anyone suggests, I don’t consider ANY SUV or CUV a substitute. I wouldn’t touch a VW either.

  • avatar

    On second thought, it might make more sense for Ford to market a MKZ wagon rather than a Fusion. Lincoln’s putative competitors like Audi, BMW and M-B do offer estates. Does anyone in the mass market D segment of midsize Camcordatabusions offer a wagon in the US currently? I know that you used to be able to get a Camry wagon but it’s not currently available.

  • avatar
    Felis Concolor

    Don’t forget to shoehorn your twin turbo V6 in there, dammit.

  • avatar
    eggsalad

    Do not forget that NAIAS (“the Detroit Auto Show”) is right around the corner. All sorts of weird stuff shows up on the roads around Detroit this time of year.


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