QOTD: Are You Tickled Pink at the Thought of a Wagony Ford Fusion Replacement?

qotd are you tickled pink at the thought of a wagony ford fusion replacement

Wednesday’s Bloomberg report, which claimed the current Ford Fusion will undergo the “sport wagon” treatment for its next generation, didn’t come as a shock.

Though unconfirmed, Ford admits it’s likely we’ll see the Fusion name applied to a new vehicle. Given that Ford’s stable is already packed to the rafters with crossovers and SUVs both current and promised, it isn’t surprising to hear the nameplate might soldier on with a larger cargo area, existing platform, and a raised roofline (but not *that* raised).

Are you feeling any stirrings here? Any stirrings at all?

I’m not, and I’ll tell you why. First, it’s no secret I haven’t fathered a demanding brood of overfed kids. The largest cargo I carry on a daily basis is the full-size spare in my car’s trunk, but that’s hardly the issue here.

Was there any inkling that the 2021 or 2022 Ford Fusion will appear as a fall-down-on-your-knees-sexy sport wagon, my interest might be held. The Buick Regal TourX looks great. I wonder if there’s even a dozen people in America right now thinking of signing a note on one. Same goes for the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, a niche vehicle capable of rendering Twitter pundits speechless. It’s possible I might see one in the wild.

Ford enjoys volume, and to be worthwhile, the future Fusion needs to sell in great quantities, not titillate broke auto journos. I just fear that this vehicle, if it does appear, will be anything other than a crafted-by-committee offering that, at worst, takes on a Kia Niro-like personality — albeit one with standard or available all-wheel drive. I’ll gladly be proven wrong.

Bloomberg’s sources claim the upcoming Fusion has the Subaru Outback in its sights, which conjures up visions of a lifted, cladded, off-road-ready wagon, not the bland object of my nightmares. So that’s promising. And the continuation of the CD4 platform means current hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains could easily carry over to satisfy Ford’s green thirst.

It’s almost certain the entry-level Fusion’s low price point would give way to something more akin to the Outback’s, meaning a base MSRP starting around $25k. As this hardly sounds like a fleet-happy model, say goodbye to the equivalent of the Fusion S, with its old 2.5-liter and tall sidewalls. Good riddance, some might say.

Am I being too cynical here in worrying that this so-called Outback fighter will bow as a bland, crossover-ized people box, or do you have more faith in Ford? What does the Blue Oval have to do to make you consider buying one?

[Image: Ford of Europe]

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  • Rpol35 Rpol35 on Jul 13, 2018

    Hmmmmmm...a brown station wagon on TTAC, does it have a manual transmission?

  • S1L1SC S1L1SC on Jul 13, 2018

    I ended up buying a Ford Transig Connecg because no one had a nice, affordable wagon. So I would be all over this in 4-5 years...

  • Snickel Fritz I just bought a '97 JX 4WD 4AT, and though it's not quite roadworthy yet I am already in awe of it's simplicity and apparent ruggedness. What I am equally in awe of, is the scarcity of not only parts but correct information regarding anything on this platform. I'm going to do my best to get this little donkey back on it's feet, but I wouldn't suggest this as a project vehicle for anyone who doesn't already have several... and a big impressive shop with a full suite of fabrication/machining/welding equipment, and friends with complimentary skillsets, and extra money, and... you get the idea. If you don't, I urge you to read up on the options for replacing anything on these rigs. I didn't read enough before buying, and I have zero of the above suggested prerequisites... so I'm an idiot, don't listen to me. Go buy all of 'em!
  • Bryan Raab Davis I actually did use the P of D trope, but it was only gentle chiding, for I love old British cars of every sort.
  • ScarecrowRepair The 1907 Panic had several causes of increased demand for money:[list][*]The semi-annual shift of money between farms and cities (to buy for planting and selling harvests)[/*][*]Britain and Germany borrowing for their naval arms race[/*][*]San Francisco reconstruction borrowing after the 1906 earthquake and fire[/*][/list]Two things made it worse:[list][*]Idiotic bans on branch banking, which prevented urban, rural, and other state branches from shifting funds to match demands. This same problem made the Great Depression far worse. Canada, which allowed branch banking, had no bank failures; the US had 9000 failures.[/*][*]Idiotic reserve requirements left over from the Civil War which prevented banks from loaning money; they eventually started honoring IOUs illegally and started the recovery.[/*][/list]Been a while since I read up on it, so I may have some of the details wrong. But it was an amazing clusterfart which could have been avoided or at least tamed sooner if states and the feds hadn't been so ham handed.
  • FreedMike Maybe this explains all the “Idiots wrecking exotic cars” YouTube videos.
  • FreedMike Good article! And I salute the author for not using the classic “Lucas - prince of darkness” trope, well earned as it may be. We all know the rap on BL cars, but on the flip side, they’re apparently pretty easy to work on (at least that’s the impression I’ve picked up). On the other hand, check the panel fits on the driver’s and passenger’s doors. Clearly, BL wasn’t much concerned with things like structural integrity when it chopped the roof off a car designed as a coupe.
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