The continuing downward turn in US sales of mid-size sedans may soon claim another casualty: . Ford has canceled plans for a 2020 redesign of the Fusion, according to the , which obtained a letter to suppliers stating as much. Although this doesn’t yet mean that the Fusion nameplate will be axed altogether, it puts its future into question as Ford reevaluates its car lineup.
The cancellation of the planned redesign raises many questions for the Fusion’s status after the current model runs its course. It’s possible that Ford could be restructuring the Fusion’s place in the lineup, and the likely cancellation of could play a part in the realignment. Newly minted Ford CEO Jim Hackett suggested to the Detroit News that the Fusion could grow larger in the future to play to the American taste for bigger vehicles. This may also signal that the Fusion may eventually diverge from its European twin, the Mondeo, which is reportedly ending production soon.
Ford’s manufacturing will play a large role in the Fusion’s future as well; US versions of the sedan are currently built at a plant in Hermosillo, Mexico, where Ford has already reduced output. The for the United States will soon be imported to our shores from a new production location in China, where a new mid-size Fusion for the China market will also be built. Ford has denied reports, however, that this new Fusion will come to the United States.
Put all this together, and it’s looking increasingly likely that the Fusion won’t exist in America past 2020 or so—at least, not in its current mid-size sedan form. We’ll keep our ear to the ground to see if we can find anything more out about Ford’s evolving passenger-car plans in the near future.