2023 Ford Fusion Active Redesign
2023 Ford Fusion Active – Active Engineering is not a big boost for Ford, as the company has long offered a conventional variant of the European Fusion clone, the Mondeo.
As the base, think of Active as a midsize sedan version of a Subaru long roof with all-wheel drive and a slightly raised suspension.
2023 Ford Fusion Active
Active will likely be connected with thick lower body cladding to overcome traces to Costco. Power must come from Ford’s 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission; plug-in-hybrid variants are inevitable. Prices should range from about $30,000 to $40,000.
It’s a type of soft-roader, designed to challenge high-riding wagons like the Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX before, although ford’s roof is more curved than you’d find in those alternatives.
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Its debut is expected later this year, which means we’ll see it as a 2022 or 2023 model. However, we already have a good idea of how it looks, thanks to the Chinese market Ford Evos launch during Auto Shanghai 2021 in April. The worldwide version looks a little higher than the Evos, and the front overhang is also longer.
The success of the Subaru Outback proves that there is a market in the U.S. for vehicles like the Fusion Active. But building followers like sects like the Outback is another matter altogether.
If buyers aren’t sure enough to think of the Active as a crossover but rather a station wagon in a cross-trainer, they’ll probably avoid it like week-old sushi. You can decide for yourself when Active hits showrooms, likely by the end of next year.
There are rumors Ford plans to retain the Fusion name for this new soft-roader or its variations, so don’t be surprised if the vehicle ends up being labeled like the Fusion Active.
The term Active is what Ford uses for soft-roader cars it sells overseas, such as the Fiesta Active and Focus Active.
For previous test mules, engineers used stretched bodies borrowed from focus wagons sold overseas to cover their foundations.
The basics are considered the latest version of Ford’s CD4 platform for midsize cars, the current version of which supports Fusion. This means there is potential for front-drive and all wheels, as well as plug-in hybrid powertrains.
The alternative is a stretched version of the compact C2 platform that debuted a few years ago on Focus sold overseas.
This may explain why engineers used a stretched Focus Wagon body for test mules instead of a larger, Fusion-based Mondeo Wagon body that was also sold overseas.
There are no interior shots, but there are rumors that large screens covering the dashboard’s width can be offered in several markets, including in the United States. Such design features in Evos Chinese market.
We also don’t know what’s going on in the powertrain department, but it’s likely to offer 4- and 6-cylinder turbocharged engines. As mentioned above, a plug-in hybrid is also possible.
2022 Ford Fusion Hatchback
Has a midsize shape with higher ground clearance. The roof is also tilted backward and meets a flat end, like a hatchback.
The new Fusion almost looks to adopt the form of a Prius or Mazda CX-3. It’s just that it can be sportier with a higher vehicle height.
What to expect with Ford Fusion Active
The Ford Focus Active was supposed to be imported from China, but the trade war ended that plan. So instead, Ford needs to change gears and focus on trucks, SUVs, and EV’s rather than sedans to meet the needs of the wider vehicle.
In previous test models, Ford engineers used a stretched body from the Focus Wagon sold overseas. The shape can give us a major clue as to how the new Fusion looks.
However, its foundation is expected to be updated to an updated version of Ford’s CD4 platform.
The platform is for medium-sized cars and leaves room for front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and plug-in hybrid powertrains. This will help Ford expand the number of electric vehicles they plan to offer.
But alternative options include a compact version of the C2 platform used on older Focus models sold outside the United States a few years ago.
That would explain why engineers use a stretched Focus wagon body instead of a larger Fusion-based Mondeo cart. The carts are also sold overseas.
2023 Ford Fusion Release Date
The new Ford Fusion is expected to arrive towards 2022 as it is a 2023 model year. So hopefully, more updates will be rolled out in the spring. Unfortunately, until we learn more, we can only speculate about the interior.
No one knows about the width of the dashboard or how it relates to the Ford Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E Mustang is currently the only vehicle that is not a truck, SUV, or van sold in the North American Ford range.
The Ford Fusion 2023 can be an economical choice compared to offering buyers more options. Maybe it could be considered a Mach-E light.
It should have more power than the Ford EcoSport, but we’ll see how it compares to the Ford Escape and other midsize options.
2021 Ford Fusion Active
With sedan sales plummeting and SUV purchases skyrocketing, Ford is working to combine the two-vehicle segments by installing the popular Fusion signage on an all-new crossover-like station wagon.
While there aren’t many details about the upcoming Ford model, it is expected to target the Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX.
That means fusion active must have all-wheel drive, plastic body cover, and higher ride height. There are also rumors that hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered.
What’s New for 2021?
As the Ford Fusion sedan nears its end, the company is expected to replace recognizable signage with an elevated station wagon.
While we hope it’s called Fusion Active, we won’t know until Ford releases more details apart from the eye-catching reports and photos we’ve seen until now.
Ford Fusion Active Engine
We’re speculating about the possibilities with no official information about the engine and transmission options available on the Fusion Active.
One thing we can almost guarantee is that all-wheel drive will be offered. There are also rumors that Ford will offer hybrid and plug-in-hybrid powertrains in wagons.
The two electrification settings can be the same or similar to those that power the compact Escape crossover. That means a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors.
The Fusion Active could also inherit the 250-hp Escape’s 250-hp turbocharged four-cylinder and eight-speed automatic transmission. But, unfortunately, we won’t know anything about the wagon’s performance or how it’s driven until we get behind the wheel.
Ford Fusion Active Interior
Fusion Active’s interior design, passenger space, and cargo volume are total mysteries. We hope the style reflects newer Ford products such as the all-electric Mustang Mach-E crossover and mid-size Explorer SUV.
These models suggest a fully digital measuring cluster, a vertically oriented center screen, and versatile interior cubby storage.
We also expect Fusion Active to provide comfortable rear seats and ample cargo space to compete with the Outback and Regal TourX.
The latest version of the Ford Sync infotainment system must be included in the upcoming Fusion Active. We expect touchscreens with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be standard or optional.
Likewise, built-in navigation and Wi-Fi hotspots are likely to be on the list of options. Ford usually also offers an improved audio system.
Ford Fusion Active price
The cost is estimated to be about the same as the Subaru Outback and Regal TourX, which currently start at around $28,000 and $30,000.
While we don’t know what trim levels will fill the lineup, we think it will be on par with other Ford models.