The Ford Fusion will expire after the next model year, but it looks like some trims are going to go sooner than others.
Last year, Ford announced the death of their car lineup. Barring a mutant Focus and the perennially popular Mustang, the only vehicles that Ford would make from 2020 onward would be trucks, crossovers, and SUVs.
Which meant that the Ford Fusion was set to expire. Although still relatively solid in terms of sales, Ford would discontinue the Fusion after the 2020 model year update. However, now we’re being told that Ford is going to trim the fat from the Fusion in preparation for its ultimate demise.
According to Cars Direct, which was later confirmed by a Ford spokesperson, the Fusion Sport will not make it to 2020. The 2019 model will be the last year you can buy a Fusion with over 300 horsepower.
For those not aware, the Fusion Sport first went on sale in 2017 as a sort of answer to the rising popularity of the Kia Stinger. Thinking they too could make a sporty, reasonably-priced luxury sedan, Ford took the new 2.7-L EcoBoost turbo V6 out of the F-150, gave the interior some carbon fiber and Alcantara trim, redid the nose in all-black mesh, and then called it a day.
They also slapped it with a price tag of just over $41,000 with destination. Which isn’t exactly cheap.
There’s no denying it had performance, though. Zero to sixty was done in just 5.3 seconds thanks to an engine with 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. That compared well to other performance sedans on the market in every category but price.
As Cars Direct notes, you can get a V6-powered Accord of Camry for thousands of dollars less, and even the Fusion Titanium trim with a somewhat less powerful 2.0-L turbo engine could be acquired for 3,600 fewer dollars.
As such, the Fusion Sport never sold well, so Ford is killing it off a little sooner than they are the rest of their car lineup. Farewell, sporty Fusion. We hardly knew ye.