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Ford Fusion Active May Not Happen After All

Throughout 2022, Ford Authority has spotted the Ford Evos, a China-exclusive crossover, testing on U.S. soil. It made rounds in Michigan not once, but twice, and another traveling the highways of Colorado. This led to some speculation regarding the vehicle’s future beyond China and left many wondering whether or not the crossover was bound for other markets in the form of the Ford Fusion Active. However, Ford Authority has learned that the Fusion Active may not be in the cards after all, as the automaker is considering abandoning its plans to develop the model for the North American market.

2022 Ford Evos

According to sources familiar with the matter, The Blue Oval is considering dropping the Ford Fusion Active from its development plans. The vehicle would be an off-road oriented version of the Ford Evos with all-wheel drive and a unique suspension, plus body cladding around the wheel wells, similar to the Ford Focus Active that is sold globally.

For reference, let’s say the Ford Fusion Active were to make it to market. It would likely feature the  turbocharged Ford 2.0L I4 EcoBoost powerplant, which is currently the only engine available for the Evos, which remains a China-only product. However, considering that the Fusion Active would ride on the C2 platform, which is also utilized by the Ford Escape, Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick, an expanded lineup of powertrains could be made available. Additionally, there could be some overlap in terms of price range across the four models, making the Fusion Active an affordable, fun vehicle.

2022 Ford Evos

The Evos is also only available in front-wheel-drive, but The Blue Oval could adapt the all-wheel drive system from the Bronco Sport or Maverick Tremor Off-Road Package, turning a theoretical Fusion Active into a Subaru Outback killer. Unfortunately, though, we probably won’t ever get the chance to see what that vehicle could look like.

We’ll have more on the Fusion Active soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Fusion news and additional Ford news coverage.

Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. RWFA

    To the previous article on this car I noted that I think it’s attractive; still think so.

    Perhaps a US model was considered as a back up plan should BEV sales or the EV/ICE dealer bifurcation plan not gain traction. (A US rumor may have also been used as a lever for negotiations on EV component sourcing contracts like batteries as proof that ford had a short term alternative.)

    That said, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that this ICE version’s future EV successor could make the US sales plan.

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  2. JE

    And Ford contunues with its SUV and crossover cancer. Another boring crossover? What for? As owner of a Ford Mondeo/Fusion something sure is that I will never trade it for that atrocity. If Ford doesn’t substitute the Mondeo/Fusion I will go for other brand but I will not buy an SUV or a crossover for the simple reason that I don’t like them.

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    1. John

      I agree. The entire auto industry would have us in these boring, bland, ugly CUV’s with electric motors. But apparently all these old women keep buying them, so they sell.

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      1. RWFA

        Be kind.

        Because it’s not the ladies, it’s the generations behind you, who will be paying your Social Security (if you don’t vote in the slash and burn idiots) who are buying them.

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        1. John

          Around here it’s almost always an older lady driving, completely oblivious to everything outside of her little CUV. Driving 13 mph under the speed limit, speeding up and slowing down for no reason, and blowing stop signs. The one nice thing, these ugly little vehicles are like warning signs to the rest of the drivers on the road.

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    2. RWFA

      Aren’t you the old dude that to every article posts that you “abandoned Ford the day they cancelled the Fusion”?

      Why are you still here yelling at clouds?

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      1. John

        So what if they are? What is your story? Taking a break from Twitter after Elon bought it and attacking users on here?

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        1. RWFA

          You must be new here.

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    3. Arcee

      This isn’t really an SUV or a crossover. It is a hatchback, if not a modern wagon. But, enjoy your Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, or whatever sedan is left on the market when you replace your Mondeo/Fusion.

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    4. PJ

      You are right, long time ford family… now there no sedans…. I have begone looking elsewhere since my sedans are getting long in the tooth….sorry Ford… I can’t buy what you don’t sell.

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  3. EcoBoost29579

    It’s been rumored for so long now with no mention of a reveal date that most of us figured it was dead, anyway. It’s not an EV and that’s all Ford cares about right now, in it’s pea-brained world that it’s living in. And heading the company right down the toidy.

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    1. RWFA

      But don’t you already say you bought a a Toyota? Why are you here again?

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      1. Tigger

        Perhaps EcoBoost would come back to Ford if a suitable vehicle was offered?

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        1. RWFA

          And deprive him of a virtual axe to grind? Are you kidding?

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  4. Don A

    Looks like an ICE version of the Mach E! UGH

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  5. john

    I guess this would have been smaller than the Toyota Crown? In the photos, that is what it reminds me of.

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    1. Michael

      That is the next vehicle type that these auto manufactures are working on and doing market testing on, vehicles like the Toyota Crown/Ford Fusion Active, even the Lincoln Zephyr is a close model of those two.

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  6. Nyffty

    Probably not a niche in North America with the Escape, Maverick, and Bronco Sport.
    But if they did bring it over I’d put money down that it’d wear a Taurus name.

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  7. Michael K

    Ford dropped plans for a Fusion Active about 3 years ago, this is not news.

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  8. John McCarthy

    I saw the zephyr Chinese model and I know it would be successful in the U.S. Between this car and the Mondeo can’t understand why China gets these very attractive cars but the U S. doesn’t.

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    1. RWFA

      Because they are in broad enough demand there to be profitable.

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    2. Michael K

      Not to mention these Chinese cars are pretty mundane underneath the attractive skins. No AWD, performance models, hybrids, or dynamic chassis systems. They are more show than go.

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  9. eRock9202

    There was a leaked document a little while ago showing auto manufacturers’ production plans for the next couple decades. On the sheet it looked like Ford was going to be phasing out the C2 platform by the early 2030’s. With the Corsair, Maverick, Escape, and Bronco Sport all using the platform, it makes no sense to add yet another vehicle just to remove it in a few year’s time. Then again, the leaked document has some strange stuff in it, so I should take it with a grain of salt as it is probably has a lot of placeholder and unofficial information in it.

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  10. Kevin

    This would take sales away from the Mustang SUV. Ford can’t risk doing that.

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    1. RWFA

      LoL. Many a CEO of a failed company thought the same.

      OTOH, many a smart CEO learned, and the brightest intuitively knew, that if one must lose significant sales of a current product, it’s best to lose them to a product not made by a competitor.

      Such failed leaders and companies are legion, a good example of this is Blackberry.

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