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.
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.
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.