Earlier this week, we learned the slow-selling, 325-horsepower Ford had planned to at some point in the next few years. However, a new report from Automotive News on Wednesday confirms the Fusion's death is, in fact, quite imminent. The 2020 model year will be the Fusion's last.. It wasn't a huge shock, since we knew
A Ford spokesperson confirmed the Fusion's discontinuation timeline to Automotive News, saying, "Our goal in the final year is to further simplify the offering and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL and Titanium models."
The, which brought updated styling and features, including Ford's suite of driver assistance technologies. Currently, Hybrid and plug-in Energi versions are sold alongside more popular gasoline-only models.
Ford first introduced the Fusion in late 2005, which spawned Mercury Milan and Lincoln MKZ (neé Zephyr) variants. The second-generation Fusion was unveiled in 2012, and was widely praised for its sharp styling and solid driving dynamics.
Currently, the Fusion still provides the underpinnings for the Lincoln MKZ sedan, so it's safe to assume the Ford's luxury counterpart will also go out of production next year. A Lincoln spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.
The Fusion's death is all part of Ford's plan to discontinue the bulk of its passenger cars in order to produce crossovers and SUVs -- many with electrified powertrains. An earlier report suggested the on a sort of -like, high-riding wagon, but that's just a rumor for now.