The Fusion has been living on borrowed time ever since Ford announced plans to phase out sedans in North America.
Now the model has an expiration date as Automotive News reports a spokesperson has confirmed Fusion production will end in 2020.
The end of production isn’t a surprise, but Fusion sales have remained relatively strong. Carsalesbase data shows Ford sold 173,600 units last year and has already moved 56,533 units through April of this year. Those are respectable numbers, but they’re far from the model’s peak of 306,860 units in 2014.
The Fusion will continue to be built for several more months, but the Fusion Sport is getting axed for the 2020 model year. That’s disappointing as the car featured a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that developed 325 hp (242 kW / 330 PS) and 380 lb-ft (515 lb-ft) of torque. Besides the powerful engine, the model had all-wheel drive and a sportier suspension with active dampers.
While the Fusion Sport was the most exciting member of the lineup, Ford’s Jiyan Cadiz told the publication it accounted for less than ten percent of Fusion sales. As a result, he said Ford’s “goal in the final production year is to further simplify the offering and focus on maximizing the more popular SE, SEL and Titanium models.”
Despite the impending death of the Fusion, consumers still have plenty of sedans to choose from as even hatchet happy General Motors decided to stick with the Chevrolet Malibu.