Ford Fusion Production Ending In 2020, 325 HP Fusion Sport Bows Out Early

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.

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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.”

Also Read: 2019 Ford Fusion Facelift Brings Updated Styling And New Tech

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.

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  • Six_Tymes

    I rented one last year for a week, such a great car.

    • brn

      It’s still on my short list when I need to replace my current ride.

      • charlotteharry57

        You’d better hurry. The ’20 goes into production this month and it is decontented BIG TIME. They’re even deleting the spare tire. ’19s will be the last decent ones. Ford is obviously focusing only on fleet sales for the ’20s. Deals, at least around here, have turned GREAT on ’19s in the past 2 weeks. Like $10-12K off sticker. Check out Autotrader in your search.

        • brn

          I appreciate the note and I’m not surprised. They did the same with the previous generation Taurus. My current car is working too well right now, but if I look in the next year or two, maybe a slightly used ’19.

  • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

    finally

  • sidewaysspin

    Ford must ditch this design language.

    • James Denz

      Ford is ditching this design language, at least in the US, by dropping sedans all together.

  • TheBelltower

    This was the best looking mainstream sedan for several years. Such a shame that it was left to rot on the vine.

    • CarCzarDesigner

      Agreed. In Europe, Ford gives buyers more choices and nicer trims with the Mondeo. This is quite an attractive car. But Ford just wants the fatter profits in the trucks they sell.

  • john1168

    It’s really a shame. It was one of the best looking regular cars on the road. And with a few tweaks (a better awd system with LSD’s, instrument cluster with equal sized speedo and tach available to all models, a larger moon roof, a 9 speed auto) on the sport version, think ST, this car would have been amazing and the sports deal of the century! I think Ford would have sold $h!t loads of them. But I think Ford was afraid of stealing sales from Lincoln’s MKZ. Personally, I don’t think that would have happened to a large extent as one is luxury and the other sport but what do I know. Personally, I think Ford is being cheap and lazy and just wants the easy money from suv/cuv’s. Too bad because it could have been awesome for not a large amount of extra money.

  • Alduin

    It’s unfortunate that Ford let this car stagnate for way too long without creating an all new model,it’s been refreshed three times since it’s been out in 2012 as a 2013 model. This car could’ve had a lot of potential if it wasn’t for the crappy dual clutch power shift automatic that Ford puts in practically all their vehicles. Ford is stupid for not bringing the fusion wagon here and calling it a fusion x or fusion active or fusion cross road with a lift kit and body cladding on it and awd they would’ve sold a lot of them.

  • Earl Hamil

    If Ford doesn’t clean house and start fresh with people who face the customer and recognize they are the income source they won’t be around. Stop catering to Wall Street and listen to Main Street

    Hackett is a fool and those listening to him are his lemmings. Their advertising and marketing is aimed at stuff that sells itself. You don’t need truck adverts, you need car adverts. $$/vehicle adverting costs should be same for every vehicle.

    I’ve owned $1million work of Fords. My last two, which have very long ESP plans are Ford Flex Limiteds with all options.

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