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Report Says Next Ford Fusion Will be an Outback Competitor

Ford sent shock waves through the industry when it announced it was going to pull virtually all its cars from the domestic market. But a new report from our friends at Bloomberg says the Ford Fusion won’t disappear, and will become a Subaru Outback competitor.

According to unnamed sources inside the company, the reason is that the Blue Oval spent boat loads of cash developing and marketing the Fusion nameplate, and isn’t all that keen on seeing it wasted. We actually think a Subaru fighter this is a great idea, as we love the Fusion’s Aston Martin-style front end, and just love wagons in general. From a styling standpoint, we’d bet the wagon will look at lot like the Mondeo wagon shown in these pics, but with a slight lift, and possibly some plastic cladding along the bottom.

Right now, the Fusion is available with a whopping six engine choices, with a 175-horsepower 2.5-liter I4 at the bottom, and a more robust 325-horsepower twin-turbo V6 at the top. In between, there’s also a hybrid model which produces 195 horsepower from its 2.0-liter I4 and electric motor.

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For simplicity’s sake, we think Ford will trim the number of available engines, and can even seen the company taking a page from the Buick TourX’s playbook and making all-wheel drive standard. After all, if it’s going to go head-to-head with the Subaru, power to all four corners is a must. We also think keeping twin-turbo V6 would be a good move, as it’ll give the Fusion a 70-horsepower advantage over the most powerful Outback.

We’ve recently tested both the Fusion and the Outback and found them both to be capable, comfortable vehicles. So we’re interested to see what Ford will bring to the table if decides to try to siphon sales from Subaru’s popular moneymaker. Of course, if you don’t want to wait for the wagon, your local AutoNation Ford dealer has plenty of models available right now — including the peppy 325-horsepower version!

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