Thursday, January 9, 2014
The new Ford Fusion has been a game changing vehicle. It's making folks who were thinking about Accord, Volt, Prius, Passat, and others consider a Ford sedan. You can get a huge mix of Fusions. You have a choice of 3 gas engines, a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, even an all-wheel-drive option. In addition to the powertrain options, the exterior and interior of the vehicle are beautiful and modern. It's a work of art within reach of the common man.
There are so many Fusion options, but just one is missing, the Fusion Sport. I have no idea if the Fusion Sport is being considered, but it would be a compelling addition to the Fusion family. I suggest Ford release a Fusion Sport in two offerings; one is front-wheel drive, the other is all-wheel-drive. The front wheel drive option would be powered by a 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine for just under $30,000. The second Fusion Sport would be powered by a higher powered 2.3 Ecoboost engine with over 300 HP and all-wheel-drive.
What other company offers a performance version of their midsize sedan? Honda? Toyota? Kia? Nissan? Chevy? Sure there are a number of sedans that offer power, but power is different from performance. Performance includes handling, weight, braking, and more.
Ford offers an Edge Sport and Explorer Sport with increased HP and performance over the other models. Ford also offers an excellent Taurus SHO. Unfortunately, the SHO has not captured the imagination of the country like previous generations. Secondly, the SHO is quite expensive. A new Fusion Sport would take the place of the Taurus SHO, and be a great value. Heck, I don't care if they call the vehicle the Fusion SHO.
I suggest a FWD and AWD version because there are Focus ST junkies that like FWD, but need more room at a great price. I also suggest the AWD version because it can better handle the additional horsepower.
We may see a Fusion Sport in 2014. There was a previous generation Fusion Sport that had more horsepower than other models. I think the folks at Ford are quite bright, and know they need to bring new versions of a vehicle to market throughout the vehicle lifecycle. The Fusion Sport could be a reality, and it makes very good sense.