News Report: Ford Fusion to Live On as a Subaru Outback Fighter

18:29  12 july  2018
18:29  12 july  2018 Source:   caranddriver.com

Ford Getting Out of the Sedan Business

  Ford Getting Out of the Sedan Business Ford has just announced that it is converting fully to crossovers in North America, dropping traditional sedans after the current generation . The shocking news came as part of the company's first quarter financial results announcement earlier today, along with the news of a new model coming. Sales of sedans are dropping off a cliff in the last few years, as more small crossover options become available. Cheap gas, improving fuel economy, and changing tastes have moved buyers from cars to crossovers and trucks. Sales of the Focus, Fiesta, Fusion, and Taurus have all suffered as a result.

The familiar name may be saved from the scrapyard and applied to a lifted station wagon.

The familiar name may be saved from the scrapyard and applied to a lifted station wagon.

Report: Ford Fusion to Live On as a Subaru Outback Fighter: Ford may not get rid of the established Fusion name, instead applying it to a lifted wagon in the future to do battle with the Subaru Outback. Read more and see photos at Car and Driver.© Car and Driver Ford may not get rid of the established Fusion name, instead applying it to a lifted wagon in the future to do battle with the Subaru Outback. Read more and see photos at Car and Driver.

The Ford Fusion was earmarked for cancellation as part of Ford’s recent decision to kill nearly all of its passenger cars, but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the nameplate will live on and be applied to a different sort of vehicle. While the current Fusion mid-size sedan is expected to continue for at least a few more model years, the name may eventually migrate to a crossover-ized station wagon similar to the Subaru Outback and Buick Regal TourX.

Subaru Plugging-In Crosstrek Using Toyota Hybrid Tech

  Subaru Plugging-In Crosstrek Using Toyota Hybrid Tech Subaru has just announced that it will be making a plug-in version of the Crosstrek compact crossover. It's the automaker's first plug-in, but not its first hybrid. Subaru's first hybrid in North America was the XV Crosstrek hybrid that arrived for the 2014 model year in Canada. That car used Subaru's own hybrid system that used a small 13-hp electric motor and a 0.6 kWh battery pack. The fuel economy increase was slim, and the model was dropped after 2016. The new Crosstrek Hybrid goes straight to the king of hybrids. Under the hood is the Toyota Hybrid System. That's thanks to a partnership between the two automakers that has Toyota owning a substantial piece of Subaru. So the new Crosstrek Hybrid will share plug-in hardware with the Toyota Prius Prime. Subaru hasn't given out the specs for the power and range of this new hybrid, but the Prius Prime uses an 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and uses two electric motors that make 91 hp and give that car a 40 km electric range. This Subaru won't have a Prius engine, though. Subaru said that the Crosstrek Hybrid will stay true to its roots and use a Subaru flat-four engine. Subaru's latest platform, which underpins the Impreza and Crosstrek, was designed to accommodate hybrid and electric powertrains as well as gas-only. Subaru hasn't released photos but did say that the Hybrid would get some styling changes to reflect the new powertrain.

The familiar name may be saved from the scrapyard and applied to a lifted station wagon.

The Ford Fusion was earmarked for cancellation as part of Ford ’s recent decision to kill nearly all of its passenger cars, but a new report from Bloomberg suggests that the nameplate will live on and be applied to a different sort of vehicle.

It seems likely that this rumored Fusion wagon, possibly to be called the Fusion Active, will be a version of the Europe-market Mondeo wagon (pictured), which is nearly identical to the U.S.-market Fusion. If it follows the formula of the popular Outback, expect it to feature body cladding, a bit of extra ground clearance, and all-wheel drive. This would mirror Ford’s U.S. strategy for the compact Focus, which will be reborn as the Focus Active, a slightly lifted variant of the next-generation hatchback.

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A Ford spokesperson confirmed that the Fusion name isn’t likely to go away for good, given its sales success, and Ford CEO Jim Hackett has discussed how the company plans to “reinvent” its car lineup rather than kill it entirely. If this new take on the Fusion does eventually materialize in the States, we don’t expect to see it for at least two years or so; the Fusion sedan was refreshed for the 2019 model year, and it’s expected to stay in production through 2020.

2019 Subaru Crosstrek Pricing Announced .
Subaru has just priced the Crosstrek for 2019. The crossover was all-new last year, so the new year brings small changes. Some updated software for the infotainment system and some slight price changes. The Crosstrek comes standard with a 2.0L boxer-four engine that makes 152 hp. Uniquely for the segment, and for crossovers in general, it continues to be offered with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. And not just the base model, either. The manual comes on the Convenience, Touring, and Sport trims. Optional on those trims, and standard on Limited, is Subaru's Lineartronic CVT, the full line has standard all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek's standard 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It gets a software update that Subaru says makes operation smoother and more fluid. There is a new shade of paint this year, dark blue pearl, available on Touring, Sport, and Limited. Base pricing for the Crosstrek remains the same, starting from $23,695. Other trims get a slight bump, up $100 from last year. The 2019 Subaru Crosstrek goes on sale this month.

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