• Jun 21, 2007
The Fusion could aptly be described as a hit for Ford Motor Company. It sold 66,260 units through May of this year, which is a 15.4% increase compared to last year and not an easy accomplishment in this particular buyers' market. Consider, however, that the Fusion shares a platform and many parts with the Lincoln MKZ and Mercury Milan. Taken together the trio of mid-size family sedans constitutes a big hit for Ford. Some time in the next few years all three cars will be given an MCE, or mid-cycle enhancement, at which point we'll see updates to their exteriors and interiors, as well as some new powertrain choices (we hope).

Through the grape vine of the interweb we found these renderings on a Mexican autos news site called autocosmos.com. This happens to be an appropriate place for these renderings to surface because all three cars are built at Ford's assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico. In fact, this site may have had some insider info to work with when creating them. Above we see what the artist believes the Fusion will look like after its MCE. The look is familiar, but clearly suggests the Fusion will gain upturned headlights like those found on the Edge CUV. The site also claims the lower grille will be honeycomb and the car will receive larger wheels and a tweaked rear end with a chrome accent bar.

Thanks for the tip, Igor! More after the jump.

[Source: autocosmos.com via GMInsideNews]

You'll also find a rendering of the updated Lincoln MKZ that shows what the car will look like with the brand's new split-winged grille that debuted on the MKR Concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show. Unfortunately, the rear end still carries those awful taillamps that occupy too much surface area.

Click the Read link to view renderings from additional angles, as well as unrevealing rear shot of the Mercury Milan, as well.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's my opinion, this is just a midlife facelift. I'm sure the next Fusion will look very similar to the Mondeo(if not the same). The new Mondeo's platform will underpin the next Mazda 6. The U.S. Fusion is based off a stretched Mazda 6 platform, so I'm sure by the time the Fusion is redesigned, hopefully, we'll have something that looks like a Mondeo (if the designs converge).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I must say, it is good looking. The current one is pretty lame. Looks like it could've come out in '98.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks really cool
      • 7 Years Ago
      This looks way better than the current fusion, not that there is anything wrong with the current one. I do agree that they should bring the mondeo over to the u.s., but look at what happened with the contour. Us Americans are not going to pay 30-35k for a midsize car, and if they plan to bring over the mondeo, they would have to get rid of some of the costs, and that would mean having another contour, i own a contour and the handling is better than most hondas and toyotas of its day, but i sure would of loved to have a self adjusting suspension and all of the other gimics the Europeans get in their mondeos. And who really cares how old the platform really is as long as the handling is better than the competiton and they continue to offer awd, something honda and toyo still lack to offer. If you ask me the camrys platform is still behind the current fusions platform and the camry is much newer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a friend who works for Ford on the MKS platform team. He confirmed that the MKS will have a grille similar to what was shown on the MKR concept, and that is in the works to be the new "face" of Lincoln.
      • 7 Years Ago
      looks pretty sweet :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am so sick of everyone mentioning the Fusion sales increase. Sales are up because people DON'T BUY new American models right when they come out. It happened with the Cobalt, it happened with the G6, etc. etc.
      Nick
      • 7 Years Ago
      How do you get to the Lincoln MKZ photos? I see the Ford Fusion which looks like a great MCE but I'd really like to see the MKZ also.
      Andrew
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Fusion is okay, but the MKZ is loads better than the one now. I hope Lincoln considers the MKR front, it looks great on that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        The MKR front is going onto D3 based MKS
      • 7 Years Ago
      I particulary like the MKZ. The tail lights should be on the upcoming MKS instead of the strawberries on the show car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The cars look pretty good.

      But I like the translation better:
      "What is a reality is that the skulls shine near the Swedish cars."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Well put. Best review of a Millan ever.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Those look great and are probably somewhat accurate. It makes sense that a car built in Mexico would first appear on a Mexican site. Does that look more "kinetic" to anyone else?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's exactly what I was thinking. I recall that Mulally loved the look of the Mondeo and wanted to bring it over here, of course that's expensive. It would be much easier for Ford to change the front end of the Fusion and add Kinetic design.
        • 7 Years Ago
        He's always going on about global themes too, maybe they're starting with the styling.
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