• May 30, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery for redesigned Ford Fusion spy shots

We've known for some time that the Ford Fusion was due for a mid-cycle refreshening soon, but new spy shots from KGP Photography reveal that more might be in store for Ford's successful mid-size family sedan. Previous spy shots have shown prototype Fusions wearing impenetrable front bras that completely obscured any design changes, but these new pics reveal what's been hiding underneath. This prototype features the current car's hood and "squircle" headlights, but sports a different grille style and front bumper. The Fusion's trademark three-bar grille looks like it will become more expressive in the next version, with the top bar bowed down slightly in the middle like a smile. We imagine the production version will have all three bars bowed to some degree, giving the Ford sedan a distinctly happy and swooped back face. The front bumper, meanwhile, reveals the shape of a new lower intake and two air intakes on each side that would house fog lamps. The most telling bit, however, is a character line we haven't seen before that appears to bend down from the front fender. This suggests that the entire front clip of the next Fusion will be all new, rather than just the mild refreshening we were expecting. Consider us intrigued and more than a bit curious at what the next Fusion, which may be a 2010 or 2011 model, will look like.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What it will look like after 5 years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those headlights remind of the last generation Prelude.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We know. Countless people have mentioned that on this site and the hundreds of other car forums out there...

        Can anyone say test mule???
          • 6 Years Ago
          Sorry, I was too lazy to read the 2nd page of comments before I commented.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have read that they are upgrading the interior signifcantly (a la Sonata) which would make this car much more competitive. It already drives great and has good powertrains and given the new ecoboost engines they will only get beter. The AWD is also a real draw for those of us who have to drive in the winter snow.

      So I am excited to see what the finished product looks like once the camo has been removed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely hideous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This isn't good. And to think that some were complimenting Ford on the designs of its cars in foreign markets compared to the designs of its domestic line. No, this isn't good at all(!).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mother of god, is this some kind of joke? It's like they took drunken bets to see who could make it look even worse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This looks like it could be the hybrid. Finally another Ford Hybrid without the "escape" name on it. Hope it gives 60 MPG.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Hi, I'm Dave." *smirk*
      • 6 Years Ago
      Did the front grill melt under the heat or has some designer fallen in love with the movie "Cars"?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It seems to be following the rendering that surfaced the internet last year. From what I see so far, looks great.

      Btw, here's the rendering: http://www.mx.autocosmos.com/contenidos/Galeria_General/normal/862735.jpg
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought I was the only one who remembered that. It clearly matches; look at the opening b/w the headlights and the grille on this mule; just the right shape for lights like those pictured in the rendering you posted!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Headlights don't appear to be final either. I did notice rear headrests, about time...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Shingle headrests go a long way to addressing the sightlines-versus-safety. They're also uncomfortable enough when down to coerce people into using them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Considering how bad the view is out the rear window for the Fusion, I can't say whether adding headrests is a good thing or not.

        Still would like to see a wagon variant of this car, as the size of the sedan is appealing, and it would make the model stand out against the other offerings from Toyota, Honda, etc. for this segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm hoping Ford will put more horespower under the Fusion's hood. Looks may be one thing, but the car needs more get-up-and-go. And before anyone says it, no I don't want a Lincoln MKZ for more power. A Cadillac CTS is more better than the MKZ.
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