It's only been a couple of years since Ford rolled out the current Fusion, but if these spy shots are anything to go by, it's already planning what appears to be a substantial update for the mid-size sedan.

According to our paparazzi on the ground, the new Fusion is being prepared for launch late in 2016 or early 2017. Although heavily camouflaged to keep it from prying eyes such as ours, it appears that the updated Fusion will tone down the Aston Martin-style grille, ditch the small corner window with revised front side glass and tweak the vehicle's overall shape. But there's more to the new Fusion than a styling adjustment, and our spy photographers have caught a glimpse inside and taken us along.

Apparently the new Fusion is to get a completely overhauled interior with soft-touch surfaces and matte wood trim to make it seem more upscale. There's an all-new rotary gear selector (like you'd find on a Jaguar, for example) hinting at the implementation of a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The prototype appears to be packing the Microsoft SYNC system, suggesting that the new Blackberry QNX system isn't ready quite yet – though that doesn't necessarily mean it won't be ready by the time the new Fusion is.


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      Sean Sweeney
      • 4 Months Ago

      That's the 2016 Taurus

      DetroitBORG
      • 4 Months Ago
      Why is this being reported as the Fusion? It's clearly the new Fusion-based Taurus, especially when compared side to side.  The Taurus is due to be announced this AutoShow season and the Mondeo is JUST arriving in Europe.  A 2013 MY car isn't going to be all-new in just 3-4 years, and a 2017 MY car isn't going to be in full prototype stage this early with the dashboard left uncovered.  Just my 2-cents for the day.  Now Fusion is probably due for an MCE in MY 2017, but that's a facelift and not a new car. 
      Revis Goodworth
      • 4 Months Ago

      That is definitely NOT a Fusion - the development is far too long to fit the time frame that honduhblog has stated - there is no way this is a 2017 model - the a-pillars are not the same - you don't change this in a mid cycle refresh - judging by the premium details on the inside this has to be a Taurus which is supposed to hit in 2015 as a 2016 model - so this development mule is spot on in degree of development.

        ex-ford
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth

        You might be right. I was thinking that the interior is wayyyy too finished for a 2016-17 release. 

        Soyntgo4it
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth

        Yup it is.. sorry

          Moosetang
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Soyntgo4it

          You appear awfully sure of yourself.

        Carmaker1
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Revis Goodworth

        You are right, but it is not even a mule. A mule is not directly representative of the production body design, like this is. It's strictly a prototype and nothing else, being that both exterior and interior are not utilizing anything from the incumbent Taurus.

        I'm not sure why people continue to use mule and prototype interchangeably, as the only case that can apply is with the BMW G11 and G30 prototype mixture (part current gen/part-next gen).

      Wills
      • 4 Months Ago

      Am I the only one who thinks this is more likely a Taurus? As the Taurus is due for a full refresh much sooner than the Fusion... and this interior seems more in line with Taurus DNA. Finally, wasn't it already rumored that the new Taurus will indeed sit on an extended Fusion platform? 

        Larry Litmanen
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Wills
        The interior does look rather large and beefy, something that could be on a larger car. Could be Taurus.
          Wills
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen

          Larry, I agree - these spy photos of MKS/Taurus from months ago seem more likely. It's just now wearing its real body panels instead of the Frankenstein seen here: 

          http://media.caranddriver.com/images/13q2/511223/2015-lincoln-mks-spy-photo-photo-511225-s-787x481.jpg

        Durishin
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Wills

        Makes much more sense to me. That Fusion has driven Ford sales (I see them everywhere) so why would they change it so much - especially the Aston grille?

        Taurus - on the other hand... Do they still sell those? ;-)

          carlotta
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Durishin

          Fleet sales.  Fusions are probably in 5th place w/retail.

          gtv4rudy
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Durishin

          'Do they still sell those'... yea, to the cops.

        ehisforadam
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Wills

        If you look at the rear doors and mirrors, it's definitely a Fusion. It's pretty extensive, but this is just a mid-cycle refresh like what they just did with the Charger. The Taurus already had a mid-cycle refresh for 2013.

      Cool people
      • 4 Months Ago

      One of the best value and styled cars on US roads today.

      Don't go too crazy FoMo, it's a winner.

        Ed Hays
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Cool people

        I agree, why tone down the Astin Martin grille; the Fusion the has the nicest looking front end of any American car!

      Hello, Brian
      • 4 Months Ago

      Looks too big to be a Fusion.  I am guessing that this is the new Taurus.

      john m
      • 4 Months Ago

      Whether this is the next Fusion or Taurus, either way I can't wait to see it.  The interior looks really good.  Ford, please, PLEASE make the IP with a speedometer and a tachometer the same size.  I HATE the huge, dinner plate sized speedo with the tiny tach on the side in the automatic trans Fusion.  The IP I like, already exists in the MKZ and the manual trans (I think) Fusion.  A Haldex style AWD system would be nice too.  Can't wait.  This may be my next car.

      Jmaister
      • 4 Months Ago

      no, NO dial gear selector.

      urbansophistic
      • 4 Months Ago

      I'm impressed with the Autoblog readers. It's definitely the new Taurus. It seems we've done more research than the editors of this site. There's no way Ford is dumping a brand new interior into the Fusion 2 years into its model run. Or a redesigned roof, etc. Plus, the timetable for this vehicle's release just doesn't work out. Why would Ford release a mid-cycle refresh four years into the Fusion's current generation (or wait to release this car which is obviously production ready?).

      Jayar
      • 4 Months Ago

      I could be in the minority here, but I hate those rotary shifters.  Jaguar's XJ has them, and the Chrysler 200 now has them.  :(

        carguy1701
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jayar

        Same.  Car & Driver has already started calling the Jag shifter gimmicky, and the same thing is gonna happen to the Chrysler ones as well.  Move it back to the steering column if they want more friggin' center console space.

      Agustin
      • 4 Months Ago

      the car manufacturer insists in use the ridiculous parking brake button instead of manual emergency brake.   

        carguy1701
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Agustin

        More room in the console, duh.  Electronic parking brakes aren't bad.  Just take a little getting used to.

        Besides, no one is gonna be doing handbrake turns in a friggin' Taurus.

      Keef
      • 4 Months Ago

      Honestly, they should probably just leave the exterior alone. It's that good.

      EDIT: And it looks like they are. This is definitely a new Taurus, not Fusion. There are subtle differences in the greenhouse and windows which make the difference. Looks like it might be very similar to the Fusion which is probably a good thing.

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