"The poor man's
." That's what
is tentatively dubbing the
GT, an EcoBoost-powered, SVT-massaged version of the automaker's staid sedan. According to the buff book,
will equip the
GT with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, producing around
hp, still short of the engines 415 hp capabilities. Instead of trying to shovel that much grunt through the front wheels, Ford will tap Haldex to supply a part-time all-wheel-drive system to aid grip and limit torque steer, and it's possible that a paddle-shifted six-speed auto 'box could be part of the package.
The Fusion GT would be the fourth model to benefit from Ford's line of EcoBoost engines, which currently power the
. Four-cylinder versions are in the pipeline and are expected to power the entry-level Fusion in 2010, along with a high-performance version of the Focus and another version of the
crossover. EcoBoosted sixes are also
to be motivating Ford's downsized
, but according to
, a blown V6 for the next
is on hold.