Here’s something that worries Subaru for sure. According to our sources and judging by the spy shots, Blue Oval started working on the 2022 Ford Fusion Active. Basically, the model is a high-riding wagon, so it’s essentially the biggest challenge for the Outback. Still, let’s not forget the Buick Regal TourX which belongs to the same category. The segment clearly grows, so let’s see what Ford’s first high-riding, soft-road mid-size wagon brings to the table:
The mysterious vehicle which is speculated to be named the 2022 Fusion Active obviously shares underpinnings with the Focus Wagon. More precisely, we think that the Outback’s worst nightmare gets the stretched version of the CD4 architecture. Some sources, on the other hand, claim something different though. They say the high-riding wagon rides on stretched C2 platform. Either way, the 2022 Ford Fusion Active will use front- and all-wheel- drive. Based on proportions of the wagon with an impressive amount of ground clearance, the automaker will most probably use pretty much the same powertrains as it uses with the current Escape. Meaning, potential buyers will be able to choose between 181-horsepower turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-4 and a 250-horsepower turbo 2.0-liter inline-4. A 200-hp hybrid with a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 will be in the cards too, though don’t expect anything but automatic transmission. The 8-speed auto tranny is the first on the list for sure.
Since we are looking at the very first testing mule of the future crossover-wagon-something, we can’t really say how exactly it is going to look like the 2022 Ford Fusion Active. Based on the footprint, however, we are pretty sure it’s going to be as large as the biggest rival from Subaru. In addition to the identical mid-size dimensions and roughly the same amount of space inside, the future model will most likely cost less than the Outback. That’s right! The lower price will be Blue Oval’s strongest card in the game.
The soft-road wagon with impressive ground clearance will come in prototype form in some six months from now, so stay tuned for updates. The deal, however, won’t be done until 2021, so be patient if you want to drive the Outback’s biggest nightmare.