Ford Pulls the Plug on the Fusion Sport
It doesn’t come as a surprise, but it still hurts to learn that Ford’s modern-day take on the ’60s family performance sedan will die with the 2019 model year.
While the automaker’s doomed Fusion nameplate will live on for 2020, the brawny, all-wheel drive Sport variant will not. The automaker confirmed the model’s discontinuation, meaning performance-minded Blue Oval breeders must now turn their attention (and lust) to the brand’s ST-badged crossovers.
Ford dropped the Focus and its warmer variants in May of 2018, with the pint-sized Fiesta and its ST hot hatch alter ego meeting the same fate last month. There’ll still be some 2019 models kicking around for some time, no doubt. However, if your lifestyle demands called for real seating for five, the Fusion Sport offered serious performance and under-the-radar looks for an after-delivery price of $41,010.
Indeed, that’s nearly six grand more than a loaded Titanium model, but twin-turbocharged V6 horsepower and AWD comes at a cost (current offers show a $1,500 lease incentive, btw). And the Fusion Sport, despite its outdated interior, was indeed a blast to drive.