Ford abandoned plans to bring the Focus Active to America, but the company hasn’t given up on crossover-inspired wagons.
That’s clear today as spy photographers snapped an interesting prototype which has been tentatively dubbed the Fusion / Mondeo Active.
While the model is heavily disguised, it features a stylish grille with a three-dimensional mesh-like pattern. On either side are slender LED lighting units, which are presumably daytime running lights and turn signals.
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The bold design continues further back as there’s sleek bodywork and flush-mounted door handles. We can also see a rakish windscreen which flows into a sloping roof that continues all the way to the rear end. This gives the model a sportback-like appearance and it was presumably done to appease wagon hating Americans.
Elsewhere, we can see large wheels and a generous amount of ground clearance. The prototype also sports roof rails and eye-catching red brake calipers.
The cabin is barely visible in the spy photos, but a revealing image surfaced last month showing a nearly full-width screen. It will likely be broken up into three different sections including a digital instrument cluster, an infotainment system and an entertainment screen for the front passenger. Putting that aside, there were also minimalist air vents and what appeared to be a rotary shifter.
Ford has been tight-lipped about the upcoming model, but previous reports have suggested it could be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There have also been rumors about a plug-in hybrid variant, but we’ll likely learn more later this year.
Picture credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops