Well, it was good while it lasted. Ford has decided to simplify the 2020 Ford Fusion lineup, the car’s last model year in the U.S. As part of the simplification, Ford is ditching the powerful Fusion Sport from the lineup.
The news comes credit to Cars Direct, who theorizes the Sport’s premature death likely stems from its price tag. The 2019 Fusion Sport starts over $41,000 after destination charges, making it one pricy midsize sedan in an era in which midsize sedans–at any price point–are not selling so well.
Nonetheless, it was an interesting sedan. Powered by Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, the Fusion Sport offered 355 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, which powered all four wheels. Layer that on top of the fact the car was effectively the top-end Fusion Titanium with a bigger engine and the high price doesn’t seem so shocking.
The Sport’s death leaves the EcoBoost 2.0-liter as the most powerful engine offered in the 2020 Fusion. This mill churns out 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.
Production of all Fusion variants is expected to end later this year. Fusion joined the Ford lineup back in 2006.