Ford has been hard at work overhauling its midsized offerings, and is just about ready to show off the fruits of its labors. Lucky for us, our spy shooter managed to catch some clear shots of near-production versions of the 2013 Ford Fusion and the 2013 Lincoln MKZ.
The 2013 Fusion will be the first of the pair to make its debut – its unveiling is set for January at the Detroit auto show. It will also be the next chapter after in the One Ford initiative taken by the automaker to have a single lineup across all of its global market – starting with the new model, the Fusion and European Mondeo sedans will become one vehicle.
And as far as midsized sedans go, the new Fusion may be very daring. The production car looks to stay close to the design of the Evos concept car from this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The slim, canted headlights, wide-mouth oval grille, diamond-shaped LED taillights, mulit-spoke wheels, and sloping roofline will all carry over. However, the Fusion will wear four forward-opening doors instead of the four gullwings of the concept. Expect to see a choice of turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engines to find their way under the hood of the new Fusion. Whether or not Ford decides to follow competitors’ leads and eliminate the option of a six-cylinder engine remains to be seen.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ also looks adopts a swoopierlook. Unlike the current MKZ and Fusion, the 2013 models don’t look to be the same kind of badge-engineering job they are now. The only design aspect the both seem to share is the sweeping, almost-hatchback roofline.
This MKZ prototype looks to wear slightly heavier camouflage, potentially hiding some Lincoln-specific design cues; could it be detailing similar to the 2013 MKS teaser Lincoln showed yesterday? We have a reasonably clear look at the front clip, which wears the trademark winged grille that seem to be wider, shorter, and have more smaller ribbing than the current grille. The headlights look to be on a similar angle to those on the Fusion, but we’d expect triangular units similar to those on the current MKS, MKT, and MKX models. Unlike the Fusion, the MKZ wears a set of LED running lights mounted low in the fascia.
The camo obscures much of the rear end, but there is definitely some kind of LED treatment for the taillights. There may also be some kind of lighting on the trunk lid besides the center high-mount brake light, as we can see something through a central window in the camo that’s at the same heightas the taillights. Could the full-width taillight be making a return?
The MKZ isn’t supposed to hit the market until later in 2012, so don’t expect to see the final car before the New York auto show in April.
We’ll let you know more as it unfolds once we see the new Fusion and MKZ next year.