Originally Posted by 62Lincoln
It's possible that Ford might be looking to consolidate onto the C platform that underpins the Focus; Honda has already done the same with Civic and Accord. Presuming that Ford's C chassis can be stretched in a similar manner for the Fusion, it would conceivably allow Ford to consolidate sedan production at one plant, and free another plant for more CUV output, which is where the market seems to be headed.
Garlic, the Ford autonomous vehicle is being tested with Fusions, but Ford have already stated that the AV will be a bespoke product.
There would be no reason to stretch the Focus to do a new Fusion.
The Fusion rides on the CD4 platform which also underpins the Mondeo, MKZ, MKX, Edge, Continental, next Explorer, and quite likely next Lincoln "Explorer".
While most people think of the Flex as a total failure, it sells in a predictable, steady amount year after year despite being as old as sin. A new Flex off of CD4 would be cheap to do.
A Ranchero crossover pickup would be another logical idea to explore. Hyundai is going there...
If they can find a way to get an additional 2-300K units off of the CD4 with a higher profit margin while killing the Fusion, Mondeo (most likely), and MKZ, then it's a win.
When the Nautilus was introduced the question was asked why the MKC wasn't renamed when it was made over and the answer was that Ford had specific plans for the MKC's future.
If the MKC, Ford Escape, and Kuga go to a version of CD4--a very logical move--all falls into place. With the Focus exiled to China, the Global C platform isn't the priority it once was for the NA market.