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^ Looks like an oversized Focus. I was expecting a more extensive restyle.

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via Dustyw85 elsewhere...
an online .Pdf (LINK) (that I don't have to go thru)
is said to have a 'picture' of the 2017my Fusion MCE


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this doesn't look as diff as I expected
Fairly minor cosmetic update for Fusion, looks like a smoother more integrated grille, thinner and higher up with more bumper space below it. It's funny because the MKZ facelift looks more like the current fusion than the new Fusion. Glad to see LED accent lighting finally making it to the Fusion. Headlights pickup a shape we've seen with the new C-Max and the upcoming Escape, although it's more subtle here and thinner. If I squint, it looks like we have quad LED headlamps in there, no projectors. I'm assuming Ford is moving to all LED all-the-time since the Explorer update made it standard which suggests better costs and reliability (and well, most cars in this segment offer premium lighting except Fusion). MKZ is also getting similar LED lamps.

It's okay, maybe better than average for the segment but most will have a hard time noticing the difference, except the LEDs
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I'm happy with the Fusion grille because it tightens up the front end. I find this particularly good given the MKZ will be moving to a face that's much closer to the current Fusion than the current MKZ. A less upright front end on the Fusions helps with the differentiation.

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A nice and nip and tuck as expected. I'd like to see some new colors and an ST version.

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The tipster was anonymous...do I look anonymous to you?
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The more extensive design change seems to be with the lower portion of the front end. Adding more chrome makes it more prominent. While pulling the grill wider to a point.



Similar to the update for the C-Max
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I could be wrong, but I truly do believe that many customers have a broader range when they cross-shop than we assume. Sure, some buyers will ONLY compare apples and apples, but if you're not hung up on FWD / RWD, an MKZ and MKS could very well be a consideration for a luxury buyer at the same time as a ATS and CTS. And even if that isn't the case, I think it's good if Lincoln is looking at the bigger picture and seeing what they SHOULD and WILL be competing against.
Although the cars are technologically very different, the customers may be similar and Ford wants to achieve competitive benchmarks in a huge variety of bullet points, from NVH, materials, design, ergonomics, ride quality, features, etc. So sure, like everybody they benchmark competitors. As for the 200, Chrysler did say the used the Fusion as the benchmark...and obviously to great success. The 200 does have technologies the Fusion is adopting, like a rotary shift knob or even a 9-speed (maybe). A rotary shift knob is new to Ford and Chrysler is the first to do it in an affordable mass scale so it's safe to assume it was dissected and studied closely to inform Ford's design and implementation. That's just one of a hundred or so benchmark points to consider.
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