Yeah....that's what I am seeing. But I think it's because Ford tries to run the model past it's expiration date, then add more trim levels as a 'refresh', for a few years. By that time the competition has evolved a new generation and leading to their next.
My guess is that the longer the model runs, the cheaper it gets to manufacturer, and higher profit margins at lower volume, but just with crossovers and SUVs. That looks like the game that Ford is planning across it's entire lineup long term. But what will they do when the market shifts away from crossovers and SUVs?
I think it's more to do with delaying the up front costs of the new product cycle,
stalling lots of product cycles year over year and just doing MCEs saved Ford
billions it used in other areas to fund vehicles like F 150, Super Duty and the
large SUVs, Throw in development of the RWD Aviator/Explorer and we get
a picture of what is the priority and what vehicles are more like volume fillers.
Look at Escape and Explorer even though both are old in comparison to the competition
they still sell reasonably well, would arguably do so with 8-speed auto already in there.
Edge is similar with OK sales and playing a supporting role to Explorer.
I am not happy with their decision, but clearly it was made some time ago, which explains WHY they did not update their sedans. Kind of a chicken before egg scenario.
May sales of the hybrid (4,597) and energi (740) are still remarkably strong in a vehicle
where total sales have shrunk to about 12,000 sales. Maybe it deserved one more try with
the 8-speed auto on the 2.0 EB and 2.7 EB, maybe a 2" increase in wheelbase to give it
a large car feel without the width of its Chinese Taurus cousin. It wouldn't cost much to
rework Fusion and make it a much stronger contender against Camry and Accord.