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© Provided by Roadshow Pretty good, too bad it won’t be sold here. China MIIT

Feast your eyes on a handsome new sedan. And since this Ford Fusion, or Mondeo as Europe knows it, is a sedan, you know it won’t be heading to America. Nevertheless, this is a look at what could’ve been if Ford decided the Fusion was worth saving here in the US.

The photos you see here were posted to China’s Ministry of Information and Industry on Monday and they show what will be known as the Mondeo in China. Ford plans to retire that car in Europe, a couple years after giving the Fusion the hook here in North America. With its newfound life in China, the Mondeo takes a heaping dose of inspiration from the recently revealed Evos, also just for China. While the Evos is a wagon of sorts, the Mondeo remains a traditional sedan. The front fascia, just like the Evos, remains seriously good-looking with a lot of sharp lines. The rear, meanwhile, definitely looks related to the Fusion with a light bar serving as the taillights and similar cues from the car once sold here.

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© Provided by Roadshow This looks a lot like the Fusion we once knew. China MIIT

We don’t get a good look at the cockpit, but it’s a safe bet it shares a lot with the Evos there, too. If that’s the case, drivers will find a nearly end-to-end screen spanning the dashboard and, overall, a lovely design. 

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There’ve been rumors Ford has something cooking to replace the Fusion here in the US, and said rumors pointed to a high-riding wagon of sorts, kind of like the unloved and now-dead Buick Regal TourX. We’ll need to see what plays out, but for now, we’re staring at forbidden Chinese fruit.

2022 Ford Maverick: Low-buck truck with serious smarts

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1/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow This is the 2022 Ford Maverick and not only is it America’s least-expensive pickup, it’s also America’s cheapest hybrid vehicle of any type.
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2/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Pricing for this compact truck starts at a jaw-droppingly low $21,490 — and that includes $1,495 for destination fee).
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3/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Combined with its 94-kW electric motor, the Maverick hybrid’s 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder is estimated to return 40 miles per gallon in the city, as well as 33 mpg on the highway and 37 combined. That urban test figure is around double the fuel efficiency of Ford’s own midsize ranger.
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4/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow You can certainly option up the Maverick, however, including fitting a gas-only 2.0-liter EcoBoost powertrain. The latter is rated at 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, so it’s much more powerful than the hybrid model, which only gets 191 hp and 155 lb-ft. It’s also the only engine you can get with all-wheel drive.
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5/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Even base Maverick models include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. It’s actually roomier than the midsize Ranger and feels more modern inside, too.
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6/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow At its Nashville launch event, Ford let us test out the Maverick’s towing, hauling and (modest) off-road capabilities.
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7/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Maverick’s main competition is the recently launched Hyundai Santa Fe, which has a wilder design but is significantly costlier, plus it’s a lot less efficient than Ford’s hybrid.
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8/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The Maverick can be had with a 4K towing package, enough to tote a small trailer, boat or a pair of ATVs on a double-axle trailer.
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10/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow While the base Mav starts at around $21,500, it’s possible to option one to around $37,000 if you check enough boxes. That said, the base XL hybrid might be the best Maverick — it certainly is in terms of bang for the buck.
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11/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow Keep clicking and scrolling for more images from our first drive of the 2022 Ford Maverick.
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18/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow This little dude only costs $22,985 after destination.
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19/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The Ford Maverick XL trim still looks pretty good, despite being the base model.
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20/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow The wheels definitely give off a truckier vibe.
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21/70 SLIDES © Provided by Roadshow It rocks some sweet 17-inch steel wheels.
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