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I'm kind of mixed on the design. Like Akirby I see 370Z, I also see Honda Accord Coupe in the B-post area, perhaps due to a couple pics I saw in MT. The rear shot from MT reminds of an old IMSA car or an aftermarket light treatment available years ago. I think the front end is too Fusion, whereas the smaller cars use a mix of that and the older Ford Ka, i.e. Fiesta. It has some touches of BMW 1-Series and 4-Series, which I also think will help in EU, especially when equipped with the 2.3L.
Nothing really wrong with these, as I'm sure quite a few will love the design progression. It's kind of like the Corvette C5, C6, C7. People liked it, disliked it or were "eh, whatever".
Well, back to the snow.
Actually, with the exception of the swept back headlamps the 2015 front end is almost identical to the 2014 as viewed from the front. It's a lot more 2014 Mustang than 2014 Fusion.
I have to disagree; there is quite a bit of Fusion in the car, as with the core of Ford small and mid-size cars. The compact and subs are more Ford Ka from years back, which was actually ahead of its time with the oversized headlamp treatment.
Perhaps the upper portion / header of the grille but if you look at the whole frontal treatment it is lifted from the Fusion design language. The sweptback headlights you mention; the foglamp area; the surface trims, sharps and the sweeps of the lower valance; the way this blends / flows into the fenders; the shape of the main / upper grille surround on the sides - it's Fusion. Nothing wrong with this as stated before, this is the design language. No different that the Dodge cross-hair, Audi going back to the Auto Union design for their front grille treatment, VW plain-Janeing their front-end styling. I just wish the other makes didn't follow Audi with the bigmouth grille, turning a unique design into a big-mouth bass./ fugly sea of black. This has been taken too far IMO, but if it helps them with sales, great.
Again, you cannot just look at one element and say the whole design is previous gen; it is the whole. Perhaps it's because I've been in automotive design for over 20 years I can see design language from program to program, car to car.
I wasn't saying that it's not Fusion-like. But from that standpoint it's also not a complete departure from the 2014 model either. It looks like an evolution of the 2014 front end combined with the new Fusion and other Ford global vehicle design language.
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