picture postThe name’s Fusion, Mercury Fusion

1996 Mercury Fusion concept


1996 Mercury Fusion concept

In the mid-1990s, Mercury had matured into a brand for… well, mature people. Seeking to broaden its appeal, this FWD compact “SUV” was conceived by Ford’s California Concept Center, in 1996. The waterfall grille being its only Mercury styling vestige.


1996 Mercury Fusion concept

At the rear is where the fun factor was worked in. The back half of the roof was made of fabric and folded open while the rear windows popped out for an almost convertible experience. The tubular framing remained in place.