According to our in-house sleuths-on-loose (on the internet), Ford has filed a patent for the Stormtrak name. Now, Ford had announced that it will be moving away from other body styles and will be dedicated to producing crossovers and SUVs for the foreseeable future. Add to that the disguised crossover-ized Fusion Wagon that has been spotted testing all over North America, it will not be a stretch to guess that the name patent is for the Fusion wagon. The target it has in its sights is quite apparent, the Subaru Outback. The Outback has run almost unopposed so far and enjoys a healthy market share as a consequence of being a one-of-a-kind vehicle, something Ford intends to change. The Stormtrak will mate the functionality of the wagon to the ground clearance of a crossover, all built on an already tried and tested Fusion platform. Expect the Stormtrak to be offered with a slew of engine options. In fact, in all probability, Ford might carry the engine options over from the Fusion lineup.

That would mean the Stormtrak could be offered with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options. Expect prices to start from $25,000 and go up to $38000.

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Detailed Specs

Engine / 1.5L / 2.0L EcoBoost / 2.5L 4-cyl / 2.0L 4-cyl hybrid
Power (hp) / 181/245/175/188 (combined)
Torque (lb-ft) / 185/275/175/258 (combined)
Transmission / 6-speed AT / CVT
Drivetrain / FWD/AWD (2.0 EcoBoost only)
Price (estimated) / $25,000-$28,000