2013 Ford Fusion: This Is (More Of) It

You've seen the ghostly outline of the 2013 Ford Fusion, now behold two clearer angles of the next generation of the blue oval brand's mid-size sedan ahead of its impending Detroit Auto Show debut. Malibu what?

These photos show how influential the Ford Evos Concept was on the next-gen Fusion, which moves off its old platform and onto a new global one shared with the Mondeo (the debate over what to call it continues. I like Fusiondeo).

There's the Aston-ish kinetic grille, aggressive nose, and angry thin eyes all on display in these clearer shots from Czech website Auto Forum.

2013 Ford Fusion: This Is (More Of) It

Other details still remain to be revealed, including drivetrains (ahem, Ecoboost?), but it already looks like it does what the Fusion needs to do to be competitive: upstage the aging Camry/Accord/Altima triplets, offer a viable alternative to the Optima/Sonata, and absolutely crush the underwhelming Malibu and Chrysler 200 refreshes.

For Americans it's a revelation. A huge leap from the boring Fusion. Europeans will just see it as a nicer, newer Mondeo. And that is — in the words of ex-con Martha Stewart — a good thing.