Ford did a juggling act on its two intermediate car lines for 1982. It took the station wagon models out of the Futura (formerly Fairmont) series and placed them in the Granada line. This change realigned the Futura coupe and sedans toward the fleet/leasing end of the business, broadening the product line in the more expensive and upper level Granada series, paving the way for the 1983 introduction of the Tempo front drive replacements for the Futura coupe and sedan.
The changeover from Futura to Granada for mid-size wagons yielded only a few changes to the hardware, since the two car lines were identical in size and layout under the skin; they shared wheelbase and other dimensions, suspension/steering componentry and most powertrain combinations, and in the case of the wagon specifically, look like twins when viewed from side or rear. The only cosmetic differences between the, Fairmont wagon and the 1982 Granada wagon are in the front ends, seats and instrument panels.