Ford has officially unveiled the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. According to Ford, “Fusion brings alive the next generation of more expressive vehicles from Ford.” The all-new, more stylish Fusion is also the first sedan to gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions.
“Our vision for Fusion was clear – deliver the very best of what One Ford stands for,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with groundbreaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy – one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result.”
The 2013 Fusion is now more stylish than ever before and ditches the “three-box” designs that we’re used to in this segment. The Fusion borrows many styling cues from the Ford Evos concept and builds upon the design set by the current European Ford Mondeo.
Ford expects the Fusion to deliver best-in-class fuel economy across customers’ choice of gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid sub-segments. Buyers can choose between a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder and hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions. The two EcoBoost engines are a 179-hp 1.6L that is expected to get 37 mpg on the highway and a 237-hp 2.0L EcoBoost engine that can be mated to an all-wheel-drive system. The 1.6L EcoBoost also gets an automatic start stop system, which Ford says will fuel consumption and emissions by approximately 3.5 percent. The standard engine is a 170-hp 2.5L four-cylinder that can only be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Notice the lack of a V6 being mentioned? Ford is following the latest trend of only offering a four-cylinder lineup in its midsize sedan.
The Fusion Hybrid returns with lithium-ion batteries, which allows the Fusion to reach speeds up to 62 mph on electric-only power. The Fusion Hybrid is powered by an all-new 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 185 horsepower. It’s expected to get 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.
The most fuel-efficient Fusion is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. It uses the same 185 horsepower system as the Fusion Hybrid. The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid arrives this fall and is expected to deliver more than 100 MPGe, which is 8 MPGe better than the Chevy Volt.
The 2013 Fusion gets a host of new technology features like a new Lane Keeping System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Parking Assist and a Blind Spot Information System. The Fusion also gets the latest version of Ford’s SYNC communications and entertainment system. The all-new Fusion also offers the latest version of MyFord Touch.
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion will launch this fall.