Detroit, Michigan – Ford announced that its redesigned mid-sized 2013 Fusion sedan will be offered with gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. As well, the new Fusion will offer new safety technologies, including a Lane Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, Blind Spot Information System, and MyFord Touch.
“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 new Fusion will offer hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic start-stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions.
The 1.6-litre EcoBoost is expected to deliver best-in-class four-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency while the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine – paired with a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission, available 19-inch wheels and tires, and all-wheel drive with the ability to send additional torque to the rear – is the Fusion performance option.
The Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year – continues to evolve with all-new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal hydride batteries, while raising maximum speed under electric-only power from 47 mph to 62 mph.
The Fusion Hybrid also features an all-new 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly downsized from the previous 2.5-litre unit. This powertrain is anticipated to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway.
According to Ford, the Fusion Hybrid’s fuel economy is expected to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Topping the fuel-efficiency ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this Fall, the Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver better fuel efficiency than the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid models.