NEW FOR 2012:

– 17-inch painted steel wheels with painted covers replaced with 17-inch split-spoke painted sparkle silver wheels on SE
– Luxury Package adds available Ginger Interior Environment
– Exterior colours: Ginger Ale, Blue Flame Metallic, Black, Red Candy Tinted Clearcoat and Cinnamon Metallic added; Light Ice Blue discontinued

For 2012, changes to the Ford Fusion are in trim. The SE receives new wheels, and the Luxury Package can be ordered with a Ginger Interior Environment (in conjunction with specific exterior colours) with premium leather-trimmed seats with Fusion logo, unique stitching, matching door inserts, premium floor mats, matching console lid, leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast stitching, unique trim and machined aluminum sport pedals.

The Fusion is available as the S, SE, SEL FWD, SEL AWD, Sport AWD and Hybrid. The conventional models come with a choice of three engines. A 2.5-litre four-cylinder with six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission comes in the S, SE and SEL AWD. A 3.0-litre V6 with six-speed automatic is used in the SEL AWD and can be optioned in the SE and SEL FWD. The Sport uses a 3.5-litre V6 with six-speed automatic.

The Hybrid uses the 2.5-litre four-cylinder with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and electric motor, in front-wheel drive only. It is capable of running on its battery alone, and comes with a special instrument cluster display that rewards fuel-efficient driving with branches that “grow” more leaves as mileage improves.

Features on the S include 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power mirrors, cruise control, one-touch up/down power windows, power locks with keyless entry, illuminated entry, tilt and telescopic wheel, MyKey, driver and passenger vanity mirrors, cloth seats, split-folding rear seat, CD/MP3 stereo, speed-sensitive variable intermittent wipers, low tire pressure warning, trip computer, and security system.

The SE adds 17-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, seatback storage pockets, automatic headlamps, eight-way power driver’s seat, floor mats, wheel-mounted audio controls, and fog lamps.

The SEL models add 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, chrome side window moldings, keypad locking, garage door opener, auto-dimming rearview mirror, overhead console with storage, leather-wrapped wheel, ten-way power driver’s seat, wireless connectivity, rear reading lamps, compass, and outside temperature display.

The Sport adds 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, rear spoiler, power sunroof, heated leather seats, power passenger seat, premium audio system, rain-sensing wipers, reverse sensing system, and blind spot warning system.

The Hybrid is outfitted similarly to the SEL, but does not have a folding rear seat.

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