Ford’s all-new Fusion brings alive the
next generation of more expressive vehicles from Ford and is the first
sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions – each
expected to deliver top fuel economy and an engaging driving experience.
Featuring a sleek silhouette and fresh
face, the all-new Fusion is the latest in a series of vehicles from Ford
– following the 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus small cars –
developed to satisfy customers everywhere looking for leading fuel
efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks.
“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 ground- breaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy –
one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and
better drivers. This car is the result.”
Fusion is revealed in North America in
S, SE and range-topping Titanium series and points to the next Ford
Mondeo for world markets.
Triple-crown fuel efficiency
New Fusion is expected to deliver
best-in-class fuel economy across customers’ choice of gasoline, hybrid
and plug-in hybrid sub-segments, delivering on Ford’s commitment to be
the fuel-efficiency leader – or among the leaders – with each new model
brought to market.
Fusion brings the broadest selection of
fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. It offers 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-liter EcoBoost is expected to
deliver best-in-class four-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency of 26 mpg
in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The 2.0-liter 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
The Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American
Car of the Year – continues to innovate and 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.
Fusion Hybrid also features an all-new
2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly
downsized from the previous 2.5-liter unit while maintaining performance
standards. This innovative powertrain is anticipated to deliver
best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the
Fusion Hybrid fuel economy stands to
outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway
and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.
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, Fusion Energi is
anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency
metric for electrified vehicles. This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet
Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius
plug-in hybrid model.
The next-generation Fusion 1.6-liter is
the first automatic-transmission Ford product offered with an automatic
start-stop system. It shuts off engine power smoothly when the car is
stopped and seamlessly restarts as the driver releases the brake pedal,
helping Fusion to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by approximately
Fusion will be produced at Ford’s
Hermosillo, Mexico, manufacturing facility, soon adding production at
AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The car will appear
in Ford showrooms in North America and South America later this year.
Mondeo will be introduced next year in Asia and Europe.