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2013 Ford Fusion EcoBoost 2.0
Ford assaults the midsize sedan market with the 2013 Fusion

The next generation Ford Fusion has been a highly anticipated vehicle in the auto industry. The midsize sedan market has been heating up and Ford needed to bring its A-Game in order to stay competitive. Well we can safely say that Ford did indeed bring its A-Game, and may end up sending its competitors back to the drawing board early in the powertrain department.
 
The new Fusion lineup which now consists solely of four-cylinder engines:
  • 2.5-liter naturally aspirated (170hp/170 lb-ft)
  • 1.6-liter EcoBoost (179hp/172 lb-ft)
  • 2.0-liter EcoBoost (237hp/250 lb-ft)
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (Atkinson-cycle) hybrid
  • 2.0-liter naturally aspirated (Atkinson-cycle) plug-in hybrid 
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost will deliver 26mpg in the city and 37mpg on the highway, topping all non-hybrid competitors.


2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid
 
Likewise, the new Fusion Hybrid with the normally aspirated 2.0-liter engine will now deliver 47mpg in the city and 44mpg on the highway. The increased fuel economy (from 41/36) comes from the downsized engine (the old Fusion Hybrid used an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine) and a new lithium-ion battery pack. Thanks to the more powerful battery, the Fusion Hybrid can now travel at up to 62mph on battery power alone.
 
For comparison (city/highway):

2013 Ford Fusion Energi

As for the Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid, Ford will only say that it will be rated for 100 MPGe, which makes it more efficient than a Chevrolet Volt.
 
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost will take the place of the previous V6 engine. Although fuel economy numbers haven't yet been released for this model, there's no doubt that the 2.0-liter EcoBoost will offer similar performance while sipping less fuel. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost will also be available in FWD and AWD variants.
 
And we can't forget the dramatic new styling direction with the Fusion. Gone is the Gillette-esque grille that has been replaced with a nose that wouldn't seem out of place on an Aston Martin. There's no doubt the 2013 Ford Fusion will be the most dramatically styled mainstream sedan on the market, and consumers won't have to drive "design-challenged" vehicles like the Toyota Prius and Honda Insight to get incredible fuel economy across the board.

2013 Ford Fusion interior 

When it comes to technology, the Fusion Hybrid will be available with SYNC, the much-maligned MyFord Touch infotainment system, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be in U.S. showrooms in the latter half of 2012.

Source: Ford



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RE: WOW
By Spuke on 1/9/2012 12:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
Wow is right!!! Ford is serious! Was planning to buy used but not so sure now... The increase in price just might be offset by the fuel economy gain. It seems there's a HP AND a MPG war. Who's next?!


RE: WOW
By Samus on 1/9/2012 1:40:00 AM , Rating: 3
Wow, first the Taurus, then the Fiesta, then the Focus, and now this. They just keep looking better and better.


RE: WOW
By drycrust3 on 1/11/2012 1:00:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
They just keep looking better and better.

I think the average recent Ford car has a better aerodynamic shape than most other brands.


RE: WOW
By Keeir on 1/9/2012 4:56:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, that's some styling... I just wish an automaker would step up and make these cars (4 door coupe shapes) into some lift backs with folding flat rear seats (like on the Jetta SportWagen. This car + 40+ cubic feet of car space = why buy an CUV?


RE: WOW
By Heidfirst on 1/9/2012 5:40:03 PM , Rating: 2
they do - at least here in Europe.
This is the next update of the Mondeo & we get saloon, hatchback & estate (station wagon) versions.
With seats down you get ~1750 litres of loadspace in the estate.
With the new Fiesta, Focus & now Mondeo (sorry, Fusion) Ford are Europeanising their NA range.


RE: WOW
By Keeir on 1/9/2012 5:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately, NA isn't slated to get even the liftback. Which is a shame. It looks just like a sedan, but can carry 30-50% more.

(I know in Europe it's referred to as a Hatchback, but in NA, that means more like a shorted estate rather than a door on the back of a saloon)


RE: WOW
By alcalde on 1/9/2012 10:50:18 PM , Rating: 2
We've got the Nissan Juke.. we've got the Cadillac CTS Wagon (and the 556HP CTS-V Wagon!!!). We don't need anything else.


RE: WOW
By Samus on 1/10/2012 5:56:01 AM , Rating: 3
I hope you're juking?


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