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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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I'll bet Ford gets sued...
By Beenthere on 1/9/2012 7:55:44 AM , Rating: -1
...over th EPA city mileage claims, (just like Honda), as most people will never see anything close to those figures. Car makers are tuning the cars for the EPA test cycle and even though the EPA has tried to make it representative, the car makers have out-smarted the EPA so the numbers are no longer real.




RE: I'll bet Ford gets sued...
By Kurz on 1/9/2012 9:46:58 AM , Rating: 2
You mean the faulty battery packs in the Honda?

I easily beat the EPA estimates, maybe if more people drive steady state they'll see the same MPGs or better. Except people constantly Accelerate and Decelerate by hitting their brakes, then they wonder why they get piss poor mileage.


RE: I'll bet Ford gets sued...
By Beenthere on 1/9/2012 11:32:36 AM , Rating: 1
No the battery packs have nothing to do with EPA milegage figures. The cars are being tuned to give unrealistic EPA results not typical of everyday use.


RE: I'll bet Ford gets sued...
By twhittet on 1/9/2012 11:51:42 AM , Rating: 2
No, the battery packs have EVERYTHING to do with the EPA figures for Honda getting sued. The battery packs are losing their integrity, which means less MPG and/or less HP.

If the cars stand up to the EPA tests time after time, they should sue the EPA, not the car manufacturer.


RE: I'll bet Ford gets sued...
By JediJeb on 1/9/2012 5:50:21 PM , Rating: 2
I noticed on the lawsuit that complaint comes from the same model vehicle being rated lower and lower mileage on the sticker each model year and after several years settled down to what is more realistic. The owner who is filing the suit contends that Honda overestimated the mileage for the first few years just to market the vehicles. If they can prove that then Honda is at fault. If it is proven somehow that the EPA estimates changed over the years because of changes to the protocol or something like that then I guess Honda will win.


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