Ford's 2013 Fusion Hybrid Clobbers the Competition, Delivers 47 MPG City/44 MPG Highway
January 8, 2012 11:34 PM
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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):
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2012 Chevrolet Malibu Eco
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI
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
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
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.
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RE: 1.6-liter EcoBoost (179hp/172 lb-ft)
1/9/2012 1:15:19 PM
You can't have this kind of car with a lower class engine. It's not that it couldn't be done, it's because the hybrid trim isn't part of the lower end. Even if you'd strip it of all the luxury stuff they add to it, it'd still be too expensive. And not to mention that car makers have an higher margin on higher trims. Hybrids are pricier to build, and I guess makers maybe reduce their margins to keep them somewhat affordable.
RE: 1.6-liter EcoBoost (179hp/172 lb-ft)
1/9/2012 6:12:30 PM
It's not so much that they reduce their margins, it's that the government heavily subsidizes hybrids, both directly and indirectly. Directly they subsidize with tax credits ($7500 for a plug-in hybrid, I believe) and indirectly they give manufacturers bonuses on their CAFE fleet mpg ratings, so a notional hybrid vehicle sale that is at 50mpg counts as, I believe, a 100mpg vehicle when averaged into their fleet for CAFE purposes. This allows people within the administration to say that they're forcing new higher mpg requirements even when they're not achievable and nobody thinks they're realistic. At the same time, it allows car manufacturers to pay not pay the penalties for not meeting said new, unrealistic targets.
The US taxpayer carries a pretty heavy burden on hybrid sales and they turn the already comical CAFE system into a worse joke.
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