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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: Gotta be honest...
By Keeir on 1/9/2012 4:47:17 PM , Rating: 2
Thank future CAFE rules.

Unfortunately, too many people were choosing the V-6 option for the Fusion. Removing the V-6 option (and selling less) will likely ensure this new fusion meets the CAFE requirements.


RE: Gotta be honest...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/9/2012 4:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
Too many people were choosing it?

The V6 take rate for midsize sedans (which offer a four-cylinder engine as well) is less than 15% industry wide.


RE: Gotta be honest...
By Spuke on 1/9/2012 6:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The V6 take rate for midsize sedans (which offer a four-cylinder engine as well) is less than 15% industry wide.
Yeah, V6 take rate has never been very high. As long as the power is there hardly anyone will notice anyways.


RE: Gotta be honest...
By Keeir on 1/9/2012 7:09:55 PM , Rating: 2
Yes,

The Fusion had an unusually high take rate for the V6 option. (Maybe because the AWD was tied to it?)

Reading between the lines about Hybrids and the MKZ, V6 take rate for the Fusion was above 20%, potentially as high as 30%.


RE: Gotta be honest...
By alcalde on 1/9/2012 10:51:32 PM , Rating: 2
I love people who embrace truth over truthiness. You, Sir, are one of those people.


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