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January 9, 2012

2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Ford Fusion

Today, Ford debuted the highly anticipated 2013 Ford Fusion.  Based on the Euro-Spec Ford Mondeo, which has been on the market since 2007, the 2013 Fusion blends Euro-Chic with American Utility to bring the first car available on our shores utilizing the ‘Kinetic’ design language seen elsewhere in the world of Ford products.

The 2013 Ford Fusion not only brings with an entirely redesigned interior and exterior but also some welcome drivetrain and powertrain changes as well.  Among these include a pair of new EcoBoost motors.  The base being a 1.6L unit said to produce approximately 180 hp and deliver best-in-class non-hybrid/diesel fuel efficiency of 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.

Also new is the 2.0L EcoBoost unit that is expect to bring 237 hp to the table and, when pair to a paddle-shifted six-speed conventional automatic, return over 30 mpg highway consumption.  This will naturally be the sporting choice of the new Fusion lineup with available 19-inch wheels and a first-for-the-class rear-biased AWD system.  That should liven things up a bit as the rest of the competition offers at least 260hp in top spec trim.

Also available is a new Hybrid motor that replaces the old 2.5L unit with a new 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four cylinder.  This combination is expected to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway while still producing 185 hp.  And rounding out the powertrain choices, at a later date, a plug-in hybrid Fusion will be available that is said to return more than 100 MPGe  That is 8 more than the Chevy Volt and 13 more than the plug-in Prius Hybrid.

Other performance/safety/efficiency enhancements include some class and industry firsts such as the ‘Lane Keeping System’ which Ford says is designed to help the driver maintain their lane position by detecting when they begin to unintentionally deviate from it.  In addition to this is going to be optional Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Park Assist, and Blind Spot Information System.

One major and much needed change is a vast update of Ford’s SYNC infotainment system.  Often being difficult to use, not very intuitive, and just downright awful to operate even the simplest tasks, this new system is ‘supposed’ to fix all of that.  No details on what that means just yet but we aren’t holding our breath Ford.

Ford is also promising a much more upscale interior feel with higher visual quality, improved materials, increased levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail.  Said to be present are softer touch materials, minimized gaps inside and out, higher quality upholstery, and other little bits that Ford hopes will add up to a big impact in this typically ‘modest’ level of quality in this segment.  Previously only Volkswagen with the Passat had this type of build and material quality.  We will see if Ford can match the Passat in this area.

The 2013 Ford Fusion promises to blend Europeaon style and driving dynamics with Americans taste for affordability in this of most competitive segments in the entire market.  With upcoming entrants from Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and Chevy, just released entrants from Volkswagen and Toyota, and the aging well Hyundai/Kia and Subaru models, this class is hotter than ever.  Check out the new 2013 Ford Fusion at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, open to the public next week.

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