2013 Ford Fusion Stuns in Detroit DebutJanuary 9th, 2012 by Armaan Almeida
Ford’s all-new 2013 Fusion, introduced at the Detroit Auto Show, is set to seriously shake up a class dominated until very recently by the Japanese. The last-generation Fusion actually outsold the Honda Accord in 2011, and on paper the new car appears better in every conceivable way.
Outside the new 2013 model does away with familiar Fusion DNA in favor of bold new styling with shades of Jaguar and Aston Martin, paired with a more grown-up version of the smiley front end treatment given to the Fiesta, Focus and upcoming 2013 Escape.
2013 Fusion Engine Options
2.5-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder (170 horsepower and 170 lb-ft. of torque)
1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder (179 horsepower and 172 lb-ft., 26 city/37 hwy mpg)
2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder (237 hp and 250 lb-ft.)
Hybrid 2.0-liter four-cylinder (47 city/44 hwy mpg)
Energi plug-in hybrid system (100+ MPGe)
The 1.6 EcoBoost’s mpg ratings mean that Fusion returns the best efficiency of any non-hybrid midsize sedan. The Fusion Hybrid’s efficiency ratings best all midsize hybrid sedans, including the newly redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid. As for the Energi, its gasoline equivalent mpg (MPGe) rating is better than that of the Chevy Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-in.
Ford has pulled out all the stops in driving aid technology: the new Fusion will feature a new active Lane Keeping System with alerts and eventual steering intervention, adaptive cruise control, automatic parallel parking and a blind spot monitoring system. Inside the car Ford continues its march toward the top of the technology ladder with its freshly updated SYNC with MyFord Touch infotainment voice-activated infotainment system.
Likely priced from around $22,000 for the Fusion and $26,000 for the Fusion Hybrid, Ford’s newest creation will hit dealerships in mid-2012.