Ford Debuts 2013 Fusion at Detroit Auto Show
The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Monday. New to the Fusion lineup for the 2013 model year is a plug-in hybrid model, named the Fusion Energi, which joins the Fusion Hybrid and the gas-only Fusion.
The 2013 Fusion powertrain lineup “offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions,” Ford says in a statement.
The gas-only 2013 Fusion will get a couple new engine options. First is a 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that Ford expects to earn fuel economy ratings of 26/37 mpg city/highway, which is better than the current 2.5-liter four-cylinder Fusion’s EPA-estimated 23/33 mpg (automatic). A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will also be available. The EcoBoost engines will have a start-stop function, which shuts the engine off when idled to preserve fuel. Ford hasn’t released horsepower ratings for the new engines yet, or fuel economy estimates for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder, which is currently the base Fusion engine, will reportedly remain as an option, while the two V6 engines will likely be axed.
The 2013 Fusion Hybrid will get a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gas engine, which Ford says should get 47/44 mpg city/highway. The current 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that earns 41/36 mpg.
The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid should get more than 100 mpg-e (miles per gallon equivalent), according to Ford.
“Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford, in a speech unveiling the Fusion at the Detroit Auto Show, said the company had made environmental responsibility a key policy for Ford,” The Detroit News reports.
The 2013 Fusion will offer lots of available features. “In addition to a long list of nanny tech aimed primarily at those overwhelmed with the prospect of paying attention behind the wheel—adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, blind-spot warning, active park assist—you’ll also find the polarizing MyFord Touch system on the available features list,” Car and Driver reports.
Ford hasn’t released full specs or features yet for the 2013 Fusion lineup. In addition to Energi and hybrid models, the gas-only 2013 Fusion will come in S, SE and Titanium trims. The 2013 Ford Fusion is expected to hit dealerships this fall.
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