2012 Detroit Auto Show sees the 2013 Ford Fusion

The 2013 Ford Fusion has made its debut at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and it marks a premiere. The car is the first ever sedan to be available in 3 powertrains: gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid. The designers at Ford have hit gold with their recent models. The Fiesta and Focus are selling like hot cakes, and recently the 2013 Escape was revealed to be the Kuga’s replacement.

Now, the Fusion has been targeted for the first time since 2005. Outside of the United States of America, the car will be sold under the Mondeo name. And, just as Ford has accustomed us in recent times, the Fusion comes equipped with top class fuel economy figures coupled with a myriad of safety features.

For the mid-size segment, the powertrains available are the broadest of the lot. They include the hybrid and plug-in hybrid options, the 4 cylinder EcoBoost engines and the normally aspired 4 cylinder engine. Start-stop is to also be present, along with front and all wheel drive. All this will be paired with either a manual or an automatic 6 speed gearbox.

Although the released fuel efficiency figures for all 3 variants are very attractive, it should be noted they are just the company’s claims. That means that are subject to change. Until then, however, let’s see what those claims are.

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid has bundled together a 4 cylinder 2 liter engine with an electric motor, and together they bring about 180 horsepower. It is expected that the fuel economy rating for this car will be near the 45 mpg range on a combined cycle. If confirmed, the Fusion will outperform a few competitor including the 2011 Hyundai sonata and 2012 Toyota Camry.

The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is the most efficient in Ford’s lineup. The same 2 liter engine will be featured and it will be paired with a lithium-ion battery pack. 185 horses will be pulling the vehicle, with about 100 MPGe to be achieved. Again, if the numbers are confirmed, it will overtake the Chevy Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-in model.

Other available engines are the 1.6 liter EcoBoost developing 179 horsepower, a 2.0 EcoBoost with 237 horsepower, plus the naturally aspired 2.5 liter engine coupled with a 170 horsepower output.

On to the safety systems, we find airbags, as well as electronic assists based on sensors, radars and cameras. The latter includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Active Park Assist, Lane Keeping System, or the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. The car’s body was also strengthened by 10 percent using special materials, like boron, in the steel’s composition.

The inside has a simple, yet stylish, layout with instruments that are very easy to read, with the center console having a very large display.
MyFord Touch will also make an appearance. The driver will use his voice alongside the buttons and touchscreen to interact with the car. SYNC comes as a standard feature, too.

The US will see the car somewhere in autumn, while the rest of the world will have to wait until next year. Production will start later this month at the Hermosillo plant, Mexico, and the Flat Rock factory, Michigan.

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