Ford refines the midsized segment with the all-new 2013 Fusion
Since being introduced a in 2006, the Ford Fusion has been one of Ford Motor Company’s bestselling models with over 225,000 sold in the 2011 year but with the midsized sedan segment offering such tight competition, Ford set out to build a next generation Fusion that would change how the American consumer looks at this affordable segment. Like the currently available Ford Fusion, the 2013 Fusion will offer a variety of traditional gasoline engines and a hybrid drivetrain along with the new Fusion Energi – a plug-in hybrid expected to offer better than 100MPGe.
On the outside, the 2013 Ford Fusion sports design cues previously seen on the Ford Evos Concept with a larger silhouette and appointments that provide for a much more upscale look than the midsize market has been known for over the past decade. The 2013 Ford Fusion looks more like a luxury car than an affordable midsized sedan thanks to the sharp exterior design, the refined interior and a variety of amenities like an advanced all wheel drive system, adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping system, active park assist and Ford’s Blind Spot Information System close the gap between luxury and affordable. The segment in which the Ford Fusion competes has become more about how much you get for your money and with the introduction of the 2013 Fusion – Ford looks to offer more for the money than any other midsized sedan on the market.
“Our vision for Fusion was clear – deliver the very best of what ‘One Ford’ stands for,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with ground- breaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy – one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result.”
While gadgetry and great looks are nice, the biggest news for the new 2013 Ford Fusion is under the hood as the Fusion comes in three different forms with a total of 5 different engine options across the initial 2013 lineup. The next generation Fusion will continue to feature all wheel drive on the premium non-hybrid models along with front wheel drive throughout the rest of the lineup and while the majority of 2013 Fusion models will come fitted with a 6-speed automatic transmission, there is also a manual transmission option coming for 2013.
The basic gasoline-powered (non-hybrid) 2013 Ford Fusion offers three engines, beginning with a 2.5L 4-cylinder that is expected to offer 170 horsepower and 170lb-ft of torque. This engine will only be available with a front wheel drive configuration and a 6-speed automatic transmission.