|Ford Fusion Energi Forum
|2012 Detroit: 2013 Ford Fusion Bows, Energi Plug-In to Rival
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|Author:||zac [ Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:28 am ]|
|Post subject:||2012 Detroit: 2013 Ford Fusion Bows, Energi Plug-In to Rival|
Ford will offer a plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi about five months after the 2013 midsize sedan goes on sale this fall, company product chief Derrick Kuzak announced Monday morning at the Detroit show. Ford expects the Fusion Energi, which will not travel as far or as fast gasoline-free as the Chevrolet Volt, to achieve an EPA fuel mileage equivalent of about 102 mpg, substantially better than the Volt.
“Fusion’s fuel economy, especially the hybrid, has done more for awareness of Ford than any other product,” company president for the Americas, Mark Fields said.
Ford will triple its EcoBoost engine production capacity in North America over the year, said CEO Alan Mulally.
“Clearly, 2012 is significant for everyone associated with our Ford,” Mulally said.
He said Ford will unveil the Mondeo version of the Fusion later this year in Europe (meaning, Geneva probably), and will launch the car in Asia later in the year.
We’ve long known this One Ford Fusion/Mondeo would be coming, so the Blue Oval held this secret to drop on the automotive press Monday morning: there will be a plug-in electric Energi version. Ford says it expects an EPA fuel mileage estimate topping 100 MPGe, better than the Chevrolet Volt. The Fusion Energi will not have the kind of all-electric range as the Volt, however, and the gas engine will take over under heavy loads. The Energi goes on sale about five months after the Fusion’s late summer/early fall release.
Otherwise, the new 2013 Ford Fusion joins the growing cadre of midsize sedans to offer four-cylinder engines only. The new hybrid version exchanges the 2.5-liter for a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four based on the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo, which also is an option. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four will be available with both a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic and the 2.0 EcoBoost will be offered with optional all-wheel-drive.
The 2.5-liter four carries over as the Fusion’s base engine, though, and Ford says it will make up a larger percentage of cars sold than the 10 percent of new, ’13 Escape buyers it expects to take the engine. Tied to the Fusion’s entry and popular mid-level trims, the 2.5 will be important to value-conscious buyers, as both of the EcoBoost fours are assembled in Europe, so the transfer costs will be high.
Beside the rakish “four-door coupe” styling, the Fusion is designed to set itself apart from the vanilla midsize sedan crowd with high levels of standard and optional features. This includes the latest, and claimed to be easiest-to-use version of MyFordTouch and Sync. Eight airbags are standard, including two front knee bags, and there’s SOS post-crash alert, optional lane-keeping aid, blind spot information system and active park assist. One of the advantages of converging the American Fusion with the European Mondeo is that Fusion gets optional start/stop technology, available only on 1.6-liter EcoBoost automatics with 17-inch wheels.
Most important though, is that exterior design chief Chris Hamilton and his crew has worked hard to combine the Fusion’s rakish, coupe-like styling with a capacious interior. For example, the slightly rising beltline makes the roof look much lower than it is.
Read more: Fusion Energi forum.
|Author:||rob [ Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:32 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Re: 2012 Detroit: 2013 Ford Fusion Bows, Energi Plug-In to R|
Now it seems as if Ford is threatening General Motors, as the well-received Fusion Energi goes on winning awards.
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