The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid was introduced today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and FoMoCo says that this car will outperform its main rivals such as the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid and the 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The 2013 Fusion Hybrid is powered by an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine (previous Fusion Hybrid was powered by a 2.5-liter unit) capable to deliver best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway. This means that the 2013 Fusion Hybrid will be able to outperform the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid by 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid by 12 mpg and 4 mpg, respectively.
The 2013 Fusion Hybrid also receives new lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal hydride batteries. With the new batteries, the new Fusion Hybrid will be able to hit a maximum speed under electric-only power of 62 mph (previous model had a maximum speed of 47 mph). The all-new Ford Fusion also gets the industry-exclusive SYNC communications and entertainment system, which enables voice-activated communication through a driver’s mobile phone and interaction with the car’s audio system.
Moreover, we find the MyFord Touch that allows the driver to interact with vehicle systems through voice control, a touch screen tap or a conventional button. The interior receives next-generation seating that brings expanded functionality. A new higher center console now supports the driver-centric theme and yields clever storage for items a driver wants to keep handy. “The previous Fusion was an easy purchase for a customer to rationalize,” said Chris Hamilton, chief exterior designer for the next-generation model. “Our design goal for the new car was to give the mainstream sedan buyer a top-drawer visual experience, adding some emotional appeal to an already sensible choice.”