2010 Ford Fusion officially revealed

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2008

For this year, the 2010 Fusion and Milan will furnish the all-new Ford Duratec 2.5-liter I-4, creating 175 hp; a highly improved 3.0-liter V6 that provides 19 hp in excess of its forerunner; and a 3.5-liter V6 that squeezes out 263 hp on the Fusion Sport variant. Fusion cars that come equipped with the 2.5-liter I-4 engine are anticipated to produce at least 3 miles to the gallon better on the highway in contrast to the Honda Accord and 2 miles to the gallen better than the Toyota Camry. All Fusion models are outfitted with six-speed transmissions that can deliver up to 10 percent fuel savings and a multitude of the latest industry technologies targeted at enhancing performance while improving fuel efficiency.

Barb Samardzich, the vice president of Powertrain Product Development, said that "Customers want it all exhilarating performance, continuing fuel economy improvements and low emissions all for a price that offers great value. Ford intends to deliver on every expectation as we migrate advanced technologies from shelf to showroom." The latest in-house study shows that fuel economy continues to be at the top of customers' purchase and consideration lists, with 38 percent of those who plan to own a new vehicle cite that they would be prepared to forgo performance for enhanced fuel economy. However, Ford has a no-compromise building strategy proposition, using reasonably priced engine, transmission and vehicle system technologies in great numbers so millions of customers can own and enjoy the best of both unrivaled fuel efficiency and excellent driving performance.

The all-new 2010 Fusion and Milan are the newest cars in the Ford listings to benefit from the company's push to develop the cohesion of its powertrain products around the world. Ford's approach is to create a smaller number of flexible engine and transmission designs, resulting in more reliable quality for customers and efficient manufacturing cost for the company. Ford has by now put in millions of dollars to develop advanced powertrain technologies and convert engine manufacturing plants into adaptable producers of lower-displacement, more advanced engines. These investments are aiding Ford realize its commitment to improve or change nearly all of its North American engines by the end of 2010; power 20 percent of products in North America with its 3.5-liter V6 engine that is both economical and high performance; and offer fuel-efficient six-speed transmissions on 98 percent of its North American lineup by the end of 2012. A lineup of 2009 models is already gaining top positions in the sphere of fuel economy in their particular segments.

This array includes the Ford Flex which has a highway best of 24 mpg, the Ford Focus with unparalleled highway best of 35 mpg, and the Ford escape, the leader in its class of small SUVs, with 28 highway and 20 city mpg. It is expected that the 2010 Fusion and Milan will deliver exactly the same fuel economy successes in the mid-size car segment, which helps build on an astronomical reputation for quality that includes Best Buy recommendations from a number of top consumer publications. The 2.5-liter I-4 Initially utilized on the 2009 Ford Escape, the all-new Duratec 2.5-liter I-4 gives the 2010 Fusion 175 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, which is 14 hp more and 16lb-ft more of torque than the 2.3-liter engine of the previous year. The I-4 utilizes intake variable cam timing (iVCT) technology to maximize valve timing, producing a wide torque curve that aids in the delivery of improved power with improved efficiency. Integrated into the powertrain is the electronic throttle control (ETC), dual-mode crankshaft damping, fresh intake and exhaust manifolds, and the latest underbody-only catalyst, which highly improve performance and add to superior fuel efficiency.

The 3.0-liter V-6 The enhanced 3.0-liter V6 that sits under the hood of the 2010 Fusion creates an excess of 19 more horsepower and 23 more lb-ft of torque for a sum of 240hp and 228 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter highlights a fresh air induction system and ETC as well as an industry-first Cam Torque Actuated (CTA) iVCT technology that utilizes available camshaft torsional energy instead of the pressurized oil to phase the camshafts. This permits smaller displacement oil pump against traditional hydraulic VCT systems for highly enhanced fuel economy. "With this technology, we are taking energy that is in your engine today energy that was previously wasted and using it to make an engine more efficient. The cam torque actuated technology is a significant player in the 3.0-liter's ability to provide customers fuel economy and performance," said Steve Wilkie, supervisor of Cam Drive/VCT Design. This ground-breaking method utilizes torsional energy to move the camshafts comparable to the way a hydraulic ratchet works.

The system gets oil from one side of the phaser and feeds it to the other side, instead than draining one side and filling the other as with a conventional hydraulic system. This permits the CTA system to work more efficiently at all engine speeds and it calls for a smaller oil pump, which results in lesser energy loss. CTA decreases oil pump flow requirements around 25 percent, creating a fuel savings benefit of up to 0.4 percent. What is more, the CTA-based system responds faster than a conventional hydraulic oil actuated VCT system, enhancing tip-in performance feel and adding to horsepower gains. The 3.0-liter is a fuel flexible engine that can run on E85, helping Ford make good on a promise made to double annual manufacture of vehicles able to run on renewable fuels by 2010. The 3.5-liter V-6 The award-winning Duratec 3.5-liter V6 enters the Fusion lineup for 2010, running the Sport version with a hefty 263 horsepower and 249 lb-ft of torque.

The 3.5-liter utilizes a dense, lightweight dual-overhead cam valvetrain for maximum power and smooth operation at high RPMs. This engine also integrates intake variable cam timing to maximize valve timing for a seamless idle and a remarkably wide torque curve with good power. A high 10.3:1 compression ratio and aluminum cylinder heads particularly designed for high airflow and maximized combustion help complete the package, sustaining the ability of the engine to produce great performance and efficient fuel usage, along with low emissions. The Six-Speed Trans The latest pairing of engines of the Fusion series with the 6F35-Mid automatic transmission added to the mid-size sedan's competitive edge, more so when contrasted with the outgoing five-speed gearbox that was offered with Fusion's I-4 versions. A five-speed is still the gearbox-of-choice for the 2.0-liter models offered on contenders, such as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.

When the six-speed is coupled with the 2.5-liter engine, for instance, the Fusion powerpack delivers 10 percent more in fuel efficiency together with improved power. The 3.0-liter configurations gain a 4 to 6 percent effectiveness. The transmission team for Ford made several particular changes to the 6F35-Mid to maximized its performance for Fusion, in addition to using special ultimate drive ratios for the 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter, developing an enhanced converter lock-up for lower operating temperatures and efficiency, recalibrating the converter clutch to house a fuel-saving hard line deceleration fuel shut-off system as well as other adjustments to minimize parasitic losses. A SelectShift function on the 3.0-liter applications was also integrated to provide customers the total enjoyment of a flexible manual experience. Other Fuel Savers The Fusion gas powerpacks integrate other improved fuel-saving and performance technologies, and others, such as: Electric Power Steering (EPS).

The 2010 Fusion has a rack- or belt-driven EPS system. Offered on the 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter engines, energy usage of an EPS system is ordinarily less than 7 percent of a traditional hydraulic rack and pinion power steering system, adding to less fuel usage. Ford has committed to fit up to 90 percent of its Ford, Lincoln and Mercury products with EPS by 2012 and first introduced a column-based EPS system on the 2008 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner. Adaptive Spark Ignition as included on the V6 configurations, this system can sense what type of fuel is being injected into the motor and communicates the information to the powertrain control module (PCM), which adjusts the spark accordingly.

The ignition system highlights two knock sensors instead of one to push performance further up. These two sensors detect the presence of unregulated burning in the chambers more accurately, so the control module can retard engine timing as needed to remove the possibility of engine knock and pinging. Aggressive Deceleration Fuel Shut-off. The 3.0-liter V6 also controls its gas usage by using aggressive deceleration fuel shut-off for an effectiveness improvement of an estimated 1 percent. When the driver releases the accelerator pedal to slow down, the system temporarily turns off the fuel. The flow of fuel smoothly returns when the vehicle reaches a low speed or when the driver accelerates anew. The system employs the transmission to keep the engine running at a low, more efficient operating point whenever possible. This system will be added to the 2.5-liter lineup later in the 2010 model year.

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