Ford Motor Co. plans to equip the forthcoming 2013 Fusion with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine matched with an auto start-stop option. The company stated that it will offer the start-stop option for $295 in the United States. The automaker has yet to disclose the price for the EcoBoost engine option in the Fusion.
The automaker said that the Ford Fusion will be the first non-hybrid mid-sized sedan to be equipped with the auto start-stop technology. This feature automatically turns off the engine when the automobile stops, but restarts the moment the driver releases the brake pedal. Ford Fusion marketing manager Samantha Hoyt disclosed that the company anticipates Fusion drivers with this option to save around $1,100 more compared to other midsize sedan owners for a duration of five years.
The company revealed that those driving in heavily congested city traffic and urban areas will benefit the most, with as much as a 10% improvement in fuel efficiency, or around 3.5% on average. The 2013 Fusion will be launched for sale this fall. It is claimed to return 37 mpg on the highway with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost, the automaker disclosed.
It further stated that it intends to produce as many as 1.5 million units of EcoBoost engine worldwide by 2013 to be used in a range of vehicles. In January, Ford has revealed that it intends to offer EcoBoost engines in 11 automobiles this year, an increased from the seven in 2011. Last year, the automaker manufactured 127,883 automobiles with EcoBoost engines in North America.
The new Ford Fusion delivers best-in-class fuel economy across all sub-segments. Whether it’s gasoline, hybrid, or plug-in hybrid sub-segment, the carmaker is following through with its commitment to be the leader in fuel efficiency, with every new model it brings to the market.
Ford Fusion brings the widest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains that are designed for the midsize car segment. The Fusion also offers alternatives that are either hybrid or plug-in hybrid, as well as a pair of EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines, an automatic start-stop system that shuts off the engine when it is stationary idle, a normally aspirated 4-cylinder engine, a choice between manual and automatic shifted 6-speed transmissions, and all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive applications.
The 1.6L EcoBoost delivers best-in-class 4-cylinder non-hybrid fuel efficiency level of 26 mpg for city driving and 37 mpg for highway driving. Meanwhile, the 2L EcoBoost engine – coupled with paddle-shifted 6-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission as well as with available 19” wheels and tires and an all-wheel drive that can send extra torque to the car’s rear – is Fusion’s performance option.
Moreover, the Fusion Hybrid, which was named the North American Car of the Year for 2010, continues to evolve and to innovate with lithium-ion batteries that generate more power than the nickel-metal hydride batteries used in previous cars as well as save weight. These all-new batteries also raise the car’s maximum speed from the previous 47 mph to 62 mph under electric-only power.
In Addition, the Ford Fusion Hybrid features a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine, which was downsized significantly from the previous 2.5L unit while still retaining performance standards. The Fusion Hybrid’s innovative powertrain is expected to deliver 44-mpg fuel economy for highway driving and 47 mpg for city.