2012 Detroit Auto Show: 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid ready to show FoMoCo’s new face

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 9, 2012

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.

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.

Ford’s Fusion boasts a design that does not only promise high visual quality, improved materials, attention to details, and higher level of craftsmanship, but also delivers amazingly on these promises.

You will appreciate the car’s interior surfaces, which are soft to the touch, as well as its interior and exterior gaps, which are minimized. Meanwhile, extra care was taken to upholster every edge and every surface that you can touch.

Ford Fusion Chief Engineer Adrian Whittle says that the holistic goal of their craftsmanship process is to make sure that the car not just delivers a superior experience visually but also feels top quality for customers. And the key contributors to how the car feels include the ride and the handling components that can maximize vehicle dynamics.

According to John Jraiche, program manager at Ford, the Fusion is really a driver's car and is even more fun and exciting to drive with its specially tuned EPAS or electric power-assisted steering, its premium-level multilink rear suspension (which is comparable to BMW and Audi configurations), and its MacPherson strut front suspension.

Moreover, the company’s vehicle ride and handling team did a careful tuning for the Fusion that resulted to a dynamic character. This character will surely please car or driving enthusiasts and increase the level of confidence for the less-experienced drivers.

Ford Fusion’s interior also features acoustic underbody shields as well as weight-saving sound-absorbing material. Both features lessen powertrain and road noise, while boosting the car’s aerodynamic efficiency in order to save fuel. The new car also adds content like a full-perimeter hood seal in order for it to be among the leaders in the mid-sized sedan segment when it comes to a quiet ride.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford Fusion Energi models also boast active noise control, a feature that utilizes the audio system to lessen extraneous road noise and to enhance powertrain sounds.

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