2013 Ford Fusion Energi electrifies the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 9, 2012

Besides the 2013 Fusion and the 2013 Fusion Hybrid, Ford also introduced at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, a vehicle that aims to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Set to make its debut this fall, the 2013 Fusion Energi is expected to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles.

This means that the car will be able to outperform the Chevrolet Volt with 8 MPGe and with 13 MPG3 the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model. Moreover, the new Fusion will also receive an updated interior with improved materials, elevated levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi models will be equipped with active noise control, a feature that uses the audio system to mitigate extraneous road noise while enhancing powertrain sounds.

In terms of safety, the new Fusion was designed with customer safety in mind and engineers increased its body strength by 10 percent, using more high-strength steels such as boron, and added dual first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant’s size, position and seatbelt usage.

The design on the Ford Fusion follows the principles of high visual quality, making use of better materials and craftsmanship as well as higher attention to detail.

Further, the surfaces that you see inside the vehicle are softer and smoother to the touch and gaps on both the exterior and the interior have been minimized. Each edge and surface you see inside has been meticulously covered or upholstered. Opening the trunk lid, for instance, you will see that the trunk latch has been concealed by a spring loaded cover.

Fusion chief engineer Adrian Whittle says that the aim of the craftsmanship is to help the Fusion look more beautiful while also making the high quality apparent to the customer.

Additionally, the Fusion has handling and ride components that optimize the dynamics of the vehicle.

Program manager John Jraiche says that the Fusion is more fun to drive because of its custom tune EPAS or electric power assisted steering and a premium multi link rear suspension, as well as a MacPherson strut front suspension. This makes the Ford Fusion at par with BMW and Audi.

The Fusion now has a dynamic character thanks to the meticulous tuning that the ride and handling team gave the vehicle. Plus, you have a quieter interior because of the weight-saving sound-absorption material and the acoustic underbody shields. These minimize powertrain and road noise while also improving aerodynamic efficiency and fuel efficiency. The Fusion also has a full-perimeter hood seal and other components to make it one of the quietest vehicles in the midsize sedan segment.

In addition, Fusion Energi and Hybrid models also feature active noise control, which uses the audio system to lessen road noise and improve powertrain sounds.

Safe and Strong

Customer safety takes center stage in designing the Fusion. The company's engineers made the body stronger by 10% with the use of boron and other strong metals, as well as the row knee airbags and front airbags. The front airbags conform to the passenger or driver's specific position, use of seatbelt and size.

The safety team wanted to earn top ratings in every safety benchmark such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHTSA ratings and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick, as well as top scores in the different markets that will sell the car.

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