2010 Ford Fusion unveiled at the LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2008

The attention to minute detail by Ford's concerning the renewed Fusion starts with a fresh design that supplies the vehicle with a more athletic appearance and enhanced aerodynamics. The car's newly developed front end, with its headlamps, grille and larger fog-lamp area, improves more the sporty characteristics of the 2010 Fusion.

Aerodynamic improvements and new underbody shields increases further the fuel economy of Fusion. Customers who are keen for a fun-to-drive mid-size sedan will be attracted to the wider, sportier appearance of the Fusion. The interior design team, for all the models, created a more modern, technical appearance with fresh metallic finishes on the instrument panel that moves to the center console, doors and steering wheel. 

The Fusion's sportiness and comfort are enhanced by the addition of a new shifter. The modification also included the seats. Seats were transformed by the revision of the contours, the addition of more side support and an overall softer seath with seamless bolsters and extra textural inserts. Contrasting stitches and tipped leather inserts that offers more character that fits a mid-sized sedan are all featured in the Fusion.

For more improved fuel efficiency and power, both the inline four-cylinder and V-6 engines are upgraded. With Ford's new 2.5-liter I-4 engine Fusions are expected to generate at least a 5 mpg enhancement in contrast to the 2009 version on the road, ensuing in fuel economy that is at least 3 mpg higher than the Honda Accord and 2 mpg over the Toyota Camry. The horsepower and torque of the 2.5-liter I-4 engine have been enhanced from the car's retiring 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine, generating up to 175 hp and 172 ft.-lbs. of torque compared to the previous 160 hp and 156 ft-lbs. As a result, acceleration performance from 0-60 improves by more than a second, now exceeding Camry and Accord.

Highlighted in the 2010 Fusion is an all six-speed transmission range, with the new 2.5-liter I-4 engine, which is offered with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The preceding 2.3-liter I-4 in the Fusion was offered with only a five-speed transmission. The equipment added on the I-4 provides superior drivability and performance as well as fuel economuy, said Powertrain Team Leader for the Fusion, Matt Hettenhouse. "The gear ratios and the overall span of the transmissions allow us to have a more-efficient shift schedule," he said. A smoother acceleration is offered by a deeper first gear. While at the top end, a higher gear permits the engine to run slower in highway traffic conditions resulting in fuel savings.

The Duratec 30 3.0-liter V6 a proven workhorse by Ford has also improved on the 2010 model, providing highway fuel economy improvment of at least 1 mpg city and 2 mpg highway. Horsepower in the 3.0-liter V-6 also improved to 240 hp and 222 ft.-lbs, up from 221 hp and 205 ft.-lbs. in the preceding variant. The 3.0-liter engine is now Flex Fuel-capable and can run on E-85 ethanol, which generates even up to 250 hp.

Also available on models with the 3.0-liter engine and the latest Fusion Sport 3.5-liter engine are front-wheel drive and on-demand all-wheel drive feature. The Fusion Sport 3.5-liter V-6 delivers 263 horsepower and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. The adaptability in the powertrain systems provides wide ranging options for buyers with different needs.

The 2.5-liter and 3.0-liter models of the 2010 Fusion now comes outfitted with Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system, enhancing the driving dynamics of the vehicle while generating higher fuel savings because the steering system is run by the electrical system instead of the engine. In addition, EPAS gives customers improved steering sensation and lowered low-speed efforts that when paired with an almost 1 foot smaller turning circle for 2010 makes parking an easy task.

Besides all the improvements in the 2010 Fusion's steering, handling and enhanced brake pedal feel, the Fusion team also took a look at how to develop the comfort of the car, including the lowering of both wind and road noises. Among all the enhancements made on the 2010 Fusion are hood insulators, inner and outer dash absorbers, fresh carpet and glass, modified sealing baffles, additional sound diffusers in the trunk, new interior material and new headliner material. Enhanced body and door sealing also add to Fusion's best-in-class position in wind noise. All in all, the reduction in wind noise and road noise places Fusion near some of the best luxury cars in terms of quietness and best-in-class speech intelligibility. Fusion's wind noise, for instance, is 3 sones better than Camry and Accord. Versions with the I-4 engine are leaders in their class with respect to wind noise and road noise.

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