Ford said that the 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric sedan is capable of travelling 21 miles on electric-only power and could achieve 620 miles on a full charge and full tank of gas, comparable to what a diesel engine can achieve. Ford has been slowly releasing information about the PHEV. So far, we know that the Fusion Energi has a rating of 100 MPGe combined, making it superior to both the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In.
However, it’s below the 115-MPGe Honda Accord Plug-In. The Fusion Energi offers 21 miles of battery-boosted power, making it better than all of its competitors except the Volt.
The Volt is rated for 38 miles of electric power. But the Fusion, as well as its C-Max Energi mechanical twin, has a 620-mile range on a full battery and tank of gas. This figure means that it can go 46 miles farther than the Accord, which has a rating of 574 miles. Of the plug-ins, the Fusion is the most powerful, producing 195 hp compared to the Volt’s output of 150 hp and the Pruis’ 134hp.
Honda hasn’t announced the performance output for the Accord PHEV yet. In addition, the Fusion Energi offers good value when compared to its rivals. It’s not as expensive as the Chevrolet and the Honda. It’s possible that the Ford model costs $6735 higher than the Toyota’s model that costs $32,760 (including destination charges). Notably, it could achieve nearly twice the EV range. The 2013 Ford Fusion Energi will arrive in dealerships in late winter to early spring of 2013.
Chris Hamilton, chief exterior designer for the next-gen of the Fusion, remarked that the previous model was an easy choice for customers. He quipped that their goal was to provide customers a top-drawer visual experience, thereby making an already rational choice to be emotionally appealing.
The design team considered five elements to serve as guide in penning the looks of the new Ford Fusion: silhouette innovation; perceived efficiency; refined surface language; technical graphics; and technical graphics. In case of “silhouette innovation,” the Fusion is provided with a sleek profile that distinguishes it from "three-box" designs (powertrain/cabin/trunk) usually associated with midsize sedans.
The “perceived efficiency” aspect resulted to the addition of character lines sweeping to the rear as well as thin roof pillars – all suggesting the nimbleness of the car. Moreover, the Fusion should have a “refined surface language,” which means it features a well-executed design that doesn’t even need further decorations. As for its “technical graphics,” the Fusion’s functional design elements -- headlights, LED rear lamps and exhaust tips – help convey the sedan’s technological capabilities. Of course, the new Fusion should feature a “new face,” as ushered in by Ford’s new global design language for midsize cars and smaller vehicles.
Meanwhile, the interior of the new Fusion remains driver-focused with expanded functionality. Its driver-focused cabin features a higher center console as well as a number of clever storage systems. To give way for a more spacious cabin, the instrument panel was moved towards the windshield. Its seats – supported by thinner and lighter frames – are trimmed with fabric using recycled sustainable yarns.
Overall, the new Fusion makes true its promise to deliver high visual quality while employing enhanced levels of materials and craftsmanship. Its interior features surfaces that are now softer to the touch. Meanwhile, its exterior now has minimized gaps. In addition, each edge and surface that customers could touch is now upholstered or covered. For instance, a spring-loaded cover automatically conceals the trunk latch hardware once the trunk lid is opened.