Ford has unveiled new versions of its ever popular Ford Fusion mid-size sedan – all embedded with advanced technologies designed to deliver what customers want and need. Ford's Fusion lineup now includes the Fusion V6 Sport, the Fusion Platinum, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid.
Fusion V6 Sport is Ford's V6-powered performance sedan. At the core of the all-wheel drive Fusion V6 Sport is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that develops up to 325 horsepower of output and 350 lb.-ft. of torque – which is around 50 hp and 100 lb.-ft. more powerful than the 3.5-liter V6 engines that power the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Fusion V6 Sport is also available with continuously controlled damping, thereby allowing for real-time suspension tuning according to setup and road inputs. Moreover, the Fusion V6 Sport comes laden with pothole detection technology, which quickly and appropriately makes certain adjustments to the vehicle's shock absorbers in order to reduce the severity of impact, thereby any bumps on the road would not be felt by occupants.
With superb power and handling, the Fusion V6 Sport remains as stylish as ever, whether you’re looking at the exterior or inside the cabin. For instance, its exterior features deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille as well as rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets. The Fusion V6 Sport rides on 19-inch wheels.
Fusion Platinum, meanwhile, is a version that offers a level of refinement and craftsmanship not typical of ordinary mid-size sedans. Powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, this all-wheel-drive Fusion comes with a cabin that is laden with premium material like Cocoa leather-wrapped instrument and door trim panels as well as a Venetian leather-finished steering wheel. On the outside, Fusion Platinum comes with a distinct grille finished in Magnetic paint as well as 19-inch polished wheels.
On the other hand, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are Ford's latest hybrid versions of the best-selling mid-sedan. Both the new Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi boast of new software that allows them to deliver not only a more refined ride, but also a more engaging drive. Nevertheless, serving as the core of these plug-in hybrids are more efficient electric motors that make them consume less fuel while travelling their farthest distance so far.
With these new exciting products on hand, Ford is now able to offer vehicles that beat all others in this segment. Packed with an array of technology, the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi are offered with an advanced EcoGuide system that could provide drivers with real-time coaching, which should make them drive more efficiently and thus consume less fuel. Fusion Energi's electric motor is linked to a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which allows the plug-in hybrid to travel up to 19 miles using pure electric power.
Once the battery's power is activated, Fusion Energi will automatically be run by 2.0-liter gasoline engine that allows drivers to travel over 500 miles. Ford has not stopped in its tracks in developing lithium-ion batteries that are lighter and smaller than the nickel-metal hydride batteries found in the Toyota Camry Hybrid. Depleted batteries of the Fusion Energi could be recharged to full power in just 2.5 hours. Moreover, the Fusion Hybrid is designed and developed to determine when the electricity is at the lowest price during the day, thereby commencing charging only when that time comes.
Furthermore, the vehicle could preheat or precool the cabin before drivers leave, which should save more fuel. Both the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi could travel up to 85 mph even when cruising in pure electric mode. Battery is already recharged while the vehicles are on the move, thanks to the regenerative braking that captures up to 95 percent of the energy lost through heat during braking.
Aside from these technologies, the Fusion is also laden with a number of new features not offered in the segment. The presence of these features has made the Fusion the most technologically advanced midsize car that Ford has ever released in North America. For instance, the Fusion is the first to offer Ford's pedestrian detection system. It is also capable of hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking. Moreover, the Fusion features a new high-tech gear shift dial that allows for a more spacious cabin.
Also, the Ford Fusion comes with lane-keeping assist technology, which – through a forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror – helps drivers to stay on the proper lane by monitoring lane lines. Additionally, the midsize sedan comes with the available Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert. This system – employing sensors in the Fusion's rear quarter-panels – is able to detect traffic in a driver's blind spot, and is able to provide both audible and visual warnings if it detects unseen traffic.
BLIS also enables cross-traffic alert, providing warnings about oncoming traffic when the Fusion is backing out of a parking area and the view is obstructed. Likewise, the new Fusion comes available with the Ford SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system— which is now faster and features more conversational voice recognition.
It also comes with a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen with user-friendly graphical interface. Offered as an option to SYNC 3 is SYNC Connect, which allow allows drivers to remotely perform certain functions – like starting the car, scheduling future starts, or locking and unlocking the Fusion -- using their smartphone.
Ford will commence sales of the new Fusion this summer, to be followed by the Fusion V6 Sport weeks later. Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer for Global Product Development, remarked that the new Fusion offers people "a lot more car" as it provides helpful technology and stylish design as well as a more rewarding driving experience than its rivals.