Ford have recently been dropping hints about a new Ford Fusion, and what I mean is that they will soon reveal the redesigned sedan for 2020. But even before this, they are already considering a minor upgrade for the mid-sized 2019 model year. Some of the more noticeable upgrades include visual cues on the outside like a new grille and LED driving lamps up front, as well as a new trunk lid panel and LED tail lights in the rear.
As for technology, the Ford Fusion has now been given Ford’s driver assist systems, which they had just rebranded as Co-Pilot360 earlier this month. Now, this comes standard throughout the Fusion line.
Having said that, even the base model Fusion S will be equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, auto high-beam headlights, and a rear backup camera. If you want to opt for something more premium, then there is also the Co-Pilot360 Assist. This adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, voice activated navigation with Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link.
The 2019 Fusion will also go through some badge changes. For instance, the SEL trim level will make a comeback, which simply assumes the role previously filled by the SE Luxury Package. Platinum model then stands as the range topping model, meaning that the Fusion Sport inherits the top spot with its all wheel drive and V6 power. After the upgrade, Ford will equip the whole lineup with the 1.5 liter EcoBoost engine, except for the Fusion S and Sport. Hybrid models will then be given a 2.0 liter engine in the gas-electric marriage.
As for the hybrid world, the 2019 Fusion Energi Titanium should have almost 20 percent projected increase only from its electric only operating range. It also features rain sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, and many others.
When looking at the data Ford has collected from over 23,000 hybrid customers in recent years, Ford says that projected increase could allow up to 80 percent of plug in customers to tackle daily commutes on just electric power. This is if the cars are charged up for both work and home. Also, we find that Ford uses the words “projected” and “potential” too often, so real world results could actually be different.
Aside from the things we mentioned earlier, some of the upgrades that the 2019 Fusion got include new colours (both inside and out) and wheel options. Overall, we think that the 2019 model year has been made sleeker and smarter. This will be available beginner sometime this summer. Furthermore, the car will make its first public debut at the next auto show which will be held in New York next week.