Ford will be displaying the new Fusion, along with four customized vehicles built by tuners all throughout the U.S., at the 2012 SEMA Show. A photo of the custom Ford Fusion from Tjin Edition has just been release. It demonstrates the ideal combination of performance and luxury. Its exterior gets a custom DuPont Beige paint job that is enhanced with a 3dCarbon lip kit. Katzkin redoes the interior while Scosche Audio provides the stereo. With regards to performance, the team at Tjin Edition went to Unique Fabrication and Vibrant for a custom turbo kit while Magnaflow gave a sporty style to the Fusion with a side-exit exhaust system. The Tjin Edition Fusion is equipped with custom 21-inch iForged Concave wheels covered with Falken tires, a Baer big brake upgrade as well as suspension from Pedders.
In addition, 3dCarbon will show off its own Fusion at SEMA that gets a European influence. The exterior will receive a 3dCarbon body kit that offers the Fusion an elegant all-new silhouette. It also gets a set of HRE wheels, lending a stylish build. The Fusion from Ice Nine Group is probably the most unusual of the four. It takes inspiration from the V8 Supercars Series, which will finally make its debut in the U.S. in 2013.
This build prioritizes road-race styling and performance. It’s obviously sponsored by Monster Energy Drink due to its green exterior and graphics package. Then there’s the MRT Performance Fusion that builds on the sedan’s sporty style. It has a stunning black-and-blue paint scheme while the matching blue Forgestar wheels provide a hint as to what MRT has prepared. The tuning company gave the Fusion a custom Eco-Flow exhaust while balancing modifications to style, chassis, and powertrain. The product is a fun and stylish street car that’s aimed at making the Fusion the No. 1 choice for sedan buyers.
Ford has long been committed to being among those in the top, or possibly even take the lead, which it comes to fuel efficiency. The brand has followed through this promise with every new model that it has released. One of these models is the Ford Fusion which is able to offer what may be the best fuel economy in its segment. Further, it also gives customers a choice between a gas-powered version, a hybrid mode, and even a plug-in hybrid one. With these choices, the Fusion clearly has a wide range of selection when it comes to fuel efficiency powertrains under the midsize car class.
In addition to plug-in hybrid and hybrid versions, Ford will also be offering a four-cylinder naturally-aspirated engine and two four-cylinder EcoBoost engines. Offered as well will be the automatic start stop system which allows the engine to be shut off while the vehicle is idle. There is also the choice to have and all-wheel drive or a front-wheel drive. The engines are paired to a six-speed transmission, in either a manual format or automatic version. Going back to the engine, the first is the four-cylinder EcoBoost 1.6-liter engine capable of delivering non-hybrid fuel efficiency of 37 mpg for the highway and 26 mpg for the city.
For those who want performance, then the EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine coupled with the SelectShift Automatic six-speed paddle-shifted transmission is a good option. It comes fitted with 19-inch wheels and has an all-wheel drive which is capable of channeling any extra torque to its rear. Meanwhile the Ford Fusion Hybrid will have the four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter gas-powered engine.
This is smaller compared to the 2.5-liter engine in the previous version but the performance continues to be the same. Ford said that it expects this cutting-edge powertrain to have the best fuel economy in the segment having highway rating of 44 mpg and city at 47 mpg.
Named as North American Car of the Year in 2010, the Fusion Hybrid continues to evolve and show innovation particularly with the lithium-ion batteries. Not only are the batteries lighter when compared to the nickel-metal hydride version, they are also able to deliver more power. As a result, the maximum speed, under the all-electric mode, is increased from 47 mph all the way to 62 mph.