2010 Ford Fusion: Improved Power, Fuel Economy

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Update: Ford spokesman Alan Hall has told us that the four-cylinder Fusion will be available with a six-speed manual transmission as well as a six-speed automatic. The V-6 Fusion will only be available with the automatic.

We recently showed you the new 2010 Ford Fusion with details on its hybrid variant, but Ford also announced new engine and transmission specs for the non-hybrid model, including improvements to boost fuel economy and power. The current Fusion hasn’t exactly been competitive on the fuel economy or horsepower fronts compared to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. Mileage has typically lagged by about 2 mpg, and the V-6’s power was short by at least 40 hp compared to the competition. Ford is looking to change that with the addition of a more powerful V-6 and a more efficient four-cylinder, as well as a new transmission and other technologies to improve fuel efficiency.

For 2010, the Fusion will offer three engines, compared to two in the current generation. A new 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 175 hp is also used in the new 2009 Ford Escape, and in the Fusion it’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford says this nets a 10 percent bump in fuel economy over the previous five-speed transmission. The 2010 Fusion is expected to achieve highway ratings that are 3 mpg better than the automatic Accord (rated at 30 mpg on the highway) and 2 mpg better than the Camry (rated at 31 mpg).

The carried-over 3.0-liter V-6 gets a bump in power, from 221 to 240 hp, and gains E85 capabilities, which boosts power to 250 hp when using the ethanol blend. The 3.0-liter becomes a mid-level engine option, as a new 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 is introduced. The 3.5-liter is only available in a new Sport package that will also have all-wheel drive. There aren’t any fuel economy estimates yet on that combo.

Performance for the new Fusion is an estimated zero to 60 mph time of 7 seconds for the 3.5-liter V-6, while the four-cylinder manages to hit 60 mph in 9.5 seconds. 

The Fusion will use an electric power-steering system on 2.5- and 3.0-liter models for better gas mileage. The 3.0-liter gets a fuel cutoff feature that shuts off fuel flow during deceleration and coasting for a claimed mileage improvement of 1 percent. Fuel cutoff will be added to the four-cylinder later in the 2010 model year.

By David Thomas | October 30, 2008 | Comments (11)
Tags: Ford, Fusion

Comments 

Watchdog

Ford did not mention the availability of a manual transmission in its press release however one is available with the 4-cyl according to their order guide released to dealers.

sheth

"The current Fusion hasn’t exactly been competitive on the fuel economy or horsepower fronts compared to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. "

Can we do some fact checking every now and then? When the Fusion came out the camry offered either 194hp or 225hp (SE) which is hardly much better than 221hp. The camry offered 158hp than (and now) and the Accord offered 160hp which was the same as the 2005 Fusion 2.3L. At the time the Fusion was introduced it was competitive in hp. It still has more standard hp than the Camry. The 2005 Accord had 19 more hp than the Fusion. The gap only widened last year when the 2008 debuted.

sheth

watchdog:

where can we access the order guide? I want to see all the options.

Watchdog

A dealer guy posted it over on one of the forums on blueovalnews.com

Ed

So the 4 cylinder is supposed to go 0-60 in 9.5 seconds with 175 horsepower? I feel like Ford is understating those numbers. How do the competitors match up? Anybody know?

sheth

Most cars in this class need about 8.5 secs to get to 60. I wouldnt trust Ford's number because the 2008 model needs about 9-9.5 secs to get to 60 with the auto. This car has more power and 6 speed so I expect it to be in the 8.5 sec range. C&D timed the Malibu LTZ with 6 speed auto at 8.6secs.

Mr Wonderful

Why not make it look like the Mondeo? I don't like the three bar design...dissapointed.

George

When the Fusion was launched (model year 2006), power was competitive against against the Camry. I4 vs I4, Ford's 3.0 vs. Toyota's 3.0 (Toyota's 3.3 had much more torque than Ford's 3.0)

Unfortunately for Ford, the '07 Camry 3.5 V6 was way faster than the Fusion. But Ford was still competitive on power with the their four cylinder engine, but mileage was inferior.


250hp from a 3 liter engine, from Ford?

Chez

I've driven V6 versions of the Fusion, Camry, and Accord. The Fusion is fine as a rental car but in all other aspects it's not in the same class the V6 Camry and Accord. As much as Ford tries to change they actually stay the same. The three bar grill is a good example of this. It's still an unattractive look on all of their models.

Adam

When does this go on sale?

sheth

I believe first quarter 2009. Production starts in two months.

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