2013 Ford Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu
  • Looks like: Ford's Evos Concept bore fruit ... right away
  • Drivetrain: 170-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 179-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder or 237-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual (1.6-liter only) or six-speed automatic; front- or all-wheel drive (Fusion); 185-hp (combined), 2.0-liter four-cylinder with electric motor (Fusion Hybrid, Energi)
  • Hits dealerships: Fall 2012

Car shoppers returned to family sedans in December, and a fresh round of products will greet them in 2012. Ford kicks things off with the next-generation Fusion, which hits U.S. dealers this fall and international markets as the Mondeo in early 2013.

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Ford says 70% of consumers see midsize sedans as a lookalike group, and 43% who trade theirs in say they did so just to have something different. The Fusion cuts through this, falling into Kia Optima and Hyundai Sonata territory for outside-the-box styling. Design cues mirror the Evos Concept from last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, with thin headlamps that sweep clear toward the front fenders and a low, forward grille. The beltline stays visually flat — in contrast to the rising lines on most sedans — and the bumper runs flush with the trunk lid, with integrated tailpipes beneath. Wheels range from 16 to 19 inches, and trim levels include the S, SE and Titanium. There will also be Fusion Hybrid and plug-in Energi models; the Energi arrives closer to the end of the year.

Inside, the Fusion adopts MyFord Touch with a few more physical keys, as well as detents to help your fingers find the touch points. Thinner seats free up rear legroom, and Ford says it moved the dash closer to the windshield for an "airy, open environment" — a different tack from the larger Taurus, which is anything but. High-tech safety options rival many luxury cars, with lane departure warning and mitigation systems, drowsy-driver detection and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning. A blind spot warning system, cross-traffic alert and Ford's automatic parking system are also optional.

Engines nearly match the Escape, with a 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder standard. Ford markets the Fusion's two turbo four-cylinders under its EcoBoost banner: a 179-hp 1.6-liter and a 237-hp 2.0-liter. The latter will serve performance enthusiasts, as Ford has no plans for a V-6. A torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system will be optional on the 2.0-liter turbo. Across the board, Ford says it redesigned the Fusion's multilink rear suspension and improved its hood sealing, which should help quiet the cabin. The Fusion Hybrid and Energi get active noise cancelation.

All three engines team with a six-speed automatic, and the turbo 1.6-liter will have a six-speed manual option. Ford expects similar gas mileage with the base setup to last year's 2.5-liter Fusion, which ranged from 22/30 mpg city/highway to 23/33 mpg, depending on the trim — uncompetitive numbers for a base model. But Ford pulled out the stops with the 1.6-liter Fusion, which gets a start-stop system and 26/37 mpg. Ford expects the turbo 2.0-liter will rate 23/33 mpg. All three engines will run on regular-grade gas.

The Fusion Hybrid teams a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that runs on a more efficient Atkinson cycle to an electric motor, with 185 total hp. A lithium-ion battery powers the motor, which allows the Fusion Hybrid to cruise on electric power at speeds up to 62 mph. That's a 15-mph improvement over the last Fusion Hybrid. Ford maintains performance will be similar between the 2.0-liter Fusion Hybrid and its 2.5-liter predecessor, with overall gas mileage at 47/44 mpg — besting the outgoing car's 41/36 mpg, as well as the 2012 Camry Hybrid (up to 43/39 mpg) and Sonata Hybrid (35/40 mpg).

Ford anticipates the plug-in Fusion Energi, meanwhile, will get more than 100 mpg equivalent, beating quasi-competitors like the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in. With a full tank and battery charge, Ford estimates a 500-mile total range. Like other plug-in hybrids, the Energi car runs in EV mode until battery depletion, but standing on the gas calls up engine power — albeit at much higher thresholds than in the Fusion Hybrid. Total system output remains the same 185 hp.

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Comments 

Lance

Now this is a very good looking car both inside and out. The drivetrains are very impressive as well. I see Optima, Sonata, Mazda6, Aston Martin and even the larger Taurus design influences in this and the whole package kind of works IMO.

PS

Outstanding. I really think they nailed it with this exterior design. What I like most is the attention to detail at the rear of the car, an area that is commonly just thrown together. While the interior is a bit boring it looks fairly high quality. Everybody should quit complaining about MyFord Touch because it obviously has not deterred customers away from the Edge and Explorer. While it may not be an ideal set-up, almost every owner says they get used to it fairly quickly.

Jordiie

Design is very Mondeo, can see it clearly in the rear tail especially, overall, looks great.

Lance

"While it may not be an ideal set-up, almost every owner says they get used to it fairly quickly"

I agree and I can get used to anything but it has to work without a lot of fuss!

sheth

Def stands out and while the shape is similar to optima, this execution is far better. Inside is ok, would look better with more color variation. The base engine is a little disappointing for all new car. Why even offer the 2.5l? I guess that's for fleet duty primarily. This car is exhibit b as to why its going to be tough for camry and accord to get back to th marketshare they used to have. Especially the accord.

jstant01

Looks great! I owned the last model year of the Contour (based on the Mondeo) with a V6, and the car was the best handling/best riding car I ever owned. It was tight inside, but the handling/ride was awesome.

Anyhow - I am very excited about the ENERGI model in particular, and anxious to see it's price. Makes perfect sense for my driving characteristics. Great job, Ford!

WTF

I don't really care for the exterior styling. The interior looks nice but would need to see the base center stack without the Sony upgrade.

George

Someone tell designers that trying to style front wheel drive cars like rear wheel drive cars does not work.
It doesn't work on the new Malibu, doesn't work here.

George

oh, doesn't the 1.6 use a timing belt? and the 2.0 doesn't have balance shafts, right?
and the 2.5 is terribly underwhelming

Jay

Great execution on the redesign. Looks like a refined Mazda 6. I hope the turbo 4 doesn't have to work and sound hard to generate that 237 hp. I'm shocked they are deciding not to offer a V6. I think buyers for this class at least want the option.

sheth

V6 is on the way out in this class. Ford is the third major player to drop a V6 from this segment and I think Nissan is doing the same with the next altima. For the average driver in this class 270hp is totally unecessary. Especially if the midsize car is of reasonable weight.

Blake

With gasoline likely to be at $4 to $5 per gallon in 2 or 3 years from now, and the newly required 54.5 MPG fleet wide CAFE standards for automakers by 2025 4 cylinder engines will likely be 90% or more the only option for cars of this size.

Amuro Ray

The design has a lot of Lancers in it with the headlights. I think it's ok. It does look good, but not revolutionary, like the 1st gen.

OTOH, I am disappointed with the huge size of the vehicle - maybe it's just the picture. However, I will be surprised if the actual EPA mileage will be as high as what Ford claims (due to how testing is done prior to EPA's audit).

What I will even be more surprising will be the price on both the hybrid and the PHEV. The hybrid uses Li battery, which is a better choice for better mileage than the Camry, so it's actually a no brainer. The downside is cost. Camry's Ni-metal hybrid is much cheaper (relatively) than Li, so Fusion hybrid will most likely be much more expensive than Camry. In fact, if one based the price estimate on the Sonata, which uses smaller size Li battery, and resulted in a much lower (relatively speaking) mpg than Camry, and the 2 vehicles are priced almost identical, Ford probably has to use a larger size Li battery to get that mpg.

Let's see what the real prices are, because if the hybrid has some mid-$30K price range, than there will be a tough time selling it.

That price range will make the Energi even a tougher sell if the PHEV version has to beat FEV, Volt, and Coda's pricing.

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sheth

i doubt they will START the hybrid in the mid $30k range if they actually want to sell any. It probably wont be as cheap as the camry hybrid- but toyota took content out of that car to drop the price. Id think a base price near $30k sounds about right for the hybrid. If this car has a base weight of 3300lbs than I think Ford's estimates on EPA mileage will be accurate. 1.6L is small for a midsize car- I would expect such a car to get good mileage.

Jay

I don't think V6 engines are on the way out. The redesigned Camry, Sonata, Optima, and GM's Epsilon II vehicles all "offer" V6 engines as an "option" (Honda will have a v6 optiono on the next Accord). Even though most consumers purchase vehicles with an automatic trans, you have brands that "offer" manuals to satisfy that group of buyers who like to feel like their on a racetrack or maximize fuel economy.

sheth

The sonata, optima nor Malibu/Regal offer V6 engines. Basically the Japanese brands, VW and Dodge offer V6s for family sedans- well as of summer 2012 they will be the only options. Nissan has said a supercharged four cylinder hybrid system will replace a V6 in future products. My guess is Altima is that product.

JW

This is one cool looking car. Ford is definitely getting it now. Their cars look & feel much better than GM and Many Japanese cars.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'll probably buy this Ford over Honda Accord or Camry.

Martin

This is very attractive. This may be one of few vehicles that has good looking wheels for the hybrid. Usually, I can tell when it's the hybrid version of a vehicle because the wheels look bad, but I almost couldn't tell it was the hybrid version. Also, could this be the first hybrid sedan with a big pass threw with the seat folded. Why else would ford put a picture of split folded seat in the folded position in the hybrid section of pictures.

Rick Hallanger

MyFord touch.. don't see what is so difficult about it..have on my Explorer.. works great, If you take the time to use it.
The Fusion hybrid will replace my 2010 Fusion hybrid.. can't say enough about it... the new style definitely is a winner...

Ray

I likewise will be ugrading to the 2013 Fusion Hybrid when it becomes available.. Already on the Dealership list as to be one of the first. My 2010 Fusion Hybrid has been awesome.. No major faults. 80,000 KMS so far (50,000 Miles) and life time average of 6.8 KM/1000 l. (41.5 MPG Canadian or 31.5 MPG US)
Let's just hope the price of the 2013 will be acceptable.
After all, if it is like $10,000 More than the Sonota or Optima Hybrid.. I can buy a lot of gas for the difference .

David Barylski

Jay, Ford Kia Hyundia Chevy and Buick are scrapping their V-6 "options". http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1201_2013_ford_fusion_first_look/viewall.html
By doing this they can have a smaller engine compartment which leads to better mileage, less weight, and less waste on excess material

Mike

Very good design. Looks more expensive than it is.

chubby

I test drove a 2012 camry hybrid. In 17 miles i averaged 49 mpg. Sheth stop lying about camry...its twice the car of a fusion.

eliot

I've been driving Jags for years and I see the XK line influence on the air air intake area and a generic Jag hood look on the upper sheetmetal. Looks pretty good to me. Just might have to buy one for running around. I'll keep my big Jag sedan for the trips.

Gregory

Where`s the diesel? 50 plus mpg diesel would be nice.

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