Detroit 2012: Ford Fusion

Detroit 2012: Ford Fusion image

Text: / Photos: | posted January 11, 2012 11:43

One Ford in the midsize segment

Ford was not to be outdone at their home motor show as the brand launched the latest generation of their best selling midsize sedan, the Ford Fusion.

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Ford claims that the all-new Fusion brings alive the next generation of more expressive vehicles from Ford and is the first sedan to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions – each expected to deliver top fuel economy and an engaging driving experience in the segment.

The all-new Fusion is the latest in a series of vehicles from Ford following the 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus. The Fusion features many of the design cues previously seen in the futuristic Evos concept.

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“Our vision for Fusion was clear – deliver the very best of what One Ford stands for,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development. “We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with groundbreaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy – one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result.”

The new Fusion offers hybrid and plug-in hybrid alternatives, a pair of EcoBoost four-cylinder engines, a normally aspirated four-cylinder engine, an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine while stationary, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission is the Fusion performance option.