2013 Ford Fusion Manchester
As notable as its looks, the 2013 Fusion will come in a variety of powertrains, from gasoline to hybrid to plugin. The base engine will be the same naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder currently used in the outgoing generation, good for 170 horsepower. Two turbocharged power plants will be optional: a 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that will make 179 hp, or a 2.0-liter EcoBoost motor that makes 237 hp and 250 pound-feet of torque. The latter, designed to be a sportier version, will be outfitted with a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. A gas-electric hybrid version of the 2013 Ford Fusion will also be available, which will bundle the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. A plug-in hybrid, dubbed the Fusion Energi, will also use the 2.0-liter engine and electric motor for 185 combined hp and more that Ford reps say will beat the Chevrolet Volt of the forthcoming Prius Hybrid in terms of fuel efficiency. Shedding stereotypes of the econo-box, the 2013 Ford Fusion employs refined, sophisticated design, good enough to win the EyesOn Design award for best production car, an accolade bestowed during the Detroit show by a panel of judges that's a veritable who's-who of the car design biz.
Driving Impressions of the '13 Ford Fusion
Underneath, the Fusion is based on a new platform that Ford says is stiffer and safer than before. Electric-assist power steering comes standard on all models as part of the car's focus on improved efficiency. The Lane-Keeping System features active and passive components. Lane-keeping alert warns you through haptic feedback ? a series of steering wheel vibrations that mimic a rumble strip ? if the system detects an unintentional lane departure. Lane-keeping aid actively applies steering torque, which alerts you to direct your vehicle back into the target lane should the system detect an unintended lane departure.
Interior Features of the '13 Ford Fusion
The interior design team went for a clean and simple layout, with elements borrowed from watch design and modern architecture. Safety and technology advances abound in the Fusion. Electric-assist power steering comes standard, and other options include a lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control and active park assist. The 2013 Fusion also uses the latest generation of MyFord Touch, with a myriad of voice-activated functions and infotainment options. A three-spoke steering wheel stacks audio controls under Ford's five-way directional keys, which control LCD menus that flank the speedometer. Ford dumped the manual parking brake for a button-actuated electronic one, and higher trim levels have piano-black trim, dual-zone automatic climate control and leather seats. When drivers get into the 2013 Fusion, they will see lots of ambient blue lighting. For Ford, ice blue is more than just a pretty color; it's a key to optimizing the well-being of the car's occupants.
Exterior Features of the '13 Ford Fusion
Fusion chief designer Darrell Behmer and his team aimed to amplify a sporty look with a wider grille, wraparound headlamps and flowing, connected lines. Thin headlamps that sweep clear toward the front fenders and a low, forward grille. The belt line stays visually flat in contrast to the rising lines on most sedans. The bumper runs flush with the trunk lid, with integrated tailpipes beneath.
Fusion trim levels include the S, SE and Titanium. Ford also markets a Fusion Hybrid and, for the first time in nameplate history, a plug-in hybrid dubbed the Fusion Energi.
The 2013 Ford Fusion is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its fabulous exterior and interior design, its comfortable ride and good fuel economy. Be sure to check out the 2013 Ford Fusion. Click here for more information on the 2013 Ford Fusion.