The all new Ford Fusion was showcased at the Detroit Auto Show representing the evolution of sedans. In the new model you can find hints of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and Aston Martin designs. This new concept is unofficially called “Kinetic 2.0”.
Chris Hamilton, the British exterior design chief of the all-new, 2013 Ford Fusion said: “We put a lot of emphasis, to create something that we think will be different in the marketplace. We’ll have a sophisticated feel. We’ll be elegant. We’ll be somewhat unexpected in North America, from Ford, and we’ll set ourselves apart from Camry and Accord … We wanted to create a beautiful-looking car. That’s always been our number-one objective.”
The body of the Fusion increased 1.1 inches in length, 0.5 inches in width, and 5 inches in wheelbase making it look much larger. The detailing of the creases running from the headlights through the door handles to the rear window gives is a sharp character. Ford’s signature above the grille has a new brushed-aluminum surrounding the Blue Oval emblem. The underbody trays and new distinguished shaped mirrors improve aerodynamics. The laminated windshield and seal around the hood reduces engine noise.
Ford gives buyers the choice of three engines. A 170-hp 2.5 L four cylinder 6 speed automatic, 179-hp 1.6L EcoBoost turbo 6 speed automatic or manual, or 237-hp 2.0L EcoBoost 6 speed automatic. The all wheel drive is available only to the 2.0L fusion. The stop-start engine system is standard on all models whose role is to reduce fuel consumption and emission by 3.5%.
Customers that buy the hybrid get a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder which replaces the outgoing 2.5-liter unit. A permanent-magnet AC synchronous motor holds up the electrical end of the momentum bargain which helps to boost total system output to 185 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. An electronically controlled continuously variable transmission sends the power to the wheels. Lighter and more powerful lithium-ion batteries that replaces the previous Fusion hybrid’s nickel-metal hydride batteries which increases the fully electric top speed from 47 to 62 mph.
As far as technology goes Ford incorporated the adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, blind-spot warning, active park assist and the MyFord Touch system is available on the features list. Other than these items Ford isn’t saying much more. The interior is for sure impressive, comfortable and elegant. The surfaces are blended with soft materials, high quality sound reducing plastic, and chrome accents. The roofline steeps but there are indentations in the rear seat for passengers’ heads. Legroom is imporoved because the front seats are thinner than the previous model. Trunk space is reduced from 16.5 cubic feet to 15.4 cubic feet.
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Ford’s new model exceeds all expectations in terms of efficiency, technology and style but not until it is available in the late summer consumers will be able to make a final analysis.
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