2013 Ford Fusion gets all-new new style and five powertrain options

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Ford's Fusion mid-size sedan has been redesigned for the 2013 model year with attractive styling and new powertrains to challenge the best in its segment.

With its angled headlights and large front grille, the Fusion looks altogether more substantial and imposing than before. Around the back, the new Fusion bears a close resemblance to Europe's Ford Mondeo sedan with its rounded taillights and high trunk line.

A 2.5-litre Duratec 4-cylinder engine is standard in the 2013 Fusion and offers 170 horsepower and 170 pound-feet of torque. There are also two EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines available: A 1.6-litre that generates 179 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.0-litre that produces an impressive 237 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A new 2.0-litre, 185-horsepower hybrid powertrain is also available, as is a 2.0-litre Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid option. In all, the 2013 Ford Fusion has five different powertrain options to choose from. Transmission choices include either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic, with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.

The 2013 Ford Fusion also has impressive convenience features such as a lane keeping system that uses cameras to monitor the driving lane lines in front of the vehicle. If the system detects that the vehicle isn't keeping in its lane adequately, it will warn the driver and even adjust the steering to help bring the vehicle back to its proper position within the driving lane. Another feature is adaptive cruise control which uses radar technology to maintain a safe distance from cars ahead when the cruise control is engaged, and can slow the vehicle down if needed. Ford's Active Park Assist helps with parallel parking and a blind spot information system provides audible and visual warnings to the driver if traffic in the blind spot is detected.

Ford's new Fusion also offers the latest versions of Ford's Sync and MyFord Touch in-car communications systems. Both systems are claimed to reduce driver distraction by offering voice control of vehicle systems. This in turn allows drivers to keep both hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.

The 2013 Ford Fusion is scheduled to arrive later this year and will compete with rival sedans such as Honda's Accord, Toyota's Camry, Hyundai's Sonata and Kia's Optima.
"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 ground-breaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy – one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result."
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Topics: Sedan, Ford, 2013, Fusion, Fusion Hybrid, Midsize,

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