FORD FUSION

Ford Fusion an efficiency leader

2014-05-15T16:18:00Z Ford Fusion an efficiency leader nwitimes.com
May 15, 2014 4:18 pm

Since its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Fusion has been acclaimed as a design leader in the midsize sedan segment and honored with numerous awards including Autoweek magazine’s Best in Show and the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Production Vehicle.

For 2014 several new color combinations are available starting with two new exterior colors, Dark Side and Sunset. Fusion SE customers who prefer the carryover Sterling Gray exterior can opt for the Dune interior with either cloth or leather seating surfaces. The new Interior Appearance Package for Fusion Titanium includes premium leather seating surfaces and vinyl door inserts finished in Brick Red along with premium floor mats.

Gasoline

A new 1.5-liter is the fifth member of Ford’s family of fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. Like the other engines in the lineup, this new powerplant features turbocharging, direct gasoline injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing. The 1.5-liter also adopts several design features that debuted on the award-winning 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine coming to the 2014 Ford Fiesta.

Hybrid

The Ford Fusion Hybrid – 2010 North American Car of the Year – continues to innovate and evolve, with lithium-ion batteries that save weight and generate more power than previous nickel-metal-hydride batteries.

Fusion Hybrid also features a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly downsized from the previous 2.5-liter unit while maintaining performance standards. This innovative powertrain is EPA-estimated to have fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 47 mpg on the highway.

Energi

The 2014 Ford Fusion Energi sedan is Ford’s newest plug-in hybrid; it has an EPA-estimated range of 620 miles when starting with a full tank of gas and fully charged battery.

The Energi has an EPA-estimated rating of 21 miles in electric-only mode – nearly triple the electric-only range of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid and nearly double the Honda Accord plug-in hybrid.

Its stellar range only adds to the benefits Fusion Energi provides, including EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 108 MPGe city, 92 MPGe highway and 100 MPGe combined – up to 5 MPGe greater than Prius plug-in hybrid. These are numbers the EPA anticipates could help save customers an estimated $6,850 in fuel costs compared with an average new car over the course of five years.

Similar metrics across its entire lineup have helped the Ford brand climb to No. 1 in fuel efficiency customer satisfaction.

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