2013 Ford Fusion unveiled at Detroit auto show image

Ford Motor Co., has unveiled the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion today at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show [NAIAS] – a vehicle that will offer petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrain options.

Unveiled as the Ford Fusion in the United States, the sedan will be rebadged as the Mondeo for Europe and Australia as part of the company’s One Ford policy of designing and engineering cars for the global market.

Featuring a sleek silhouette and fresh face, the all-new Fusion is the latest in a series of vehicles from Ford – following the 2011 Fiesta subcompact and 2012 Focus small cars – developed to satisfy customers everywhere who want leading fuel efficiency, helpful technologies and game-changing looks, the company said.

The design changes on the 2013 Fusion are an illustration of how the No.2 U.S. automaker is going to great lengths to fulfill chief executive Alan Mulally’s “One Ford” plan.

The body is dramatically creased, in contrast with the current slab-sided barge; the grille comes from Aston Martin in some way, and the interior and chassis haven been completely redone. Inside, the cabin is straightforward but stylish, with a European look that concentrates on easy-to-read instruments and a large display screen in the center stack.

A 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine with Ford’s EcoBoost system will get 37mpg on the highway, while a 2.0-liter EcoBoost will be offered in a performance version; it will get a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic(TM) transmission, 19-inch wheels and tires and all-wheel drive with the ability to send additional torque to the rear.

The Hybrid Fusion will get the new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine. The vehicle is expected to offer best-in-class fuel economy of 47 mpg in city driving and 44 mpg on the highway. Total output is estimated at 185 hp and 130 lb-ft, running to the front wheels via an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

Topping the fuel-efficiency ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this fall, Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles.
This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model. The Fusion Energi should have a cruising range of about 500 miles.

As for technology, Ford will be packing the 2013 Fusion full of the latest gadgets: lane-keeping assistance, parking assistance, a keyless entry system hidden in the B-pillar and adaptive cruise control. Sync will be standard, with a new version of MyFord Touch as an option.