Today in Detroit Ford showcased its mid-cycle refreshed 2-17 Fusion Hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid alongside its siblings in the family line.
Updated to the sedan with coupe-like silhouette that in 2012 set a new standard in dodgy design are revised exterior features, interior details, and a tech package.
Retained for the two hybrid configurations are the essential powertrain specs for the 2.0-liter systems, though Ford did say “more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving.”
In the Energi model, the 7.6-kwh battery pack is the same, and Ford quotes the same electric range of 19 miles and EV speeds up to 85 mph.
But the facelifted car promises to be competitive in other ways, including its tech package.
“Fusion is the most technologically advanced midsize car Ford has ever built in North America – the first car sold here with Ford’s pedestrian detection system,” said the automaker. “Fusion also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. The new high-tech gear shift dial results in a roomier cabin with easy-to-reach bins.”
Following are features offered for the vehicles to go on sale this summer:
• Pedestrian detection system
• Hands-free parallel with perpendicular parking capability
• Lane-keeping assist helps drivers maintain proper lane position using a small, forward-facing camera behind the rearview mirror that “looks” at the road ahead – monitoring lane lines to ensure the car is on course.
• Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS® enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with the standard rearview camera, BLIS makes for confident maneuvering in parking lots.
• SYNC® 3, Ford’s new communications and entertainment system, is also available. It features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC Connect, optional with SYNC 3, enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using their smartphone.
Also new for the Fusion line is a Platinum trim level with upscale interior featuring leather, plus 19-inch wheels and a honeycomb grille. Additionally, is the all-wheel-drive V6 Sport with 2.7-liter EcoBoost puming out 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and featuring similar trim upgrades as well.
“Fusion offers people a lot more car — including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, global product development.