Fusion Hybrid To Get Luxury Version

Ford’s new Fusion Hybrid will be sold in two versions: Titanium and SE.

The Fusion Hybrid SE will be priced at $27,200, or $1,575 less than the outgoing Fusion Hybrid, with even more content.

The Titanium edition was developed in response to consumer demand for a higher level of luxury in a hybrid vehicle.

Ford has been selling the Fusion Hybrid since 2009, and this is the first time it has been offered with this level of features.

Starting at $32,995, the Fusion Hybrid Titanium will be available for the same price as the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Fusion with all-wheel drive.

“Traditionally, car buyers have had to compromise when selecting between class-leading efficiency, premium amenities and value,” said Samantha Hoyt, Fusion Marketing manager. “The new Fusion Hybrid Titanium lets customers have it all.”

Fusion Titanium models step the appearance aspect up a notch with standard front fog lamps, chrome accents on the door handles, rear deck spoiler and polished 18-inch alloy wheels.

Once inside the Fusion Hybrid Titanium, drivers will find both front seats get power adjustability, with the driver’s seat getting 10 directions from which to choose. All seats along with the steering wheel and shift lever are trimmed in leather.

Titanium models get a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD Radio. The SYNC connectivity system is augmented with the enhanced voice control capability of MyFord Touch along with SYNC Services on every Fusion Titanium. A rear view camera and Reverse Sensing System help to keep the driver aware of what is behind the Fusion while backing up.

For night driving, an ambient lighting system provides a relaxing and pleasant cabin environment while an auto-dimming electrochromic rearview mirror ensures the driver is never blinded by other vehicles with bright headlights coming up from behind.

Fusion’s new hybrid powertrain is activated by a push-button start so the key can stay in a pocket or purse. A new lithium-ion battery pack is one-third lighter than before but provides more power, enabling electric driving at speeds up to 62 mph.

“With the Fusion Hybrid Titanium, going green no longer means having an austere ride,” says Hoyt. “No guilt, no pain.”

The Fusion Hybrid Titanium will be available in early 2013. It has been rated by the EPA at 47 mpg city and 47 mpg highway.

The Fusion Hybrid features an all-new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine, significantly downsized from the previous 2.5-liter unit while maintaining performance standards.

Its electric motor is of permanent magnet type and delivers 88 kilowatts at 6,000 rpm, 117 pound-feet of torque.

The Fusion Hybrid achieves a top speed of 62 mph in electric or EV mode and also has Active Grille Shutters, which make the car more aerodynamic at highway speeds to improve fuel efficiency. An underbody with aerodynamically designed panels provides even better fuel efficiency.

For those interested in learning more, Ford has setup the Ford Fusion Story Web site, a special mobile site featuring articles, videos and graphics related to the new Fusion.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Are most of those so called “platinium edition” options standard on the Energi version?

    If NOT, then it will be a harder sell against the Volt. My Volt with $41k has most of those Platinium options already except for the 10 way power seat. That is before the tax incentives… With tax incentives included, it is only $32k. Very comparable to the Fusion Hybrid Platinium edition.

  • Stan Smart

    What about the Lincoln MKX hybrid ? I bought a 2011 and get 37.2 mpg average after 14,000 miles.

  • Max Reid

    Lot of options for little extra price, but why not they remove most of those options and sell at a lower price where the buyer could quickly get the ROI compared to regular fusion.

    But Fusion has lot of options like
    which is not available in any other sedan. Fusion goes on sale in mid-october I believe. We can expect its full sales in November.

  • Fusion Fan

    Max Reid – order the Fusion Hybrid SE then, base is 27,200. Add the options to the SE that comes on the Titanium and it will be more than 32,995.

  • Van

    I would guess the Titanium model would be comparable to the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Lots of the features mentioned are found on Avalons.

    So the base competes with the Camry Hybrid.

    The Titanium version competes, at least in options, with the much larger Avalon.

    And of course the Energi competes with the Prius PHV and Chevy Volt.

    Time will tell, but Ford might win all three competitions.

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