‘Fusion’ in North America, ‘Mondeo’ in the rest of the world…regardless of the name, Ford’s all-new mid-sizer debuted at the Detroit Auto Show.
The all-new Ford Fusion goes on-sale in North America this year with the Mondeo-badged version scheduled for the rest of the world (including Australia) early in 2013. It’s a vital car for Ford’s global plans and should be studied carefully by mid-size buyers – the current Mondeo is a Car Showroom favourite, mounting a strong argument to be the best in class.
Ford says the all-new Fusion will be the first sedan to offer petrol, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions (expect at least one diesel engine for the Mondeo). The American version also boasts impressive technology including active park assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot assistance Ford’s ‘Lane Keeping System’.
It’s a looker too – with some cues to the latest Ford designs like Fiesta and Focus, the all-new Ford Fusion (Mondeo) goes for a much more curved and aerodynamic style with a very complex and dynamic rear three-quarter.
North American Ford Fusions will be powered by 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines. The 2.0-litre model will be optioned to include a sports variant with all-wheel-drive, 19-inch alloy wheels and a six-speed paddle shift transmission.
All-new Ford Fusion Hybrid downsizes from a 2.5-litre petrol engine to a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder Atkinson cycle and new-design, smaller, lighter lithium ion batteries for the electric motor. Fuel economy is rated at 5.0l/100kms which Ford say surpasses both Toyota Camry Hybrid and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.
Topping the Ford Fusion green card is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, due for launch in the third quarter and claimed to beat both Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt to be the world’s most fuel-efficient mid-sizer.
Ford has also worked hard on driving dynamics, benchmarking Audi and BMW in developing all-new Fusion’s MacPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspension.
To get a feel for the next Ford Mondeo due in Australia in 2013, have a look at: www.FordFusionStory.com