2012 Detroit: 2013 Ford Fusion from the show floor

  • Key Competitors: Mazda6, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, Nissan Altima, Toyota Camry, Subaru Legacy
  • Power: 2.5L inline-4 170 hp, turbocharged 1.6L EcoBoost inline-4 179 hp, turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost inline-4 237 hp.
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic, 6-speed manual (1.6L only)
  • Performance: TBD
  • Pricing: TBD
  • Availability: Second half of 2012 (est.)

Kicking off the press conferences earlier this morning at the 2012 North American International Auto Show was Ford Motor Company and the world debut of the all-new, 2013 Ford Fusion mid-sized sedan

Fully redesigned using Ford of Europe’s now tested and proven global design language, which they familiarly call Kinetic Design, the new Fusion is a huge improvement over the previous generation. Heck, I’m tempted to say that it looks as good as the Jaguar XF at some angles.

For the first time ever as well, the all-new Fusion is the first American sedan to offer a full range of gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Unfortunately however, no longer is there a V6 option for this new hybrid, which could be a little disappointing for those of us who like power.

The base engine is a naturally aspirated 2.5L inline-4 that’s good for 170hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. Next is a turbocharged 1.6L EcoBoost four-banger that produces 179 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and the top performance mill would be the turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-pot good for 237 hp and a pretty hefty 250 lb-ft of torque.

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The hybrid is powered by a 2.0L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder mated to an electric motor powered by an all-new lithium-ion battery pack and is expected to return best-in-class fuel economy figures of 47 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway.

But the biggest achievement with this new Ford Fusion is the all new Fusion Energi, which is Ford’s first ever attempt at a plug-in hybrid and a car that the Dearborn make says will be the most fuel-efficient midsized car in the world. The Fusion Energi plug-in is expected to return 100 MPGe, about 8 more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 more than the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid’s projected rating.

All Photos Copyright © Omar Rana – egmCarTech.

– By: Chris Chin