Report: Ford to potentially offer slew of driver aids to Focus, testing waters with 2013 Fusion

The 2013 Ford Fusion is making out to be a big statement for the Dearborn make. The Fusion is destined to be launched with a huge variety of driver-assistance technologies, many of which will be firsts for the mid-size segment. But should all of those driver-assistance technologies be well-received, Ford may offer them in the lesser Focus hatchback, which could up sell the already popular compact car even more.

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A lot of Ford’s latest tech in the Fusion can be found on luxury cars that are twice as expensive as Ford’s offerings. some examples include lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, driver alert systems, blind-sport monitoring, and Ford’s self-parking system.

Though the only way that Ford will include such systems in the Focus is if the market demands it, particularly here in the United States, according to a report by CARandDRIVER. European-spec Fords can be optioned with all of the previously listed high-tech gadgetry.

Ford reportedly said that that they’re heavily monitoring buyer’s interest in the new Fusion and the Focus and will act accordingly to the demand.

Refresher: The 2013 Ford Fusion is available in the United STates in S, SE and Titanium trims. The engine lineup includes a 2.5-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 with 170-hp and 170 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Also available is a 1.6 liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder making 179-hp and 172 lb-ft of torque and a 2.0 liter EcoBoost making 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. All Ford Fusion models come with front-wheel-drive as standard but the 2.0 EcoBoost can be ordered with all-wheel-drive.

– By: Chris Chin

Source: CARandDRIVER