Topping the fuel-efficiency ladder is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, aiming to be the most fuel-efficient midsize car in the world. Arriving this fall, Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe, a mile per gallon equivalency metric for electrified vehicles. This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.
The next-generation Fusion 1.6-liter is the first automatic-transmission Ford product offered wîth an automatic start stop system. It shuts off engine power smoothly when the car is stopped and seamlessly restarts as the driver releases the brake pedal, helping Fusion to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by approximately 3.5 percent.
Ford Fusion looks out for youThe all-new Fusion offers an unprecedented portfolio of driver assistance and convenience technologies based on sensors, cameras and radar that enable the car to see and respond.
Ford Fusion can help drivers maintain proper lane position, adjust vehicle speed to changing traffic conditions, identify suitable parking spaces and help park, even aiding drivers backing out of parking space where visibility is obstructed. Specific technologies include:
•Lane Keeping System: This class-exclusive technology consists of three elements to help a driver maintain proper lane position. Úsing a small, forward-facing camera behind the inside rearview mirror, the system 'looks' down the road, monitoring lane lines to determine that the car is on course. The system will alert a driver if drowsiness or erratic lane-keeping is detected. The second element warns a driver wîth a §teering wheel vibration if the Fusion drifts too close to lane markings. Finally, lane keeping aid will actually apply pressure on the §teering to help bring the car back into proper lane position
•Adaptive cruise control: Úsing forward-lòòking radar, this system 'looks' down the road when activated, slowing the Fusion when slower traffic is detected ahead. Adaptive cruise control enables collision warning wîth brake support to help slow the car if the potential of a crash is detected
•Active park assist: Employing sensors, this technology can identify a suitable parallel parking space, calculate the trajectory and steer the car to properly position it within the spot. All a driver need do is operate accelerator and brake pedals
•Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®) wîth cross-traffic alert: Sensors in both Fusion rear quarter-panels are able to detect traffic in a driver's blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic - unseen by the driver - is detected. BLIS technology enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space wîth obstructed views, such as between two large vans
The power of voice
The all-new Fusion offers the latest iteration of Ford's award-winning, -exclusive SYNC® communications and entertainment system, which enables voice-activated communication through a driver's mobile phone and interaction wîth the car's audio system.
Fusion also offers the latest version of MyFord Touch®, allowing a driver to interact wîth vehicle systems through voice control, a touch screen tap or a conventional button.
Both SYNC and MyFord Touch - powered by SYNC - help reduce the potential for driver distraction through voice-controlled functionality, allowing drivers to keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Different, by design
'The previous Fusion was an easy purchase for a customer to rationalize,' said Chris Hamilton, chief exterior designer for the next-generation model. 'Our design goal for the new car was to give the mainstream sedan buyer a top-drawer visual experience, adding some emotional appeal to an already sensible choice.'
These five elements provided direction for the design team behind the all-new Ford Fusion:
•Silhouette innovation: Fusion's sleek profile sets it apart from the powertrain/cabin/trunk 'three-box' designs synonymous wîth midsize sedans
•Perceived efficiency: Fusion character lines sweeping to the rear and thin roof pillars suggest the car is nimble and light on its feet
•Refined surface language: Fusion demonstrates that a tasteful, well-executed design does not require add-ons or visual clutter
•Technical graphics: Fusion's functional design elements such as headlamps, LED taillamps and polished exhaust tips communicate enhanced technological capability
•New face: Fusion signals the next evolution in Ford global design language for midsize cars and smaller
Inside, the new Fusion offers a sporty, driver-oriented environment wîth next-generation seating that brings expanded functionality. A higher center console supports the driver-centric theme and yields clever storage for items a driver wants to keep handy.
Additional passenger space was designed-in by moving the instrument panel toward the windshield, contributing to the cabin's airy, open environment. Thinner, lighter frames support the comfortable next-generation seats trimmed wîth fabric using recycled sustainable yarns.
Craftsmanship plus dynamics equals feel
Ford Fusion design delivers on the promise of high visual quality, wîth improved materials, elevated levels of craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Interior surfaces are softer to the touch and interior and exterior gaps are minimized, while extra care has been taken to upholster or cover each edge and every surface a customer can touch. When the trunk lid is opened, for example, a spring-loaded cover automatically conceals the trunk latch hardware.
'The holistic goal of our craftsmanship process is to see that Fusion not only delivers a superior visual experience but also feels like quality to the customer,' said Adrian Whittle, Fusion chief engineer.
Key contributors to how the Fusion feelsare the ride and handling components that maximize vehicle dynamics.
'This really is a driver's car,' said John Jraiche, program manager. 'Fusion is even more fun to drive wîth specially tuned electric power-assisted §teering (EPAS), a MacPherson strut front suspension and an all-new premium-level multilink rear suspension - comparable to Audi and BMW configurations.'
Careful tuning by Ford's vehicle handling and ride team has yielded a Fusion wîth a dynamic character that will please a well-seasoned enthusiast while increasing the confidence level of less-experienced drivers.
Ford Fusion interior quiet reaches a new level wîth acoustic underbody shields and weight-saving sound-absorption material; both minimize road and powertrain noise while boosting aerodynamic efficiency to help save fuel. (concept carz) The all-new model adds content such as a full-perimeter hood seal to be among the midsize sedan §egmènt leaders in giving drivers a quiet ride.
Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi models also are equipped wîth active noise control. This feature uses the audio system to mitigate extraneous road noise while enhancing powertrain sounds.
Strength and safety
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Fusion is designed wîth customer safety in mind. Engineers increased its body strength by 10 percent, using more high-strength steels such as boron, and added dual first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant's size, position and seatbelt usage.
The Fusion safety team targeted top-of-the-line ratings in each public domain safety benchmark, including National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ratings, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick and top ratings in world markets where the car will be sold.
The most prominent example is Ford Fusion's front-end architecture, as the same car must face simultaneous - and seemingly conflictive - standards across regions. The car's front end is equipped to meet head-on and offset barrier standards for North America while still conforming to European standards for pedestrian protection - thanks to hours of computer modeling and 180 validating crash tests.
Ford Fusion will be produced at Ford's Hermosillo, Mexico, manufacturing facility, soon adding production at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The car will appear in Ford showrooms in North America and South America later in 2012. Mondeo will be introduced in 2013 in Asia and Europe.