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#1 OFFLINE   Robert

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:28 AM

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Ford Unveils Smartest, Most Technology-Packed Fusion Ever, Including Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Versions of New Sedan

 

  • Class-exclusive combination of all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharged V6 engine pushes Ford Fusion V6 Sport to leave other family sedans – including Honda Accord and Toyota Camry – in the dust; Fusion even out-powers the 2016 BMW 340
  • Fusion Energi is the plug-in hybrid that stands out in a crowd – allowing customers to drive extended distances using just electricity, then operating as a conventional gas engine-powered hybrid when the battery runs low
  • Fusion is the first Ford car in North America with a pedestrian detection system; other advanced technologies include hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking and SYNC® 3

FORD FUSION SPORT FORUM – The new Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans, with the most technologically advanced lineup ever – including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust.

 

Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost® engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid – something neither Toyota nor Honda offers midsize sedan shoppers.

 

“Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.

  • Fusion V6 Sport: Fusion V6 Sport is a performance sedan unlike anything in the segment with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering a projected 325 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. All-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport is projected to make approximately 100 lb.-ft. of additional torque and nearly 50 more horsepower than the 3.5-liter V6 engines in Toyota Camry and Honda Accord
  • Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi: New Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi lead America’s best-selling lineup of plug-in hybrids. New software in both hybrids delivers an even more refined and engaging drive for customers, while more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving
  • Fusion Platinum: Fusion Platinum is designed for those seeking even greater levels of refinement and craftsmanship in a midsize sedan. With available award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost and all-wheel drive, the real story is the interior experience. Instrument and door trim panels are wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather, and the hand-wrapped steering wheel is finished in premium Venetian leather. A unique grille finished in Magnetic paint makes for an upscale design and 19-inch polished wheels return confident performance

Together, Fusion V6 Sport, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, and Fusion Platinum offer three different flavors of an award-winning lineup for midsize sedan customers.

 

Fusion V6 Sport adds continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning based on setup and road inputs. The system features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants. Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished by an aggressive exterior with deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets.

 

Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are technology-packed electrified vehicles that offer an advanced EcoGuide system to provide drivers real-time coaching to get even better fuel economy. Fusion Energi features a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery for an expected range of 19 miles using electric power only. The car automatically switches to an efficient 2.0-liter gasoline engine when the battery is depleted, allowing customers to drive more than 500 miles. 

 

Ford continues to innovate and evolve with its lithium-ion batteries that save weight and take up less space than the less sophisticated nickel-metal hydride batteries found in Toyota Camry Hybrid. Neither Camry nor Accord offers a plug-in hybrid.

 

Recharging Fusion Energi can be done overnight in just 2.5 hours. The car is smart enough to know when to begin charging to get electricity at the lowest price. It can even preheat or precool the cabin before drivers leave to save more fuel. 

 

Both electrified Fusions deliver impressive overall performance with electric-only speeds up to 85 mph. Regenerative braking captures up to 95 percent of the energy lost through heat during braking and recharges the hybrid battery on the move.

 

Meaningful technology
Fusion is the most technologically advanced midsize car Ford has ever built in North America – the first car sold here with Ford’s pedestrian detection system. Fusion also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. The new high-tech gear shift dial results in a roomier cabin with easy-to-reach bins.

 

Lane-keeping assist helps drivers maintain proper lane position using a small, forward-facing camera behind the rearview mirror that “looks” at the road ahead – monitoring lane lines to ensure the car is on course.

 

Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS® enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with the standard rearview camera, BLIS makes for confident maneuvering in parking lots.

 

SYNC® 3, Ford’s new communications and entertainment system, is also available. It features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC Connect, optional with SYNC 3, enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using their smartphone.

 

The new Fusion arrives at dealerships this summer. Fusion V6 Sport follows a few weeks later.


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 12:59 AM

Not that I mind the Fusion Sport name coming back at the least, but I thought the ST would be coming out? Has that plan been canceled or what?



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 04:36 AM

What am I missing here. This Fusion gets the 2.7L twin turbo and AWD but that isn't enough to earn ST badging?  With something this excellent, BMW would assurdidly put an M badge on it, but Ford feels that it's not worthy of ST status?  This Fusion should be wearing the ST badge or something more then a simple sport badge for heavens sake.



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:28 AM

What am I missing here. This Fusion gets the 2.7L twin turbo and AWD but that isn't enough to earn ST badging?  With something this excellent, BMW would assurdidly put an M badge on it, but Ford feels that it's not worthy of ST status?  This Fusion should be wearing the ST badge or something more then a simple sport badge for heavens sake.

 

I didn't catch this until after the Fusion Sport was introduced, but I think that Ford will have 2-3 levels of performance branded vehicles and it started with the Edge.  Ford could have easily made a Ford Edge ST, however, it chose the Sport moniker instead.  The same can be said about the Fusion too.  I'm not too sure yet what constitutes an ST label, but it might be related to the size of the product thus far.  Maybe Ford is thinking that the Fusion and Edge are too large to fit into the ST's structure.  It will be interesting to see what they do with the Escape - will it be an ST or a Sport.

 

This brings me to the question of where Ford Performance will get their 12+ vehicles from?  We have the Fiesta ST, Focus ST, Focus RS, Raptor and GT350.  Where do the others come into play?  I was thinking for certain that there would be a Fusion ST. :headscratch:



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:18 PM

So then the Sport nameplate has gone from a little more than a trim+minor performance upgrades to a full blown performance package below the ST is what I'm reading here.  It's quite odd still that they didn't use the ST nameplate on this rather than the Sport.  I'm still scratching my head on this one,



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:21 PM

What am I missing here. This Fusion gets the 2.7L twin turbo and AWD but that isn't enough to earn ST badging?  With something this excellent, BMW would assurdidly put an M badge on it, but Ford feels that it's not worthy of ST status?  This Fusion should be wearing the ST badge or something more then a simple sport badge for heavens sake.

 

I think that you've nailed it here.  If BMW does an upgrade like this, it needs to qualify for their M group and then receives that designation.  Here Ford admits that it benchmarked the BMW and the Fusion gets a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering a projected 325 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, but it's not an ST?  Wrong call, Ford. 

 

Yeah, I love my Fusion Sport and think that it's great the name's coming back, but I'd would loved to have seen an ST!



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Posted 13 January 2016 - 07:50 AM

I don't know IF there will be a Fusion ST, but nobody at Ford said that there will NOT be in the future.



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 12:41 AM

I don't know IF there will be a Fusion ST, but nobody at Ford said that there will NOT be in the future.

Now that's the attitude, Robert :hat_tip:






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