Gas 2 covers several auto shows throughout the year, with an emphasis on alternative fuel, high-mileage, and low-emission vehicles.
I’m going to skip right to the nitty-gritty here. The non-hybrid 2013 Ford Fusion models will offer three gasoline engines to start with; a naturally-aspirated 2.5 liter 4-cylinder, and two turbocharged EcoBoost engines, the 1.6 and 2.0. The base 2.5 liter engine will offer 170 horsepower and 170 ft-lbs of torque, and will be offered only with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Upgrading to the 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine will offer a slight power improvement, to 179 horsepower and 172 ft-lbs of torque, as well as an optional six-speed manual transmission. meanwhile, the top-of-the-line 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine will offer 237 horsepower and 250 ft-lbs of torque through a six-speed automatic, and will be available with all-wheel drive as well.
Let’s talk fuel economy. While the official numbers for the entire lineup haven’t been released, the 1.6 liter EcoBoost is expected to deliver 26 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, with the 2.0 liter EcoBoost delivering a 23/33 rating. The Fusion’s weight has come down too, to around 3,000 pounds (though with options like AWD weight could be as high as 3,600 pounds.) The 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine allows this mid-size sedan to get comparable gas mileage to many new compact and subcompact cars. That’s pretty impressive, and it only gets better.
That’s because the 2013 Ford Fusion will also offer not one, but two hybrid models. The “standard” 2013 Fusion Hybrid will offer 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway; not quite the Prius-killer we were expecting, but impressive none-the-less. The Fusion Hybrid will get a 2.0 liter Atkinson-cycle engine that will produce a combined 185 horsepower and 130 ft-lbs of torque That is more horsepower than the Prius (134 horsepower) but less torque (153 ft-lbs.) It will also come with a smaller lithium-ion battery pack. But you’ve got to ask yoursef; which looks better?
But if that’s not enough fuel economy for you, then take a gander at the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi, which Ford claims will get up to 100 MPGe. There are fewer details available for the Energi model, such as all-electric range, charging time, and MPG after battery depletion. Hopefully Ford will shed some light on these questions as the day goes on.
The 2013 Ford Fusion will also come with a lot of new technology, including 2nd-generation SYNC, lane assist control, cruise control, blind spot monitoring, etc. etc. But all I really care about is a 1.6 liter EcoBoost Fusion with a six-speed manual tooling down the highway, getting almost 40 mpg. I can totally dig that.
Ford is setting the bar high with the 2013 Fusion. The competition better take notes. Anyway I am off to Ford’s press conference, so I will bring you updates as they come.