Ford has recently released a lot of new car models at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. Out of the models that the company has launched, the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan is considered as the most important model since this is a top-contender in the mid-size segment not only in the US automobile market but also in almost all parts of the world where Ford operates.
According to Ford, the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan would be marketed as a gasoline, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid version. In addition to this, the sedan would be offered with a number of engines such as the two turbocharged 4-cylinder engines with the 2.0-liter and 1.6-liter displacements, the plug-in hybrid, the hybrid, and the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. Given these engine options, potential buyers are given the chance to select a Fusion that best suit their driving needs.
The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine used on the 2013 Ford Fusion is capable of producing up to 170 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the power produced by the engine is passed on to the car’s front wheels.
The 2013 Ford Fusion sedan is also offered with a 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 179 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque. Despite the significant increase on the horsepower and torque compared to the version powered by the aspirated 4-cylinder engine, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost consumes lesser amounts of fuel. In fact, its estimated fuel economy rating is 26 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and offered with a front-wheel drive system only.
Aside from the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is also available and this is capable of producing 237 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. This is mated to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with a standard front-wheel drive system and an optional all-wheel drive system. This version is considered as the performance vehicle for the 2013 Ford Fusion’s line-up.
For the 2013 line-up, Ford has added the Energi plug-in hybrid version that uses an electric motor and larger lithium-ion battery pack. The Energi’s estimated fuel economy rating is about 100MPGe which is about 13 MPGe better than the Toyota Prius and 8 MPGe better than the Chevrolet Volt.