The Ford Fusion is available in three trim levels: S, SE, and Titanium; equipment varies depending on the powertrain selected. Powertrain options include the base gasoline naturally aspirated (non-turbocharged) 2.5-liter 4-cylinder at 175-horsepower; the gas-electric Hybrid with a 2.0 liter Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an 88 kilowatt electric assist motor, a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a 1.4 kilowatt lithium ion battery recharged by a braking system which regenerates power via kinetic force generated while stopping. There is also the Energi plug-in gas-electric hybrid with a 7.6 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, which allows the car to travel using only electric power for a distance of up to 21 miles while generating 195 combined horsepower. The Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a combination electric motor and gas-sipping 2.0L Atkinson cycle I-4 gasoline engine featuring the SmartGauge® with EcoGuide designed to be fuel-efficient without compromising on power.
One of the new features for the latest model fusion is the Projector Laser-Cut Headlamps, which emphasise the personality of the Ford Fusion, giving a bolder wider appearance than most other cars on the road. Automatically set to activate as light lessens around the vehicle, once activated, the headlamps automatically change between modes, from low to high as needed.
Another useful feature is Next-Gen SmartGauge® with EcoGuide. It provides real-time information to help get the most efficiency from the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi via the customizable MyView screen. Configurable display screens include Engage, Enlighten, Inform, or Empower and five-way steering wheel-mounted controls allow easy navigation through the various displays including "efficiency leaves" which grow as you drive efficiently or fade and die if you don't.
The second row of the Fusion offers inflatable safety belts that are safe for both adults and child safety seats. These inflatable belts distribute crash force energy across more of the body. The belts also provide more support for the head and neck while reducing the risk of injury.
ntelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) employs sensors to monitor wheel to road traction-ratio and compensates to rebalance torque between the front and rear wheels thus enhancing the handling and maximize the traction of the vehicle. This monitoring system helps prevent wheel-slips before they can even occur.
The second generation Fusion is positioned as one of the best used car picks in the midsize sedan market. Introduced in 2010 this model sports refreshed front and rear styling and increased engine power. The improvements jumped the Ford Fusion to the head of the midsize sedan class. Blind-spot mirrors and the MyKey system became standard for all trim levels with the 2011 model year. Featuring a 16.5-cubic-foot trunk which is very large for a midsize sedan, and a split-folding rear seat that enables larger items to be carried inside the car help make the Fusion very versatile for transporting luggage or an extra load of groceries.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid for 2012 comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine connected to an electric motor that gives the driver 191 horsepower. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Fusion at 41 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, impressive numbers for any midsize hybrid sedan available.
The first generation Ford Fusion was introduced in 2006 and only offered with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive became available starting in 2008. Designed from the Mazda 6 platform, the Fusion combined the athleticism of the Mazda 6 with a larger, roomer body capable of holding more passengers in comfort.