While in Europe it may not be that uncommon to see a mid-size sedan powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, this seems extreme in the US. Well, this is exactly what Ford plans to do with the 2013 Fusion, which will be offered with a 1.6-liter Ecoboost powerplant, as Ford Inside News writes.
However, before anybody starts throwing tomatoes up the intake, we have to say that we will get a V6-like output, as the engine uses direct injection and turbocharging to produce around 180 hp.
You want more power? No problem, four cylinders are enough, we just need to increase the capacity, but not too much. Customers looking for some extra muscle will be able to opt for a 2.0-liter Ecoboost unit, which has already been offered for the 2012 Explorer and 2012 Edge. The engine will come with an output of around 247 hp and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm).
However, Ford won’t only rely on downsizing to reduce the fuel consumption of the 2013 Fusion. The company is inspiring from the European automotive market, which has already been flooded by eco versions of various cars that use all sorts of tweaks to increase efficiency.
Thus, the vehicle will also offer features such as start-stop and an active front grille that closes itself when the car passes a certain speed in order to reduce the drag coefficient. You’ll be able to meet the 2013 Ford Fusion in person at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, which is only a few months away.