by Becky Donaldson
Ford Motor Company has targeted their latest design of the Ford Fusion to be the car that America falls in love with. The Ford Taurus was the last model that gave Ford this distinction. The redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion is ready to please any driver with the impressive new styling and options. There will be the choice of a hybrid plug-in, a gas-electric hybrid and three different gas engines.
The standard Ford Fusion engine is nothing new. It is the 4 cylinder 2.5-liter that gets 170 horsepower and is a solid engine. The new turbocharged engine is creating more excitement. This 179 horsepower engine will accomplish the most fuel efficiency available in the non-hybrid sedan class. It can get up to 26 city miles per gallon and 37 highway miles per gallon according to information Ford has released about it so far.
To top the 179 horsepower engine off, there is a performance option engine for the Ford Fusion. This one is still a 4 cylinder, but is 2.0-liter turbocharged. At 237 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque it delivers the speediest Fusion to date. This performance model will come with the standard 6 speed, paddle-shifted automatic. 19-inch wheels and tires are optional with this rear-biased-all-wheel-drive system.
Both Ford Fusion hybrid versions are considered to be some of the most fuel efficient models in their class. The standard hybrid will include a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4 cylinder that has an electric motor. The motor is powered with a new lithium battery pack. It will get an impressive 47 city miles per gallon and 44 highway miles per gallon. The Plug-In version blasts all the other models out of the water in regard to fuel efficiency. Ford is claiming this model will get 100 miles per gallon.
The new Ford Fusion will be about an inch longer than its predecessors and almost 5 inches wider. They are all front-wheel-drive with independent multilink rear and MacPherson strut front suspension. These new versions have also been redesigned to offer a quieter passenger experience with acoustic underbody panels engineered to reduce noise while improving efficiency.