The Ford Fusion entered the 2010 model year with two new versions added to the line-up: Hydrid and Sport. The new Fusion features new design (inside and out), improved and new technologies and new powertrains with improved fuel consumption.
The 2010 Fusion features a more aggressive front fascia with new headlamps, grille and fog lamps; the three-bar grille in particular is larger with a more modern look. The fog lamps are housed below in a trapezoidal-shaped lower opening to help complete the more-muscular look. At the rear there are new modernized taillights and decklid to help give the vehicle a more unified look from front to rear.
The hybrid version is powered by a combination of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 155 hp and 136 lb.-ft. of torque and a nickel-metal hydride battery. The hybrid vehicles can operate up to 47 mph in pure electric mode, approximately twice as fast as some competitors. Plus, the city driving range on a single tank of gas is expected to be more than 700 miles.
The Sport version get a 263-hp V-6 Duratec engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift. It is offered as a FWD model, but AWD is also available.
The model line-u include (besides Sport and Hybrid): S, SE, SEL. The S version gets a 2.5-liter I-4 engine that delivers 175 hp; the SE and SEL get a new 3.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 240 hp.
For the Fusion prices are as follow: the front-wheel-drive Fusion S, with a new fuel-efficient 2.5-liter I-4 engine, has a base price of $19,995; the SE trim level is $20,545; the SEL is $23,975, Fusion Sport FWD is priced at $25,825; AWD at $27,675. Fusion Hybrid has a base price of $27,995.
For Milan prices ranges from $21,180 for the FWD model with the I-4 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, to $27,800 for the well-equipped Milan Premier AWD model with a fuel-efficient 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The Hybrid version is priced at $31,300.
Ford launched the 2010 Fusion, with three new engines and new transmission. The new engine offer both better performance and better fuel economy.
The 2010 Fusion will be offered with Ford’s all-new Duratec 2.5-liter I-4, producing 175 hp; an enhanced 3.0-liter V-6 with 19 more hp than its predecessor; and a 3.5-liter V-6 that pumps out 263 hp on the Fusion Sport model.
The new pairing of Fusion’s engines with the 6F35-Mid automatic transmission further drives the mid-size sedan’s competitive advantage, especially when compared to the outgoing five-speed gearbox that was offered with Fusion’s I-4 models. A five-speed is still the gearbox-of-choice for the 2.0-liter varieties offered on segment contenders Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
When the six-speed is paired with the 2.5-liter engine, for example, the Fusion powerpack delivers a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency along with increased power. The 3.0-liter configurations gain a 4- to 6-percent efficiency.
The 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan (appearing in 2009) will come with a choice of three new engines that will deliver more horse power and better fuel economy. The three new engines are: Ford’s all-new Duratec 2.5-liter I-4, producing 175 hp; an enhanced 3.0-liter V-6 with 19 more hp than its predecessor; and a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 263 hp on the Fusion Sport model.
All engine are being offered with a six-speed transmissions for up to a 10 % fuel economy improvement (previously only V6 models had the six-speed.)
Ford will launch the new Fusion late this year. It will get more powerful and more efficient powertrain. The midsize sedan’s 160-horsepower inline four-cylinder engine will be replaced with a new 170-horsepower four-cylinder with variable valve timing. Coupled with a new six-speed transmission, the updated Fusion will be more powerful than the current model, and will boast better gas mileage.
The new engine is the same 2.5-liter motor that Ford unveiled in New York last month for the new Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner sport utility vehicles. The Fusion will also be getting the same six-speed transmission as those models.
Ford also said it would introduce a more powerful and efficient V-6 engine for the Escape and Mariner. While Ford did not make any announcement about a new V-6 for the Fusion, it is likely that engine will also replace its existing 3.0-liter V-6.
The redesigned Fusion will also feature a new front fascia and upgraded interior. A hybrid version had already been announced.
One of the customized Ford models presented at Los Angeles Auto was a Fusion with Galpin Auto Sport. A performance suspension keeps the 19-inch wheels and Nitto Invo tires glued to the road. Inside, a Katzkin leather interior, features a six-point roll cage, leather and suede steering wheel and GAS custom audio system.
For 2008, the Ford Fusion gets a Sport Appearance Package that helps it stand out from the pack, both inside and out. Available on the SE and SEL models, the new package lets Fusion owners add custom details to make their favorite car look even better.
The Ford Fusion Hydrogen 999 is the world’s first production based hydrogen fuel cell race car. The car reached 207Mph for a land speed record at Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah on August 16th 2007.
After 10 years of hydrogen research, Ford will attempt to set the world land speed record in a hydrogen fuel cell powered Ford Fusion. The vehicle to break the speed record is a Fusion Hydrogen 999 fuel cell car, a collaboratively engineered racer with Ballard, Roush and Ohio State University.