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2019 Ford Fusion

2019 Ford Fusion

At nearly 6 years old, is Ford just polishing a turd?

With the current generation of the Ford Fusion being on sale since 2012, it’s long overdue for a facelift, and that’s what we’re going to get at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Like most facelifts, few changes can be seen on the inside or outside, but what Ford has done is include its new Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance technology on all trim levels as standard equipment. Hybrid models get a new, larger battery with improved all-electric range, while some higher trim levels now get a standard 4G LTE internet connection and the Fusion SEL returns to the lineup to replace the SE Luxury package.

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2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

2018 Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

As the rest of the world looks to hybrid powertrains to help eke out extra mpg at the pump, even law enforcement agencies are getting in on the trend. Adding an extra large battery to a police responder sedan comes with several benefits, all while keeping all the important gear needed to get the job done. Ford’s been providing vehicles to law enforcement since 1950, so it makes sense that the Blue Oval is getting ahead of the game with this electrically assisted four-door. We saw it on the show floor at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and got a nice selection of exclusive photos, so read on for more details on this latest workhorse for the five-o.

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2016 Ford Fusion Sport by Legacy Innovations

2016 Ford Fusion Sport by Legacy Innovations

The midsize sedan gets carbon-fiber parts and tweaked chassis for SEMA Show

Introduced for the 2013 model year, the second-generation Fusion joined the smaller Focus and Fiesta in Ford’s then-new "One-Ford" global strategy. Unlike its predecessor, the new Fusion was designed for both the American and European market, being launched as the Mondeo on the Old Continent. The second-gen sedan debuted several new driver assistance technologies and arrived in showrooms with a wide range of four-cylinder engines. For 2017, Ford introduced the Fusion Sport, a sportier version with a turbocharged V-6 engine under the hood.

Significantly more powerful than any Fusion before it, the Sport has received numerous aftermarket components for the 2016 SEMA Show. The project was designed by Legacy Innovations, a company known to modify, restore, and even build vehicles from scratch. The shop has won numerous awards in the past, including from presentations at past SEMA Shows. And, even though this Fusion isn’t the kind of project that will blow you away, it’s an interesting and somewhat exotic take on the midsize sedan.

Legacy Innovations’ build is proof that the Fusion is as customizable as any sports car out there, missing only a proper beefed-up engine from Ford Racing or any other after market supplier. Check it out below.

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2017 Ford Fusion Sport Ballistic Concept by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America

2017 Ford Fusion Sport Ballistic Concept by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America

Ford’s bread-and-butter model gets a does of the aftermarket life

The SEMA auto show traditionally attracts a who’s who list of aftermarket companies and, in some occasions, these tuners collaborate with automakers to build some nifty concepts that consumers would probably otherwise not see in any other auto show. Such is the case with this particular concept vehicle prepared by Webasto Thermo and Comfort North America for Ford’s resident four-door sedan for the masses, the 2017 Ford Fusion.

Known mostly for building roof air-conditioning and heating systems, Webasto stepped out of its element in designing and developing this particular program. There’s a full menu of upgrades to the Fusion, from the exterior, interior, powertrain, and right down to the sedan’s chassis. The result may not be evident based on the single rendering of the car so far, but the modifications are impressive enough to give the Fusion a sportier and more performance-oriented identity.

Like most SEMA offerings, Webasto’s Fusion Sport Ballistic concept is unlikely to translate into a production unit anytime soon. But it does provide unique possibilities for the Fusion that owners and prospective customers probably didn’t know it had. It may not have the status and appeal that other Blue Oval models have, but it is more capable than most people think. This concept proves that, and then some.

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2017 Ford Fusion

2017 Ford Fusion

Ford’s four-door for the masses

Ford’s Fusion steps up its technology game for 2017. Inheriting the mainstream family-sedan mantle from the Taurus was no laughing matter for the Fusion, and when it debuted in 2006 it made its mark with impressive driving dynamics and a fresh new look for Ford. For 2017, the freshened second-generation Fusion retains its sport-sedan leanings while broadening the lineup and introducing features more common to luxury cars than family sedans.

It may not look like it at a glance, but there’s a lot going on with Ford’s bread-and-butter sedan. With three very distinct models, the Fusion seems to be heading down the same path that Ford’s endlessly-configurable F-Series has followed. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid offer maximum efficiency without sacrificing comfort or performance; the new Fusion Platinum has all of the high-tech toys including the new Ford SYNC3 system, advanced self-parking features, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control with full stop and go capabilities. The stop-and-go system can take over throttle and brake functions during heavy traffic, keeping the driver from stressing out during rush hour congestion. To keep a foot in the performance game, the Fusion V6 Sport features a twin-turbo V6 that nudges BMW levels of performance.

Updated 06/10/2016: Ford announced prices for the 2017 Fusion. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2016 Ford Fusion NASCAR

2016 Ford Fusion NASCAR

Ford has had a predictable history when it comes to the debut of its Nascar race cars. Back in 1968, Ford launched the Production version of the Ford Torino, and right around the same time, it dropped the Nascar variant of the Torino. In 2006, it did the same dual launch with the Fusion. In 2013, Ford decided to repeat history again and release the 2013 Ford Fusion and the Nascar variant right around the same time. This year, at the Detroit Auto Show, Ford did it again with the 2017 Fusion, and it’s Nascar variant.

This new Nascar Fusion shares a lot of looks with the production model, but according to Ford, the interior has also been refined, bring a better and more comfortable interior to the driver. Dave Pericak, the global director of Ford Performance said, “Aerodynamics are more important than ever in this sport at the speeds these cars are running, so we used some of the best wind tunnel and computational fluid dynamics technology available to help create this new Fusion, and, fortunately, the Ford design team gave us a great vehicle to work with from the start.”

The Fusion race car hasn’t had that long of a history in Nascar, as it became the brands flagship racing model back in 2006. Since then, however, the car has been upgraded to meet Nascar regulations. These upgrades include things like running on an ethanol blended fuel and switching over to electronic fuel injection. With this new model, the biggest change comes in the form of a new digital dashboard system, which is required by Nascar regulations for this year. We’ll talk more about that a little later, so let’s dive in and see what we’ve got here.

Updated 01/21/2016: Ford dropped a new video in which it highlights the development of its latest Fusion NASCAR race car which will make its track debut next month at Daytona Speedweeks. His "play" to watch how a 750 horsepower race car is being built.

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2017 Ford Fusion ST

2017 Ford Fusion ST

In late 2014, Ford announced the creation of Ford Performance, a new division that incorporates SVT, Team RS, and Ford Racing into a single organization. The announcement also revealed plans to introduce 12 new performance vehicles by 2020, including refreshed versions of the 2015 Ford Focus ST, 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta ST, and the F-150 Raptor. FoMoCo has already launched the 2016 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, the new 2016 Ford Focus RS, and the second-generation 2017 Ford GT, but it seems a performance version of the Fusion sedan is also in the works.

Although the brand has yet to confirm such plans, a prototype our paparazzi spotted on the road recently suggests the midsize is indeed set to receive an ST badge.

Even though it will be the first Fusion to wear the red letters on its front grille, it’s not the first model to deliver enhanced performance. The first-gen Mondeo was offered with a 202-horsepower, 2.5-liter V-6 as the ST200 in Europe and the Contour SVT in the U.S., while the second-gen sedan has a 2002 Ford Mondeo ST220 version with a 223-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 under the hood.

The upcoming Fusion ST will likely be sold in Europe as the Mondeo ST, but until more info surfaces the Web, let’s have a closer look at the camouflaged prototype that just hit the streets.

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2014 Ford Lightweight Concept

2014 Ford Lightweight Concept

The Ford Lightweight Concept is a unique prototype. It doesn’t have any fancy new headlights or levitating cabins, but it does have new technology that could end up becoming one of the more important advancements in the industry. The "Lightweight Concept" name pretty much says it all. This prototype is all about showcasing advanced lightweight materials that lets future Ford models improve their performance and fuel efficiency, while also dropping the carbon-dioxide emissions.

Weight reduction and improved efficiency are two of the industry’s most important goals, and the Lightweight Concept features Ford at its innovative best. The Lightweight Concept makes use of advanced material applications like aluminum, ultra-high-strength steels, magnesium, and carbon fiber. Each of these materials were incorporated into the design of the vehicle, creating a blueprint that could pave the way for integrating lightweight advancements in future models.

It’s not going to blow anybody away in the same way "normal" concepts would. But that’s not the point with the Lightweight Concept. Rather, this concept is here to show off just how small innovations can lead to huge benefits in the future.

Should Ford reach that point, the company can look back to the Lightweight Concept as the prototype that made it possible to achieve long-term potential lightening solutions.

So don’t sleep on the Lightweight Concept just because it’s essentially a Ford Fusion with fancy and colorful graphics all over the body. This prototype could end up becoming one of the most important Ford has developed in recent years.

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2014 Ford Fusion Titanium by DSO Eyewear

2014 Ford Fusion Titanium by DSO Eyewear

DSO Eyewear never misses a chance to make its presence known at SEMA, and this year, it played around with a Ford Fusion Titanium, giving it some pretty nice digs to go with an equally impressive performance upgrade.

The Tuxedo Black finish is the most distinguishable part of the aesthetic modification. But DSO Eyewear didn’t stop there; it also gave the Fusion Titanium some fancy gold trims courtesy of BASF, a new body kit from 3D Carbon, highlighted by those sexy performance grilles, and finally, a custom set of 21-inch Niche Road Wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires.

Inside the Fusion Titanium, the upgrades continue with more gold-painted accents from BASF, a new Rockford Fosgate audio system and suede custom inserts made from perforated materials.

And then there’s that thing called the "engine." DSO Eyewear may be known for its styling upgrades, but it can also give some impressive performance modifications. In this case, the company fitted the Fusion’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a Banks Power straight-shot water-methanol injection system, among other things. No word yet on how much power it adds, but you know those injection systems mean serious business.

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2014 Ford Fusion SE by Full Race Motorsports

2014 Ford Fusion SE by Full Race Motorsports

For the third day in a row, Ford is spending a lot of its time releasing the first details of its SEMA-bound vehicles.

Following in the footsteps of the Fiesta ST and the Focus ST, the Blue Oval announced that it will be bringing a pair of Ford Fusion sedans to Las Vegas, beginning with the Full-Race Motorsports’ tuned Fusion SE.

There’s a comprehensive list of modifications Full-Race Motorsports did on the Fusion SE, beginning with a subtle body kit that appears to include only a few components. It does have fancy set of wheels, which is a good thing, given it adds that highly sought after attitude to the Fusion SE.

Moving to the interior, this Fusion SE will head to Las Vegas with a finely dressed cabin that features leather seating from Katzin to go with a seven-inch touchscreen tablet built into the dash that Eric Marquiss, logistics manager for Full-Race Motorsport, describes as operational on the Android system, "allowing the driver to do all kinds of data logging or connect to wireless Internet."

But the biggest highlight of Full-Race Motorsports’ program is the powertrain upgrade, which it accomplished by adding a BorgWarner turbocharger to go with a cat-back exhaust and a cold air intake. With those new components added into the mix, this Fusion SE is expected to produce an impressive 400 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque — not bad for a usually timid family sedan.

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2013 - 2014 Ford Fusion by 3dCarbon

2013 - 2014 Ford Fusion by 3dCarbon

The latest-generation Ford Fusion became one of the most successful models in Ford’s lineup, and the company expects 2013 sales to exceed 300,000 units. Tuners are always quick to hitch their wagon to the most popular models, and now the Fusion has caught the attention of 3d Carbon.

3d Carbon initially offered a preview of this new kit at the 2012 SEMA show, and due to great response from clients, the tuner decided to put it into production. The best part is that buyers can order this kit as a package directly from the dealership at the time of purchase.

AS is typical with 3d Carbon kits, this upgrade kit manages to retain the design theme of the Fusion, while also making it bolder and slightly more aggressive than the standard car — definitely two things that the Fusion could use.

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2014 Ford Fusion

2014 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion is becoming one of the biggest hits for any American automaker who dares tussle with the best-selling Accord and Camry. A grunty and quick EcoBoost triple-cylinder 1.5-liter joins the engine and drive layout choices for 2014, which now reaches seven variations — an unprecedented total for any American car starting at just $22,000.

So this handsome Ford runs a three-banger in 1.5-liter EcoBoost specification? Will it have the speed of a lawnmower and the engine note of a go-kart? Nope and nope. This is a potent engine, with much more power at all revs than the base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder. It’s also quite affordable to produce, so will hopefully take a larger percentage of Fusions than the pricier EcoBoost engine options.

Lastly, AWD is on the table with the top-spec 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. Larger wheels look terrific, like they were milled from a solid block of aluminum, some swanky comfort and active safety tech, and a few new colors round out the Fusion’s updates for the new model year.

All this sounds good, but buying a Camry can be done blindfolded over the phone: are all these choices a recipe for confusion on American dealer lots?

Since becoming fans of the Fusion this summer with our Fusion Hybrid and Energi tester models, we’re happy to keep the Fusion rocking the sales charts.

Even so, the gasoline choices are fantastic for keen drivers: the manual box 1.6 EcoBoost or the 2.0-liter AWD are arguably even better vehicles for their lack of electrified tech.

Click past the jump to read all the latest updates for the 2014 Ford Fusion, one of the most confident and stylish midsize cars available.

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2014 Ford Fusion Energi

2014 Ford Fusion Energi

The Fusion Energi is the first in a large wave of mainstream, plug-in Fords in the mid-term future. The extra EV power doubles silent range and EPA efficiency of the already-stellar Fusion Hybrid for only about $6,000 more than a loaded Hybrid Titanium model.

Who killed the electric car? Was it you?

No, it was coal. Coal killed the electric car.

Until 2012, the idea of an electric car faced not only the technical challenges of building one but also the significant consumer hurdle of buying something without knowing the actual savings over gasoline.

Anyone who has ever gotten a $400 power bill for a hot summer month would certainly think twice about the cost and hassle of plugging in the car constantly. Consumers rightly wondered: How high could an EV charger spike that utility bill?

Large-scale U.S. energy shifts to natural gas power stations mean home electricity is at record lows and expected to stay low for years. ‘Natty G’ costs about a fifth as much as coal per megawatt and significant savings are coming to home users in the U.S. as well.

Suddenly, Ford’s plug-in hybrid electric car not only satisfies Eco-minded hybrid buyers but also the hardcore-green BEV owners in Nissan Leaf and Tesla vehicles. There’s simply no drawback to this Fusion Energi PHEV when the equation is close to $1 of juice (very roughly) equaling $10 in gasoline.

Add in the peace of mind of a gasoline backup and less cord fumbling… and it all starts to make sense. The Chevrolet Volt the first to a market that also includes the Honda Accord Plug-in and low-tech Prius Plug-in.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ford Fusion Energi including an exclusive video tech overview of the interior.

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2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid

The Fusion Hybrid finally cracks the code to unravel Toyota’s stranglehold on the eco market by offering consumers what they actually want: a gorgeous sedan shape, a quiet cabin and very good handling. These are all places where the Prius cannot compete. The Ford also runs lithium-ion batteries for a 47 mpg rating, despite costing just $27,000.

Ford’s most promising hybrid to date is joined by a plug-in model called the Fusion Energi. The Hybrid is the volume electrified sedan and packs some great technology into one of the most attractive midsize car shapes on the market.

The Hybrid might actually be the pick of the range that also includes a 1.6-liter EcoBoost and a base 2.5-liter four-cylinder in a new-for-2014 ‘S’ trim at the bottom of the range.

The Fusion Hybrid offers nearly all of the Energi’s benefits for about $10,000 less. This makes it a really viable contender among urban dwellers without access to a garage plug.

The 47/47/47 mpg across all EPA categories takes most of the headlines but the Fusion Hybrid also drives really nicely and is more balanced that the typical sedan, thanks the trunk-mounted battery pack helping even the weight distribution of this front-drive car.

Conventional Hybrid sedans are just starting to really move up the sales charts versus the dedicated Prius hatchback. Even among Prius owners, there is some latent desire for a classic large sedan’s refinement and handling. The Fusion Hybrid aces these criteria and many more, via a sophisticated suite of interior technologies and active safety options that are from a class above.

How will the Ford fare versus this fall’s supercharged Nissan Altima Hybrid and the popular Toyota Camry Hybrid?

Click past the jump for the first-drive review of the 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid with highlights on the new features and equipment.

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2012 Ford Fusion by Ice Nine Group

2012 Ford Fusion by Ice Nine Group

The SEMA Auto Show is the theater of dreams for a lot of aftermarket companies. For a tuning firm like Ice Nine Group, SEMA is yet another platform for them to prove why they’re one of the best in what they do.

Surely, we remember what Ice Nine Group did last year with Vaughn Gittin Jr., right? In case you’ve forgotten, this Ford Mustang Bosch Iridium Edition RTR is all you need to remember.

For their offering at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show, Ice Nine Group decided to give the new 2013 Ford Fusion some serious racing shine. And by serious, they even tapped Monster Energy Drink to be a partner in the build.

Ice Nine Group’s build is inspired by the V8 Supercars Series, which incidentally will make its debut on American soil next year. While this could be a preview build for the racing series - we highly doubt it, though - it certainly looks like a car that’s ready for some face time to go with dynamic performance out on the street.

Whatever the case may be, Ice Nine Group has made it known that this particular Fusion, complete with its aggressive green exterior and Monster graphics-laden body, will carry a slew of aerodynamic and performance modifications. We know what these guys are capable of, so we have enormously high expectations for this one.

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