Since its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new Fusion has been acclaimed as a design leader in the midsize sedan segment and honored with numerous awards including Autoweek magazine’s Best in Show and the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Production Vehicle.
For 2014 several new color combinations are available starting with two new exterior colors, Dark Side and Sunset. Fusion SE customers who prefer the carryover Sterling Gray exterior can opt for the Dune interior with either cloth or leather seating surfaces. The new Interior Appearance Package for Fusion Titanium includes premium leather seating surfaces and vinyl door inserts finished in Brick Red along with premium floor mats. No matter what the climate, Fusion helps to keep things comfortable in the cabin. Titanium customers can add cooled seats for the driver and front passenger for those steamy summer days. When the temperature drops, the available heated steering wheel will keep the driver’s fingers warm. Fusion SE drivers who get the Luxury Package can now open doors and start the engine without reaching for a key thanks to Intelligent Access with push-button start.
Safety experts acknowledge that the back seat is the safest place for children and Ford is committed to keeping all vehicle occupants safe. The optional inflatable rear seat belts that Ford debuted on the 2011 Ford Explorer are now available on Fusion for the first time. In the event of a collision the rear belts inflate, distributing the load over a larger area and reducing the risk of abdominal, chest and shoulder injuries for rear passengers.
“EcoBoost is a technology that’s really resonating with customers around the world and especially in the United States,” said Joe Bakaj, vice president of powertrain engineering. “Since introducing EcoBoost to the respective lineups, more than 40 percent of F-150, 51 percent of Fusion and nearly 90 percent of Escape vehicles have been sold with one of these advanced engines.” The 1.5-liter is the fifth member of Ford’s family of fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines. Like the other engines in the lineup, this new powerplant features turbocharging, direct gasoline injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing. The 1.5-liter also adopts several design features that debuted on the award-winning 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine coming to the 2014 Ford Fiesta.
Just as with the 1.0-liter, the engineers focused on reducing internal friction and weight of the 1.5- liter while improving specific output.
Reducing unnecessary work has been a major focus on all Ford vehicles in recent years, and the 1.5-liter EcoBoost adds a major new innovation with a clutched water pump. Instead of pumping coolant through the engine continuously even when it is cold, this is the first Ford engine that decouples the water pump until it is needed. This enables the engine to warm up faster for reduced cold-start emissions and fuel consumption and more comfort on cold winter mornings. Like the 1.0-liter, the new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine features a water-cooled, integrated exhaust manifold. Casting the cylinder head and exhaust manifold as a single unit reduces overall weight, simplifies assembly, and gets the turbocharger closer to the exhaust ports for improved responsiveness. Integrating the manifold also enabled the engineers to run cooling circuits alongside the hot exhaust passages, further speeding warm-up. A liquid-cooled charge air cooler on the 1.5-liter further simplifies the engine packaging while shortening the path from the turbocharger to the cylinder for improved response when the driver presses the accelerator pedal.
Even with a smaller displacement, the 1.5-liter engine is projected to deliver approximately the same power and torque as the 1.6-liter in the 2013 Ford Fusion, while improving fuel economy and providing improved driveability.
Since its debut in 2012, the Ford Fusion has been widely praised by reviewers and customers for its outstanding driving dynamics including excellent balance between ride quality and handling, as well as exceptional steering feel. For 2014 enthusiast drivers can up the ante with an optional summer-only tire package with 19-inch alloy wheels. The Ford Fusion is produced at Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico, manufacturing facility, soon adding production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Mich.