The Ford Fusion has been being produced by the Ford Company since the year 2006. Since that time, the vehicle has been nothing short of a flagship vehicle for the company. In 2010, the Fusion was the winner of the “Motor Trend Car for the Year” and the hybrid version of the vehicle was named as the “North American Car for the Year” award.
The first Fusions were produced in August of the year 205. The Fusion was designed to replace the Mondeo in the Latin American markets and in Canada and the United States. The Fusion sits between the more compact Focus and the larger Ford Taurus. In the Middle East the Fusion is sold along with the Mondeo. The Fusions sold in the Middle East are only available with a 2.5 liter engine. In the United States, Latin America, and Canada, there is a V6 version available as well.
The Fusion was the first of the vehicles to feature a 3 bar grille, which was to become the new face for the company. This was grille was first shown on the Ford 427 concept car that was shown at the North American International Auto Show in the year 2003. This look has now been used on most of the product line offered from Ford.
The second generation of the vehicle was to include a gas engine option, a hybrid model, an EcoBoost engine, as well as a plug in version of the hybrid called the Ford Fusion Engergi. This made the Fusion the first of the production sedans to offer all 4 options. The hybrid and the gasoline versions of the Fusion were first sold in the United States starting in October of 2012 as the 2013 model. It is expected that sales will begin in Asia and Europe in the year 2015 as the Ford Mondeo.
The Ford Fusion is currently available in three different trim levels, the S, the SE, or the Titanium. There is also the Fusion Energi, which is the plug in version of the hybrid, and the Fusion Hybrid.
The Fusion S and the Fusion SE each come with a 2.5 L 4 cylinder engine that is rated with 175 horsepower and paired with an automatic 6 speed transmission. There are 3 additional options for engines for the SE, either a 1.6 L 4 with 178 horsepower that comes only with a manual 6 speed transmission, a 1.5 L 4, that also has 178 horsepower that comes only with an automatic 6 speed transmission and for more turbocharged option the 2.0 L 4 that offers 240 horsepower and comes in a 6 speed automatic transmission, that includes paddle shifters.
Titanium level Fusions come with the 2.0 L engine as standard with an automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is an option for the Titanium as front wheel drive is the standard across all three trims.
Some of the standard features include Sync interface, air conditioning, 4 speaker sound system that includes a CD player and a iPod/USB interface. Alloy wheels are standard in the SE as long as a power driver seat, and center armrest in the back. The Titanium offers a sport tuned suspension, automatic climate zone, leather upholstery, and parking sensors/camera.
In addition to having many family friendly features, the newest of the Ford Fusions offers a sporty and involving drive. This is a rare quality for this segment of vehicles and is something that most consumers will appreciate. While this most recent version of the Fusion is the most attractive, any generation of year of the Fusion is a great choice for anyone that is looking for a well-equipped, comfortable, family vehicle.