NAIAS 2012: Ford Fusion Hybrid, Energi Plug-In Hybrid Bring Efficient Diversity To Lineup

If you’re not into standalone internal combustion engines, Ford may have exactly what you want. The all-new Ford Fusion Hybrid does possess a new and downsized 2.0 liter Atkinson-cycle four cylinder, but it also features an electric motor. Combined output of the engine and electric motor is 185 hp and 130 lb.-ft. of torque, which is delivered through an electronically-controlled CVT.

The Hybrid also joins the lithium-ion club with new batteries that save weight and have a higher output than previous nickel-metal hydride units. Fuel economy estimates place the Ford Fusion Hybrid at 47 city/44 highway miles per gallon. This handily tops the Camry Hybrid as well as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid while encroaching on Prius territory. What’s more, top speed in full electric mode has been raised from 47 to 62 mph.

If you’re looking for something more gas-free, then the Fusion Energi is the car for you. With plug-in electric capability, Ford is telling us that the Energi will return 100 MPGe (electric gasoline equivalent). This is actually 8 MPGe more than the Chevy Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid. Impressive to say the least, while shaming every other vehicle in the segment when it comes to looks.

Like the next generation gas-only Fusion, these greener models will offer a full array of safety technologies, including a Lane Keeping System, adaptive radar-controlled cruise control, active park assist, and Blind Spot Information System. The latest iteration of MyFord Touch infotainment and connectivity system is also available.

Like the last-generation model, the Fusion will be produced at Ford’s Hermosillo manufacturing facilities in Mexico, with production at AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Michigan slated for later in the model’s life cycle. Look for it in dealer showrooms later in 2012, with the Mondeo slated for introduction in Asia and Europe early next year.

No Comments yet

Leave a comment