It has long been known that the 2013 Ford Fusion will have the stop-start engine technology. But the Michigan-based car manufacturer recently announced that it will be available to the mid-sized sedan as a $295 option. However, the cars should be equipped with the turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.
What is the Start-stop Engine Technology?
The start-stop engine technology, also dubbed as start-stop system, is an automobile feature that automatically shuts down and restarts the car’s internal combustion engine. This reduces the amount of time that the engine spends idling. In turn, it decreases the car’s fuel consumption and emissions. Obviously, this feature could be ideal for car owners who usually commute on traffic jammed streets than those who drive on highway.
However, this technology is unlikely to improve the EPA fuel economy of the 2013 Ford Fusion. That’s because the US Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t favor stop-start cars over conventional ones. Nevertheless, the car maker said that the fuel consumption will drop by 3.5 to 10%, depending on the driver’s style and commute.
Price and Availability
For $295, potential owners of the redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion could equip their cars with the start-stop engine technology. However, it is only available for sedans that have a turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which makes 179 horsepower and will return up to 37 mpg on the highway. That’s because the engine’s direct fuel-injection system will make it possible to add the start-stop system.
Ford hasn’t locked the system to its trim level or Equipment Groups, so car owners are advised to see the option box if they want their Ford Fusion to shut down in traffic. The automaker also promised that it’ll be worth the price. Considering the current price of gasoline in the US, it is estimated that the start-stop technology could save drivers as much as $1100 over a five-year period.
Other than the engine system, the sedan’s battery and starter motor got a boost to handle the demands of frequent starts. The car’s software was updated to keep track of the cabin’s temperature. If it gets too warm inside, the engine will not shut down so the driver won’t also lose his cool.
Taking into account that the Chevrolet Malibu Eco and Buick’s LaCross and Regal eAssist are partial hybrids, the 2013 Ford Fusion will be the first non-hybrid car to have the start-stop technology. Potential buyers can opt in to have the engine system on their car once it goes on sale this fall.
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