It was last January when the 2013 Ford Fusion made its public debut in Detroit Auto Show. It is an overhauled version of its predecessors, and it bears great resemblance to the Ford Evos concept. Set to hit the showrooms soon, Autoweek shared pictures of the said car as it was spotted hitting the Detroit streets on a camouflage last Thursday morning.
Although it looks black out, the images clearly show the vehicle’s headlights and new grille. The flowing shape is also obvious, as well as its oblong taillights.
Under 2013 Ford Fusion’s Hood
Other than the overhauled design, it was also reported that Ford will build a Fusion plug-in hybrid model, which could compete against Chevrolet Volt and Hyundai Sonata hybrid. The 2013 Ford Fusion will feature the conventional and plug-in hybrid powerplants, each sporting a gas engine and electronic motor.
The car will also be available with one of the three four-cylinder engines: Standard 2.5 L Duratec I-4 engine, 1.6 L and 2.0 L of EcoBoost engines. The 2.0 L EcoBoost engine is an in-line four-cylinder engine that combines turbocharging, direct injection and twin independent variable cam timing. This engine design is meant to boost both performance and efficiency.
Aside from the engines, the vehicle will be offered with six-speed automatic, six-speed manual and six-speed SelectShift automatic. The SelectShift transmission has available steering wheel-mounted paddles that enable the owner to quickly shift from one gear to another without taking his hands of the wheel.
In addition, the 2013 Ford Fusion will have a new suspension system that delivers a smooth ride, while the electric power-assisted steering offers a responsive and comfortable driving experience. The EPAS automatically adjusts to deliver a precise feel and control at higher or lower speed when assistance is needed. It features pull-drift compensation that detects road conditions and active nibble control, which reduces unwanted vibrations in the steering wheel.
An Intelligent All-wheel-drive system will also be available for the driver’s peace of mind. It is a fully automatic feature that delivers power to the wheels whenever a wheelslip is detected. This means that whether the road is filled with gravel, snow or soaked by rain; the car can still have sure-footed traction.
Now that the car is already spotted on the road, this might mean that the car manufacturer is working out 2013 Ford Fusion’s last few bugs. The car is expected to go on sale “in the middle of 2012.”