First Look at the 2013 Ford Fusion

By Cole Q.

Ah, a new year, and that brings diets, exercise and…new vehicles! For Ford, that includes the all-new 2013 Fusion, which will arrive in dealerships in North America later this year. We can sum up the next-generation Fusion in a word: fuel efficiency. Wait, that’s two words! Therein lies a problem – we can’t really talk about this car in a single word, given all the exciting new technologies and innovations.

The new Fusion is the first sedan to be available in gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid variations. The 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter EcoBoost™ four-cylinder engines, an all-new normally aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder, an automatic start-stop system, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and automatic or manual six-speed transmissions will be in the mix to lend support to fuel efficiency.

The Fusion Hybrid, equipped with the new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine, is anticipated to deliver 47 mpg city and 44 mpg highway. Meanwhile, the plug-in Fusion Energi is anticipated to deliver more than 100 MPGe (the equivalent of miles per gallon when talking electricity, not fuel). This is 8 MPGe more than the Chevrolet Volt and 13 MPGe more than the projected efficiency of the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid model.

The next-generation Fusion 1.6-liter is the first automatic-transmission Ford product that will be offered in North America with an automatic start-stop system. It shuts off engine power smoothly when the car is stopped and seamlessly restarts as the driver releases the brake pedal, helping to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by approximately 3.5 percent.

Driver assistance and convenience technologies will also be available. Among them? Lane Keeping System, to help the driver maintain proper lane position, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS®), which helps to detect traffic in the driver’s blind spot and send an alert, Active Park Assist, to aid in parallel parking, and Adaptive Cruise Control, which utilizes radar to slow the vehicle when it detects slower traffic ahead.

Other notables in the safety department are increases in body strength by 10 percent, with engineers using more high-strength steels such as boron, and adding dual first-row knee airbags and adaptive front airbags that vent and tether to conform to a specific occupant’s size, position and seatbelt usage.


The Fusion will also have available the newest versions of SYNC®, the communication and entertainment system, and MyFord® Touch, so the driver can keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, by way of interacting with vehicle systems through voice control, a touch screen tap or a conventional button.

Fuel economy, safety, convenience…but how’s the new Fusion look? You likely immediately spotted its new face, character lines, and refined surface. “The previous Fusion was an easy purchase for a customer to rationalize,” said Chris Hamilton, Chief Exterior Designer of the next-generation model. “Our design goal for the new car was to give the mainstream sedan buyer a top-drawer visual experience, adding some emotional appeal to an already sensible choice.” Inside, things are sporty and more open, including new seating with more functionality, a higher center console and additional passenger space.


Overall performance of the Fusion has been improved too, with careful tuning by the Ford Vehicle Handling and Ride team, combined with a MacPherson strut front suspension and all-new premium-level multilink rear suspension, contributing to the vehicle being fun to drive.

Come to think of it, we have come up with a single word capable of describing the new Ford Fusion: awesome!

You can watch the reveal of the 2013 Ford Fusion from the North American International Auto Show on January 9, 2012 right here:

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Pep Vives Llordes 01/10/2012
The Ford Fusion number ONE!!! OK!!!
John Perigard 01/09/2012
don't like it. Too Vanilla, going to miss the distinctive Fusion look.
Janaki Ram Ray 01/09/2012
I find the 2013 Fusion very appealing - just the kind of car I would consider to replace my 2007 Prius; I was thinking of Jetta Sportswagon, but will look at the Fusion if offered as a hatchback.
I just don't understand why Detroit is reluctant to offer small wagons and want to push such customers to consider crossover SUVS, which don't offer the same fuel economy -
Georg Möller jr. GmbH & Co KG 01/09/2012
Hello Ivan, no panic! In europe it will be the still the Mondeo.
Kristin Letts 01/09/2012
I hope it's priced well... affordable. If so, I will definitely look at buying one.
Khaled Hammoud 01/09/2012
I love it since the first sight, i wish i can afford to get one.
Barış Özyurt 01/09/2012
Please, deliver this car as new Mondeo in Europe with 1.6 ecoboost and 1.6TDCI engines combines Powershift transmission.
J 01/09/2012
It looks like an aston martin, which is awesome. I'm not the biggest fan of sedans but this one is amazing looking!
Larry Jones 01/09/2012
DRIVEON has a story about a turbo 4 in the new Fusion; what are the details on that? Also, is Ford continuing the all wheel drive in the new Fusion?
Ivan Shadrin 01/09/2012
Ford! Tell me that you will call it "all new Mondeo" when you will start to sell this car in Europe! Please!
Keone Kele 01/09/2012
Would love to see this in an "ST" Trim with a 270hp 2.0L EcoBoost 4 Cylinder Engine, All-Wheel Drive and a 6-speed manual transmission.
Finally my dream become true!
exactly like how i love it and i like it
so beauty and handsome and luxury and strong
Ford will be proud in the new Fusion/Mondeo
good job ford...
Rita Davidson 01/09/2012
what kind of deal u got with the 5 speed
Adam Jason Lemus 01/09/2012
Please tell me this will be available with a real manual trans! I fell for the manual/auto transmission song and dance before and absolutely hated it to the point I traded my new 2009 for a twelve year old used car that didn’t bore me to death
Marc R. Notgivinghislastname 01/09/2012
Me too, good job Ford! 8-)
Justin Boettcher 01/09/2012
Love it!
Luis Hartenstein 01/09/2012
I want this car
Dhani Harris 01/09/2012
Nice design this time love it! cannot wait to see in our shore wearing the Mondeo name
Dean Harris 01/09/2012
I agree. The new Ford sedans borrow heavily from the Aston Martin. Not a bad thing.
Mardy Freshcorn 01/09/2012
Was wanting a fusion
Ian Cloutier 01/09/2012
Not bad. Focus electric look
Rogelio Gutierrez 01/09/2012
I miss the '97 Thunderbird.
Ryan Shaner 01/09/2012
almost looks like an aston martin front end, but looks sweet