New Ford Fusion Hints At Future Mondeo Hybrids
Looking close to the Evos concept car unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the Fusion features Ford’s latest family styling and goes on sale in North America later this year. Engine options in its launch market will include 1.6 and 2.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, as well as a naturally aspirated version and two hybrids.
Like the C-Max, this will include a conventional hybrid and plug-in version both claimed to offer best-in-class efficiency. The Fusion Hybrid downsizes from a 2.5-litre unit sold in the outgoing car to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder, allowing fuel economy of up to 47mpg during inner city driving and beating equivalent variants of the the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata.
This will be joined by the Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid, aimed at being the most fuel-efficient car of its size anywhere in the world. Ford is claiming over 100mpg on the new electric vehicle fuel economy test cycle, which is higher than the Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid.
Specification for the European market Mondeo, pictured, have yet to be announced but with the Ford Focus Electric set to be imported it looks likely that the carmaker will offer a D-Segment hybrid too.
Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development, said: ‘Our vision for Fusion was clear – deliver the very best of what “One Ford” stands for. We brought our global teams together around a blank slate with the charge to develop a midsize car with ground- breaking design and jaw-dropping fuel economy – one that featured technologies to help make our customers safer and better drivers. This car is the result.’