Despite not going on sale until this fall, Ford has already launched an early configurator for the all-new 2013 Fusion on its website. Potential buyers get to pick from a wide assortment of colors, trims, powertrains, and options to deck out their Fusions.
The one thing that’s missing from this configurator is the magic numbers – pricing, that is. Ford has yet to announce official pricing numbers for the 2013 Fusion, but expect to see a modest increase over the 2012 model’s $21,500 starting price with destination. The base Fusion S model will no longer come standard with a six-speed manual (a six-speed automatic is standard), but the 2.5-liter I-4 does carry over for 2013. Ford has yet to quote finalized power ratings, but estimates the 2.5-liter should yield around 170 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque.
Gone are the 3.0-liter and 3.5-liter V-6 engines; in their places are two new turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinders. The smaller 1.4-liter EcoBoost is expected to be good for 179 hp and 172 lb-ft, while the range-topping 2.0-liter EcoBoost is estimated to put down 237 hp and 250 lb-ft. Both of the EcoBoost engines are available on the 2013 Escape; in this guise, the 1.4-liter EB is rated at 178 hp while the 2.0-liter is rated at 240 hp.
Those who want to row their own gears are not at a loss: Ford will offer a six-speed manual transmission on the 2013 Fusion SE with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost. SE models can also be had with the base 2.5-liter, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the 1.6-liter EcoBoost with the automatic, and 1.6-liter EcoBoost with the automatic and engine start-stop. The range-topping Fusion Titanium comes exclusively with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost and six-speed auto with the choice of front- or all-wheel drive.
Ford has also included the Fusion SE Hybrid in the configurator; that car takes all the amenities of the SE trim level with a 2.0-liter I-4 paired to an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission. Missing from the choices is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, which uses the same powertrain as the Hybrid and will go on sale in the beginning of 2013.
Nine different exterior colors – like Bordeaux Reserve and Deep Impact Blue – will be offered on the Fusion, as will be one interior fabric color (charcoal black) and two leather colors (charcoal black and dune). Options will include things like the MyFordTouch infotainment system, backup camera, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, navigation, active parking assist, and adaptive cruise control.
Since Ford has yet to announce 2013 Fusion pricing, we don’t know just how much one with all the bells and whistles will cost. A fully-kitted 2012 Fusion rings up to $33,660, so expect at least another couple of grand thanks to all the new technology packed in the 2013 car.
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