It’s been quite a wait but the all new 2013 Fusion is slated to be at Brown Bros the week of October 22nd. Fusion has been a top safety pick for 3 years running, is the number one selling car in it’s class and it seems the gap is about to widen.
Safety plays a large part in this car as Ford offers what most people think you can only get for the price of 3 or 4 Fusions! I think this is very important since our kids will also be driving (or so they hope). In 2010, more than 4,500 young drivers were involved in fatal car crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the U.S.. AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers ages 16 to 17 are involved in seven times as many crashes per mile driven than drivers in their 40s, 50s or 60s & I would think the numbers would be pretty much the same in Canada.
8 airbags are standard.
Advance Trac to help the driver maintain control in poor driving conditions.
Brake Assist to give you more braking when you need it most.
Driver Alert which monitors driving performance & assesses driver alertness & will give a warning when needed.
Lane Keeping System which monitors the lane marking and tracks the car. If it wanders you get an alert and will even help steer the car back into the lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control it uses radar to scan for slower moving vehicles and adjusts speed accordingly.
Collision Warning which can warn the driver and will pre-charge the brakes for added braking force.
Blind Spot Information System it uses radar to sense vehicles in your blind spot and gives warning in your rearview mirrors.
Cross traffic Alert also uses radar and if a vehicle or person is approaching behind the vehicle a warning is given.
Forward & Reverse Sensing to see what you can’t
My Key allows parents to program limits on the vehicle’s speed and audio volume & encourages seat belt use by programming in a constant chiming sound if passengers don’t buckle up.
The systems above go a long way in trying to make us safer. I don’t have room for all the details on the systems, but if you want more detail, give me a call or email. Some of these systems are only available though on the top two Fusion models.
Ford has streamlined the model selection down to three. Entry level is now the “S“, but it’s anything but entry. Standard equipment includes:
168 hp 2.5 L 4 cyclinder engine with variable valve control, battery with run down protection, 6 speed automatic transmission with overdrive, sequential sport shift, speed-sensing electric power-assisted rack-pinion steering, air conditioning, speed control, power windows, remote power door locks with 2 stage unlock and illuminated entry, tilt/telescopic steering, internet access, wireless connectivity, 6 way driver seat adjustment, 60-40 folding rear bench seat, AM/FM, CD/MP3, delay-off headlights, automatic headlights, seed sensitive wipers & low tire pressure warning.
The “SE” kicks it up a notch and adds: 10 way power driver seat with power lumbar, keyless-entry keypad, heated power mirrors with puddle lamp and Integrated turn signal, compass, outside temperature indicator.
If you want it all, there is the Titanium model which includes among other things: aluminum brake & accelerator pedals, ambient lighting, decklid spoiler, dual chrome exhaust, dual zone climate control, fog lamps, leather heated seats, driver seat memory (3 settings), 10-way power driver & 2-way power passenger seats, passive entry with passive start, rear view camera, remote start, reverse sensing, Sony premium audio (w/12 Speakers), SYNC® with MyFord Touch® which is voice activated
Available engines include the 168 hp 2.5 litre 4 cylinder, the 178 hp 1.6 litre Ecoboost 4 cylinder and the 240 hp 2.0 litre ecoboost 4 cylinder. Oh, and did I mention best in class fuel economy???
Of course also on the way are the Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi Plug in Hybrid. More on those at a later date.