Ford Shows 2010 Fusion and Fusion Hybrid in LA
Basically, both Ford Fusion and Fusion Hybrid feature redesigned fronts and rears, with updated interiors and, more importantly, with four engine choices. The Fusion offers three engine variants, all of them particularly focused on fuel efficiency, according to a Ford statement released to the press: Duratec 2.5-liter I4, Duratec 3.0-liter V6 and the initial 3.5-liter V6 upgraded to 240 horsepower. The fourth engine is the hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder which works with an electronically-controlled continuously variable transmission and provides a maximum power of 155 hp with an estimated torque of 136 lb-ft.
Prices for the new models were not unveiled but Ford mentioned that Fusion is exclusively built at Ford's Hermosillo (Mexico) Stamping and Assembly Plant and is scheduled to arrive in authorized dealership as early as spring 2009.
"We're maintaining the fun-to-drive elements that made the Ford Fusion such a huge success and building on those," said Chief Engineer J.D. Shanahan. "Our 2010 models are even more fun to drive with better steering and handling. It's all exemplified by the Ford Fusion Sport with its 3.5-liter engine, 18-inch wheels and sport tuning."
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