One of the most compelling aspects of the brand-new Ford Fusion is its array of high-efficiency, high-performance powertrains, which rely solely on four-cylinder motivation—unlike other mid-size sedans that offer bigger and thirstier V6 engines. However, thanks to people like Ford’s Scott Makowski, a manager for the company’s global I4 engine projects, it turns out that there actually is a replacement for that added V6 displacement: EcoBoost technology.
Packing an available 2.0-liter EcoBoost I4 powerplant, the Fusion boasts 240 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque—more twisting power than available from the V6 engines in either the Chevy Malibu or Toyota Camry—yet it’s also projected to deliver higher EPA marks (although those marks have yet to be released).
Then, along with a standard 2.5-liter I4, the 2013 Ford Fusion also will offer:
- A 1.6-liter EcoBoost that’s expected to achieve 26 mpg city/37 mpg highway
- Ford’s cutting-edge hybrid technology, combining a 2.0-liter, Atkinson-cycle I4 with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack for EPA marks of 47 mpg city/44 mpg highway
- Plug-in hybrid capabilities in the Fusion Energi, slated to deliver about 20 miles of all-electric, zero-emissions travel, at 100 MPGe, and back that up with an overall driving range of about 500 miles when operating as a “regular” hybrid
For more about the powertrain packages in the 2013 Ford Fusion, be sure to check out more of the exclusive behind-the-scenes video featuring Makowski; or, learn more about the 2013 Ford Fusion, because the car is on sale now, with an MSRP that starts at $21,700.
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