Ford Fusion and Mondeo merge for 2013
The all-new 2013 Ford Fusion midsize sedan has debuted at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, touting styling that seems to meld an Aston Martin front end with the rear of a Ford Mondeo. Interestingly, the same car will also be launched in Europe as the Ford Mondeo, so it remains to be seen what it will be called in GCC markets.
Ford will offer the Fusion in various versions for the U.S. market, including a hybrid. The standard version comes in several trims and has a choice of three engines. The base Fusion is powered by a 170 hp 2.5-litre 4-cylinder motor. The next offering is an efficient 179 hp 1.6-litre “EcoBoost” turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The top Fusion comes with a 237 hp 2.0-litre “EcoBoost” turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant. There is a choice of 6-speed manual and automatic gearboxes, depending on engine. Some Western markets will get an all-wheel-drive option alongside the front-wheel-drive model.
Available features include an automatic start-stop system, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, blind-spot monitor and MyFord Touch multimedia system with SYNC.
Ford says the Fusion will be built in Mexico and the United States for the American market later this year. It will go on sale in Europe and Asia next year as the Mondeo, so potential buyers in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have a long wait.
Keep track of Middle East updates in the Ford buyer guide.