Mid-size sedan market segment is one of the toughest in terms of competition. Most of the autos in this category are not older than three years. As Ford’s mid size sedan, Fusion was last refreshed in 2013. It is therefore expected to undergo substantial changes especially on its inside and it will be released as the 2016 Ford Fusion. This new model is expected to be the most preferred choice in its segment despite it being more expensive than its rivals. It will be based on the old European platform, thus it will be quite different from the previous models.
2016 FORD FUSION: REDESIGN EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR
Ford Fusion’s familiar details will not disappear with the new changes although these well known aspects will be greatly improved. There will be an entirely new front bumper and new fog lights which will bring in a more modern appearance. The rear end will also receive some changes which include updated taillights in combination with a bolder back bumper. Similarly, a number of new body colors will possibly be offered. This new 2016 Ford Fusion will lose its front door quarter window thus considerably improving its overall look. As for its side look, this car will retain its basic lines and shape. Since it will be built on the old platform, its weight and support will not be altered.
Interior of 2016 Ford Fusion will acquire numerous refreshments. There will be a new dashboard which will be in a new style including its wheel. This dashboard will have some metallic ascents in the base models and wood elements in the high trims levels. Still on its center console, spy shots have revealed an extremely revamped interior with a new design entailing a more fashionable feel with soft-touch surfaces. 2016 Ford Fusion will get contrast stitching details in addition to a new wood finish trim. A new rotary gear selector has been installed in the centre console replacing the shift lever, and it will serve the 9-speed transmission. Still on its inside, there will be new materials and color schemes which will be in the cloth and leather seat upholstery. Other advanced features which are expected on 2016 Ford Fusion higher trims include heated and cooled front seats, power moon roof with ambient lighting, heated steering wheel, rearview camera, antilock brakes, rear packing sensors, blind spot monitors, eight airbags, cross traffic alerts and lane departure warning.
2016 FORD FUSION: ENGINE OPTIONS AND FUEL ECONOMY
In terms of its power train, 2016 Ford Fusion will be offered with a number of engine options. First of all, the base engine will remain as the 1.5 liter EcoBoost from the outgoing model generating 180 horsepower, paired to the 6-speed manual transmission. Upwards, two more engine options will be offered and they include a 2.0 liter EcoBoost with 240 horsepower and the 2.0 liter hybrid generating 188 horsepower. There is news about the new 9-speed automatic transmission which is expected to improve this new model’s performance and also increase its gas mileage. It this gearbox is installed, there will be no need to change the current engines since this sedan’s handling, performance and EPA ratings will certainly be improved.
2016 Ford Fusion: Release Date, Price and Competitors
2016 Ford Fusion is expected to debut during the 2015 at Detroit Auto Show. Its estimated price is speculated to be around $ 23 000 for its base model. The biggest rivals of new 2016 Ford Fusion on market will be: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Mazda 6 and Chevrolet Malibu.