There are hardly any better-looking affordable mid-size sedans in the U.S. market than Ford Fusion. After three consecutive carryovers, it will finally receive a facelift, but don’t expect too many changes in its overall design as there’s no point in changing a winning combination. 2016 Ford Fusion hybrid will follow the same path as its conventional cousin and shouldn’ offer anything out of the ordinary.
The Engine options
Hybrid models will be available in S, SE and Titanium trim levels, while plug-in versions will only be tied to higher couple of grades. This amounts to five distinctive models in total, all of which are powered by the same 2.0L I-4 Atkinson cycle engine and 118 hp permanent magnet AC synchronous electric motor. Only difference comes in lithium-ion battery pack which is substantially larger in plug-in versions; 7.6 kWh over 1.4 kWh. In total, hybrid powertrain generates 188 horses in regular and 195 ponies in charge-depletion mode (only in plug-in’s, though).
Design – Changes and Improvements
From design’s standpoint, very little is going to be changed. Only thing that is known for certain at this point is that 2016 Ford Fusion hybrid won’t have the front-quarter window. Moreover, some changes to tail-light graphics are also possible, but otherwise, both front and rear end fascia will remain the same, and so will Fusion’s profile too.
Interior will, on the other hand, go through some rather extensive makeover. First of all, Fusion is bound to receive a new shifter. Rotary 9-speed automatic gearbox will replace the current shift lever and should leave some empty space due to its circular shape. New flat-top dashboard will change Fusion’s interior visuals even more, and it should have new overall layout as well. However, don’t expect for surfaces to change, at least not radically.
2016 Ford Fusion hybrid will continue to offer base cloth upholstery in base S models, and leather-trimmed seats in SE and Titanium grades. Latter ones will also get heated front seats with driver’s memory, and ventilated seats are reserved for the top grade, as an option. Basic 4.2-inch touch screen display will remain standard across the hybrid lineup, but top grades will benefit from optional 8-inch upgrade which brings navigation as well. Special Ford’s smart gauge with eco guide is one of distinctive features only available in hybrids and this won’t change any time soon.
2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid Safety and Price
Safety features are quite advanced, but most of them are optional which raises the cost. Rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors and cross-traffic alerts, all come as part of optional packages.
Thanks to a new transmission, conventional models’ fuel efficiency is going to benefit. Hybrids and plug-in hybrids are efficient enough as they are, however, and their figures which stand at 44/41 mpg for hybrids and 95/81 mpg estimated for plug-in’s will remain unchanged. Most affordable Fusion S hybrid should be available from $27,000, while Titanium Energi shouldn’t cost more than $38,000.
2016 Ford Fusion hybrid should be the same car it is now, albeit with insignificant exterior changes. Interior tweaks, however, will be more substantial, and a new gearbox should become a model for future Ford’s vehicles. This edition we can expect on the market in fall of this year.
When appear the first video of this model, we can look duel – 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid vs. 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid: