The 2019 Ford Fusion sedan made its public debut at the New York International Auto Show. The updated Fusion gets revised styling for all variants which includes sleeker front and rear design, new wheels and fresh color palettes inside and out.
From the entry-level Fusion S to Fusion Energi Titanium, every 2019 Fusion features the Co-Pilot360 safety and driver-assist technologies as standard equipment, which includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection with cross-traffic alert, lane keeping system, rear backup camera and auto high-beam lighting.
The optional Co-Pilot360 Assist includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go, which automatically accelerates and brakes to a full stop when traffic halts, while maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD touch screen is now standard for Fusion SE and above models, while voice-activated touch screen navigation with pinch-to-zoom capability, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link is standard for Fusion Hybrid SEL, Fusion Titanium and Fusion V6 Sport.
Fusion SE and above models now include a standard embedded 4G LTE modem providing Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices. Furthermore, SYNC 3 with the Ford+Alexa app offers access to Alexa skills, like adding items to a shopping list or playing music. New Waze compatibility will help drivers avoid troublesome traffic spots. Commands and functionality for Ford+Alexa and Waze may vary depending on smartphone and required software.
More electric-only range
The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid variant is projected to offer an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles (40 km), which is nearly 20 percent more than the outgoing model. The engineers designed a new 9.0 kWh air-cooled lithium-ion battery offering greater energy capacity with no change to the battery pack’s physical size, Ford said.
Ford estimates the 2019 Fusion Energi will potentially allow up to 80 percent of plug-in customers to drive their typical daily commute on electricity alone, with the support of both home and workplace charging, assuming the vehicle is fully charged daily at home and at work.
Even without workplace charging, Ford estimates approximately 48 percent of plug-in hybrid customers could potentially get to and from their jobs on electric power alone. This estimate is based on MyFord Mobile app data collected from more than 19 million unique trips from 23,000 Ford battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The new 2019 Fusion models include:
- Fusion S: The entry model now includes standard Ford Co-Pilot360, automatic high-beams and rain-sensing wipers.
- Fusion SE, Fusion Hybrid SE: Adding to the equipment on Fusion S, gasoline-powered Fusion SE comes standard with 1.5-liter EcoBoost, SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD touch screen, SYNC Connect with Wi-Fi hotspot and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control. Fusion Hybrid SE adds a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder hybrid engine paired to a CVT.
- Fusion SEL, Fusion Hybrid SEL: Fusion SEL replaces SE Luxury Package. It includes 10-way power driver’s seat with two memory settings, ActiveX seating surfaces, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, intelligent access with remote start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlamps and warm interior accents. Hybrid model adds voice-activated touch screen navigation with pinch-to-zoom capability, plus SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
- Fusion Titanium, Fusion Hybrid Titanium: Fusion Titanium includes standard heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, rear inflatable seat belts, 19-inch wheels, navigation system, moonroof and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
- Fusion Energi Titanium: In addition to a near 20 percent projected increase in electric-only driving range, Fusion Energi now includes rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, voice-activated navigation, and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
- Fusion V6 Sport: With standard all-wheel drive and 380 lb.-ft. (515 Nm) of torque, the 325 hp Fusion V6 Sport is claimed to be the most powerful car in its class.
“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians. Our Ford Co-Pilot360 with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey,” said Corey Holter, Ford car group marketing manager. “For our green-minded customers, we’ve amped up our Fusion Energi with a projected increase of nearly 20 percent electric-only driving range.”