The domestic superstar at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in January was without a doubt the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. The new Fusion brings refinement, power and fuel economy not found on the previous model.
Rather than focusing on matching the competition (Toyota, Honda, Nissan, etc.), the automaker set its sights much higher, envisioning a Fusion with European styling elements, including and an Audi-inspired front end.
So far, media and consumer reaction have been overwhelmingly positive. The 2013 Fusion appears to bring a level of refinement lightyears ahead of the previous model.
The new plug-in Fusion Hybrid is also worth getting exciting about. The gasoline/electric car is capable of roughly 100 mpg, according to various reports. Even the standard hybrid model should achieve fuel efficiency impressive for its class (estimates place it in the 40 to 50 mpg range).
The one major criticism thus far revolves around the new Fusion’s interior, which critics say only brings a level of quality similar to the previous model and other current Ford products.
The 2013 Fusion will be built at Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico plant. Expect to see it hit showrooms some time in Fall 2012.