Ford Fusion is now in its second generation and mid-size sedan has hardly looked better than it does today. After three consecutive years of blasting top grades in most of car review-related mediums, 2016 Ford Fusion is bound to receive a mild mid-cycle refresh which should keep it competitive.
Whatever, Ford Fusion is one of the iconic Ford cars. But, as you can see, new Ford Fusion brings a lot of changes and improvements. One of the larger changes are new performance and engine options.
Under the Hood
Powertrain options will all be carried over and as hybrid and plug-in versions should keep their Atkinson cycle 4-cylinder engine, so should conventional models come with the same trio of 4-cylinders. Base engine will again be the naturally aspirated 2.5L 4-cylinder which puts up both 175 hp and lb-ft of torque.
Rest of the lineup will be turbocharged as 2.0L EcoBoost and 1.5L EcoBoost engines deliver 240 and 181 hp, and 270 and 185 lb-ft of torque respectively. Gearbox will be changed, on the other hand, and 2016 Ford Fusion will receive a new 9-speed unit, while drivetrain configuration should remain either front or intelligent all-wheel drive.
Design – small changes
Exterior changes won’t be extensive at all. In fact, even mild facelift can be more changing than what’s in store for new Fusion. Only notable difference in next-year’s model is the lack of front-quarter window, while tail-light graphics could be changed as well. Otherwise, hexagonal Aston Martin-like grille which dominates front end fascia and gives the character to the car together with striking lines, will keep on unchanged.
Interior changes are going to be more extensive than exterior ones. Besides getting the new shifter, 2016 Ford Fusion will also get a few more features to its list and a new overall design. Just like before, seat upholstery will be made either from fabric cloth or leather, depending on a trim level. Cabin will receive some new soft-touch surfaces to go with the new flat-top dash, while infotainment system with standard 4.2-inch touch screen display will be carried over.
It will, however, get updated software, especially in upgraded 8-inch version which adds navigation to top grades, while Blackberry’s QNX system which was announced might not make it in time to take over in 2016 year model.
Matte wood accents are here as well and overall, new Fusion will be more classy, no doubt about it. Safety features should be carried over and besides offering all mandatory airbags and standard anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control and a rearview camera, Fusion should also give you the ability of getting optional rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors and cross-traffic alerts.
2016 Ford Fusion Price and MPG
Fuel efficiency will jump up slightly thanks to the new 9-speed transmission. This means that 25/37 mpg of a 1.5L turbo, 22/34 mpg of a base 2.5L 4-cylinder and 22/33 mpg of a 2.0L turbo four will jump up by around 1 mpg overall. Hybrid models will continue to offer the figures of 42 mpg combined and plug-in models will still be rated at 88 mpg estimated.
Prices might rise slightly and all models, whether conventional or hybrids should be available between $23,000 and $37,000. If the official information true, this Fusion will debut in early next year.
2016 Ford Fusion should continue to get great overall scores, but whether they’ll become lower or even higher, it remains to be seen. All in all, this mid-size sedan remains as one of the best choices around, but comes at slightly higher price than those of its competitiors.
Potential rivals are: Honda Accord,Toyota Camry, Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda 6, Volkswagen Passat.