2016 Ford Fusion

2016 Ford Fusion was spotted on the streets with heavy camouflage on, which, by level of its coverage, indicates that we can expect lots of changes. Its body shape is unchanged, but its interior and both front and rear ends will be altered. This generation Fusion debuted back in 2012, as a 2013 model, and competitive market caused mid-cycle refresh to be pretty extensive, which we didn’t see coming. Looks like 2016 Ford Fusion received some styling cues which will further distance it from the Aston Martin’s design.

2016 Ford Fusion Front

2016 Ford Fusion exterior and interior changes

Exterior changes will include several new things. Starting from its front end, we will see new grill, while the edges are harsher. A pillar small window is also dropped, which gives the 2016 Ford Fusion more elegant and sleeker look. Details and accents on Fusion’s exterior are not visible due to a heavy coverage, but some design changes were noticeable instantly.

However, don’t be surprised, since 2016 Ford Fusion interior is where the majority of changes is made. Ford changed materials, and features. As visible from the pictures, the dashboard and center console with transmission tunnel are all new. To contribute to overall more luxurious look, American car producer used high-quality materials for upholstery and combined it with soft-touch surfaces. Although there were some rumors that Ford will switch to Blackberry’s QNX infotainment system instead of Microsoft SYNC, these rumors were not confirmed with this prototype. In fact, 2016 Ford Fusion still carries the Microsoft badge, but, to be completely sure, we will have to wait for its debut. Interior will also be additionally decorated with contrast stitching and a new matte-finish wood trim.

2016 Ford Fusion Interior

2016 Ford Fusion engine

Under the hood of 2016 Ford Fusion will not be changes, as least when it comes to engines. Mid-size sedan will enhance its performance, but thanks to the new 9-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM. Fusion is one of the first models from Ford’s line-up that received this transmission. Beside new automatic, Fusion will probably continue to offer its 6-speed manual transmission mated with specific engines. Front-wheel drive remains standard, and all-wheel drive optional.

Depending on trim, Ford offered four engines, including base. Base engine is still a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 175 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque.

Second engine available is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is capable to deliver 182 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, is third choice, and it offers output of 181 hp and 185 lb-ft of torque.

Fourth and strongest engine in this line-up is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque.

Already good fuel economy rates will definitely be slightly enhanced thanks to transmission change, compared to last year rates. Previous model delivered 26 mpg combined with a base engine. Both 1.6-liter and 1.5-liter four cylinder engines offered 29 mpg combined, and with a 2.0-liter Fusion delivered same mileage as with base – 26 mpg combined.

2016 Ford Fusion Compare

2016 Ford Fusion competition

We wrote earlier about 2016 Ford Fusion’s though rivals, and the changes that some of them done recently. The closest of them all are Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Mazda 6, Toyota Camry and Volkswagen Passat.

2016 Ford Fusion price and release

Looking at the 2016 Ford Fusion sedan prototype, it is easy to conclude that this test mule is almost completely over. This give us hope that Ford will reveal its redesigned Fusion earlier than we expected. Both L.A. and Detroit Auto Shows are mentioned as potential hosts for the big debut. Price is not published, but according to reliable sources, we can expect it to start around $23,000, which is very close to its predecessor’s price tag.

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