American sedans used to be thought of as huge, barbaric land yachts. Driving a Crown Victoria or Ford Granada, meant you were either a cop or a geriatric. That’s not the case anymore. Ford makes a lineup of sedans, such as the Ford Fusion, that are high-tech and sexy.
HISTORY OF THE Ford Fusion
First Generation Fusion (2006 – 2012)
The Fusion was first introduced in 2006 as a four-door, five-passenger sedan. Engine options included either a 2.3L 4-cylinder or a 3.0L 6-cylinder, mated to a 6-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive was standard, with all-wheel drive available becoming available in 2007.
In 2010, the Fusion got a refresh including an updated exterior and interior. Two new engines also became available: a 2.5L 4-cylinder and 3.5L 6-cylinder. The 2.3L was dropped. A hybrid version of the Fusion was also introduced, as was a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 2012 Fusion remained unchanged in anticipation of the next year redesign.
Second Generation Fusion (2013 – present)
The second generation Fusion debuted in 2013 with more dramatic styling and a fashionable new interior. Two new engine options became available: a 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder and a 2.oL turbo 4-cylinder. The Ford MyTouch electronics interface also became available.
In 2014, a new 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder engine got added to the lineup. In addition, new available features were offered including inflatable rear seatbelts, a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.
Ford has taken something American and boring and livened it up; like a hot dog covered in chili and cheese. The Fusion proves American sedans don’t have to be drab and utilitarian – they can be robust and flavorful!