The 2015 Ford Fusion is on its way, but buyers should not expect to see any major changes in the car except for some minor wheel designs, new exterior paint treatments and the shuffling of options among the trim levels and packages.
The 2015 Fusion will continue to have a nicely designed interior with large, easy to use gauges and generous back-seat legroom. A major flaw of the interior is the stiff front seats and the whiplash-protecting front-seat headrests that push passengers’ heads unduly forward.
2015 Ford Fusion Feature
Just like it did in the current Fusion, Ford will offer an impressive array of features in Ford Fusion 2015 model. Although there have been some complaints that the MyFord Touch multimedia operating system in the current Fusion is a bit difficult and distracting to use, we will be surprised if we do not see it again in the next Fusion model. Some upscale features like the ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats, which are offered by some of its rivals, could also be introduced in the car.
Safety features like the adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot detection systems which help drivers avoid collision will again be offered on the 2015 Fusion. Ford’s optional Active Park Assist technology and the inflatable rear outboard seatbelts are also expected to be offered again on this 2015 car model.
Ford Fusion 2015 Engine
Details about the choice of power units that will come with the Ford Fusion 2015 model are not available at the moment, but there are speculations that the car will share similar power units with its predecessor.
The introduction of a third four-cylinder version direct-injected and turbocharged EcoBoost engine into the lineup for the 2014 model year may signify the demise of the standard 2.5-liter 175-horsepower four-cylinder engine (that was carried over from the previous generation) in Fusion 2015 model. If this happened, the more economical, 178 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque 1.5-liter turbo four could become the base engine and the similarly rated 1.6-liter EcoBoost could also be dropped from the lineup. The high performance 2.0-liter turbo four that delivers 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque is expected to remain the top choice. A six-speed manual (and automatic) transmission should remain standard across the line.
The Fusion Hybrid and plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi models will run on a 2.0-liter 141-horspower four-cylinder engine and an electric motor generator.
We expect the next Fusion’s fuel economy figures to remain as it is now. A base model equipped with the 2.5-liter engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission should have an estimated EPA rating of 22/34/26-mpg city/highway/combined, while the more-economical 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo four should be good for 24/36/20 mpg. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost turbo four should be estimated at 25/37/29-mpg when mated with the six-speed manual transmission and 23/36/28-mpg with the automatic. The top Fusion Titanium with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four engine and automatic transmission should be rated at 22/33/26-mpg and 22/31/25-mpg with all-wheel-drive.
Just like the current, 2015 Fusion Hybrid variant should be rated at 47/47/47 mpg, while the Energi is expected to be rated at an electric equivalent of 100 mpg when powered by a battery and 44/41/43 mpg when used as a conventional hybrid.
Release Date and Price
The base S Fusion 2015 model is expected to start at around $23,250 when the car hits the dealerships in summer 2014.
According to a Pulitzer Prize-winning auto writer, Dan Neil, “the Ford Fusion is arguably the best car in its segment at the moment”. It is definitely the most attractive and best-screwed together family sedan on the market. To top it all, it is quiet and sporty, it is highly economical and its sticker price is in line with its competitors.
While Chevy’s Malibu sale dropped by 23 percent to just 90,000 units and Toyota’s Camry by 6 percent in the first five months of the year in the U.S. market, Fusion is busy setting records. 137,000 units sold within the period represent an 18 percent increase in sale.
These are supporting facts to show you how compelling Ford Fusion has become, and we expect these qualities to extend to the upcoming 2015 Ford Fusion.