The Wheel Deal

Fixing you up with life in the fast lane.
Posted: January 9th, 2012 | By Thomas Falkiner

I must be honest and say that the new Ford Focus left me a little cold. But this freshly minted Fusion is absolutely scorching hot. Seriously, squint your eyes even just a little bit and it looks like something the chaps at Aston Martin could have designed. Well from the front anyway. Unveiled at this year’s Detroit Motor Show, the 2013 Fusion is Ford’s latest and greatest global car, one that, just like the little Fiesta and aforementioned Focus, will soon be available in automotive markets around the world. Of course outside America it will be known as the Mondeo.

But regardless of what badge eventually gets slapped on the back of its rump, this dapper mid-sized saloon will offer its customers a massive amount of technology and choice. Starting with the propulsion department, you will be able to specify your Fusion (or Mondeo) with either a petrol, hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain. The press release doesn’t allude to any diesel options but you can bet your bottom dollar that a range of oil-burners will work their way onto the menu. Transmission wise you can pick either a manual or automatic ‘box fitted with Ford’s fuel saving start-stop technology.

Determined to make the Fusion a safer car to drive across our everyday mean streets, Dearborn have also grafted in a range of active safety features including a Lane Keeping System; Adaptive Cruise Control; Active Park Assist and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS). All neatly packaged under that beautiful steely skin, the final cherry on top of the all-new Fusion should be its fine handling characteristics. Based upon the European Mondeo platform that features MacPherson struts up front and an independent multi-link setup at the rear, Fusion 2.0 will be able to steer and change direction with the best of them.

Expect it to hit North American showrooms later this year. The rest of the world will have to wait until the Mondeo debuts in the first quarter of 2013.

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