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2019 Ford Fusion: A Quick Overview

2019 Ford Fusion: A Quick Overview

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Sedans may be going the way of the dodo but that doesn’t mean their swansong has to be mediocre. At least that's what Ford seems to think. The 2019 Ford Fusion may keep the changes subtle while maintaining the successful recipe of old but that’s with good reason. When something works, mess with it at your own peril!


It will take you a few seconds to see what is new, but once seen, the upgrades make sense. After the redesign of last year, Ford have elected to keep things simple. Change the grille, change the front and rear fascia, modify the air intake at the front and the rear diffuser. Add some new alloy wheel designs and a couple of new colours and we’re done.


The grille is probably the biggest difference. Ford raided the parts bin and brought out a Jaguar-esque chrome mesh grille to replace the horizontal one on the Energi version while the Sport turns the mesh black. Other models retain the original grille.


More than meets the eye

The 2019 Ford Fusion also introduces Co-Pilot 360 Assist for the first time. This is an integrated system recently announced at a Ford press conference. The system includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot information system and lane-keeping assist. It also includes automatic lighting which will please Transport Canada.


Finally, if you’re in the market for a PHEV, the Ford Fusion Energi will now feature a larger battery pack. The battery capacity increases from 7.6 to 9.0 kWh which in turn extends its electric-only range from 21 miles to 25. A small increase to be sure, but it is still a marked improvement with very little increase in battery size.


Traditionally-powered Fusion will come with the 2.5-litre four cylinder or the 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder. The 2.0-litre four cylinder will still be available in Titanium trim while the throaty 2.7-litre V6 will still power the Fusion Sport.


All these changes update the 2019 Ford Fusion enough to keep it fresh. The changes also reduce the number of combinations now possible. The Fusion goes from over 200 combinations down to a mere 36. This will help Ford reduce costs and turn manufacturing space over to trucks and SUVs. It also helps buyers by making certain things standard across some trims rather than optional extras.


Ford is gradually shifting away from sedans and we are not sure how long models such as the Fusion are going to be with us. At least the automaker is making the effort to deliver good quality sedans to market while it still offers them I guess!


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