Ford’s 2019 Fusion lineup is full of changes from last year’s models. Among them are a new standard package of driver-assist technologies, a new Energi plug-in hybrid model with increased electric-only range and updated styling on all models.
Introducing Ford Co-Pilot360™
The new Ford Co-Pilot360™ Protect safety suite is standard on every 2019 Fusion. Its technologies include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane-keeping system, a rear backup camera, a blind spot information system and auto high-beam lighting.
The Ford Co-Pilot 360™ Assist option adds adaptive cruise control that can brake and accelerate in stop-and-go traffic, along with voice-activated navigation input and SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link.
“People tell us they are stressed with crowded roads and more distracted drivers and pedestrians,” said Ford Marketing Manager Corey Holter. “Our Ford Co-Pilot360™ with standard automatic emergency braking and other technologies can help them drive more confidently so they can enjoy the journey.”
In addition to the Co-Pilot360™ suite, the Fusion lineup will also include new connectivity features. SE models and above will come with standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Sync 3® with an 8-inch LCD touch screen.
Fusion Energi has good news for commuters
The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is expected to increase its electric-only range by almost 20 percent, predicted to now reach an EPA-estimated 25 miles on a single charge.* This is achieved by a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour, air-cooled lithium-ion battery that delivers more energy capacity even though it’s the same size as the previous model’s battery.
After collecting years of data from 23,000 MyFord® Mobile customers, Ford calculates that 80 percent of 2019 Fusion Energi drivers could handle their daily commute using only electricity, as long as they could access both home and work charging. Still, without workplace charging, 48 percent of Energi drivers could drive an electric-only commute.
New lineup, new look
The 2019 Fusion lineup will be simplified from previous years. After the base S model will now come SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels that are also available as hybrids versions. Rounding out the lineup are the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi Titanium and the 325-horsepower Fusion V6 Sport.
New front and rear stylings will also be featured on the 2019 Fusion lineup. The S, SE and SEL models will sport a new grille with a five-bar, chrome-finished design. Other design highlights include LED taillamps, a new trunk lid panel, new body color options and a pair of new wheel designs.
This progressive new lineup should arrive in showrooms later this summer. No matter which model they choose, drivers can expect an array of advanced new safety and connectivity technologies when they get behind the wheel of a 2019 Ford Fusion.
*Range calculation based on www.fueleconomy.gov. Actual mileage and range will vary.
This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.