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2018 Ford Fusion: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - January 19, 2017
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Model Preview

Since being redesigned in 2013 into the sleek and sporty sedan it is today, the Fusion’s looks haven’t changed much. That said, the 2017 Fusion underwent a pile of changes such as a new engine and tech features. At this time, we don’t expect any big changes for 2018.

The sleek looks of the Fusion should continue unchanged for the new model year. Although the car has been popular with families, its roofline has caused relatively poor rear outward visibility. Another area that has suffered from this design is its tighter-than-average 37.8 inches of rear headroom. Fortunately, the Fusion makes up for this with 38.3 inches of rear leg room, 16 cubic feet of trunk space and a quiet cabin.

Standard features are expected to remain the same, too. These should include 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, and a four-speaker sound system. Folks looking for a little something extra can go with the SE, Titanium, Platinum, or the new-for-2017 Sport that has been likened to power-packed Ford SHO models of old.

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The Fusion’s powertrain saw a huge upgrade in 2017 with the addition of the new V6 Sport trim and its 325-horsepower 2.7-liter turbocharged engine. That engine should carry into 2018 unchanged. Also expected to remain the same will be its base 2.5-liter with 175 hp, and optional 1.5-liter with 181 hp and 2.0-liter with 245 hp.

Regardless of the engine it comes with, all Fusions come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard with the 2.5-, 1.5-, and 2.0-liter engines, while the latter gets optional all-wheel drive. The V6 Sport comes equipped with all-wheel drive.

Safety is a strong point for the 2017 Fusion, and we anticipate the 2018 version earning the same honors. Thanks to “Good” ratings in all five crash tests and a “Superior” rating in front crash prevention, it received an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. Unfortunately, a “Poor” rating in the headlight test held it back from the coveted Top Safety Pick+ award. Remember, to get the automatic emergency braking that helped qualify it for the Top Safety Pick designation, buyers must opt for the Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go.

Expect a full review closer to launch.

Pricing & Release Date

With it being a carryover model, we don’t expect the 2018 Fusion’s pricing to go too far past the current range of $22,995 to $39,615 (destination fees included). Based on our analysis, deals on the outgoing car have been very aggressive with an array of cashback offers, finance incentives and lease deals.

In this segment, the Fusion battles competition like the Kia Optima ($23,050 to $36,940), Honda Accord ($23,330 to $35,805), and Toyota Camry ($23,935 to $32,235).

While we don’t know the exact release date for the 2018 Fusion, we do expect it to arrive sometime in the spring of 2017.

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Pictured: 2017 Fusion

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