2019 Ford Fusion Energi Adds Range, Rest Of Family Adds Safety

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, Automotive Editor - March 22, 2018

It looks like Ford hasn't given up on its midsize Fusion sedan just yet, giving the vehicle a refresh for the 2019 model year. The revitalized Fusion is now offered in 36 configurations — down from 2,000 — and now comes with the automaker's latest suite of safety features. The Ford Fusion Energi also has more range than before.

As far as its exterior design goes, not a lot has changed for the new Fusion. There's a new grille with a mesh design, new fog lights, slightly different front and rear fascias, and modern wheel designs. Other than that, the majority of updates are things you can't see — like more features.

The most prominent addition to the sedan is Ford's new Co-Pilot360, which adds a bunch of advanced safety tech. Things like blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beama, a backup camera, lane-keep assist, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection are now standard on the sedan. Yes, that package of safety features is even standard on the base S trim.

Co-Pilot360 Assist is an additional step above the regular Co-Pilot360 system and brings adaptive cruise control with stop and go, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, as well as voice-activated navigation. That package hasn't been priced yet. Other new tech features on the Fusion SE and above include Ford's latest Sync 3 system, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Ford+Alexa compatibility.

In addition to all of the new content, Ford has also updated the Fusion's powertrain options in a bid to, again, reduce the possible number of configurations. The base S model still utilizes the old 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but SE trims and above now come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder. Other powertrains include a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which powers the Titanium trim (and all-wheel-drive variants), and the 325-hp V6 that's in the Fusion V6 Sport.

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In regard to the electrically-assisted Fusion, Ford updated the 9.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack's chemistry in the Fusion Energi to increase the vehicle's electric-only range. The sedan can now travel 25 miles on nothing but electricity. That's a modest upgrade — roughly a 20 percent increase — from the previous model, which had an electric range of 21 miles.

Look for the 2019 Fusion to make its official debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, while the sedan will go on sale in summer.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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