Ford sedans are renowned for their comfort and driving pleasure. In the case of the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid, you can also add economy since its engine relies on electrical power and low fuel consumption.
To be clear, the Ford Fusion Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (or PHEV) does not neglect driving pleasure, or the satisfaction of driving a well-equipped sedan with all the options and attributes of a long-distance cruiser.
Here are some of the features of this economical sedan.
Mechanically, the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 4-cylinder 2.0-litre Atkinson-cycle engine. This engine develops sum 142 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. However, it’s augmented by an 88-kW electric motor. The total power, transmitted to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission, is therefore a very respectable 188 horsepower.
The Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid’s estimated fuel consumption is 5.6 L/100km. The estimated combined economy is an impressive 2.3 L/100km. This average puts Ford’s mid-size sedan near the top of its class.
To power the electric motor, a 9 kWh battery is housed in the vehicle. It takes 7 hours on a standard household outlet to recharge but only 2.5 hours on a Tier 2 outlet.
Once fully charged, the Ford Fusion Hybrid PHEV enjoys an additional or extended range of 42 kilometres. Two specific modes help improve the car’s environmental performance. For example, when the EcoSelect mode is activated, it allows the vehicle to operate more efficiently with a less aggressive use of the onboard HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. It will also manage throttle acceleration, making them smoother, and will also maximize energy recovery (regenerative) during braking.
A system called EcoCruise completes the package. Designed to save fuel, EcoCruise gradually accelerates the vehicle to a pre-set speed.
Physically, the Ford Fusion boasts an athletic and refined physique. Its sleek lines and distinctive grille complement the wheels that are specially designed for hybrid versions to minimize drag through reduced airflow.
The interior is impeccably finished, and offers front and rear passengers some of the most impressive space in its category. The quality of the materials in the cabin are welcoming, functional and comfortable, and presents a range of sophisticated yet practical materials.
The dashboard features ergonomic and easy-to-read comfort and entertainment elements. The central display, housing the Sync 3 system, also serves as a reference for the comfort controls as well as for the visual dashboard displays specific to the hybrid versions. An added bonus is the Smart Gauge which allows the driver to see at a glance whether their driving is environmentally friendly by displaying graphic leaves: the more leaves, the better!
When it comes to safety, the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid stands out. Equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot 360, it comes with a long list of passive and active safety accessories, providing the driver with (optional) additional assistance. From Blind Spot Warning to Lane Guidance, Pre-Crash Assist and other features, the Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid is a sedan that combines comfort and safety – without compromise.
Test drive the 2020 Ford Fusion Plug-In Hybrid at your local Ford Dealer: you’ll enjoy its ride, comfort, and power – while you will satisfy your green-oriented conscience by contributing to the general benefit of the environment.