2013 Ford Fusion sedan will be available with optional start-stop technology

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Well, folks! The new 2013 Ford Fusion sedan is here, and it is set to go on sale this fall in the North American market. Today, Ford has officially announced the technical specs for this vehicle. In addition, the company also announced of the start-stop technology option as well.

The new 2013 Ford Fusion sedan will be available in three powertrains. Starting with the base model, it comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine producing about 172 horsepower and 179 pound-feet of torque, which is a lot of power from this little rumbler. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission. As far as we know, the start-stop technology option will be available only in the 1.6-liter engine for an extra $295, and we are not sure it will be available on a manual transmission.

As for fuel economy of the 1.6-liter engine on the 2013 Ford Fusion with the start-stop technology, it gets an estimated 37 miles per gallon on the highway. And according to Ford:

“We expect the average Fusion driver with the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine and Auto Start-Stop will save about $1,100 more than other midsize sedan owners during five years of driving,” said Samantha Hoyt, Fusion marketing manager. “That’s cash in their pocket and time saved with fewer trips to the pump.”

Here is a breakdown of the powertrains available on the 2013 Ford Fusion this fall:

– 2013 Fusion 1.6-liter EcoBoost: Projected 37 mpg highway
– 2013 Fusion Hybrid: Projected 47 mpg highway
– 2013 Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid: Projected 100 MPGe-plus rating

The 2013 Ford Fusion will be the first mid-size family sedan in North America to be offered with start-stop technology, and since not all Americans are fond with the idea of having their engines turn off at stop lights, Ford is offering as an option to test out the water. [4/2/2012]

Update: 9/28/2012

Ford Fusion called itself as the Ford Mondelo in Europe in form of a station wagon as well. The station wagon was debuted at the 2012 Paris Motor Show today. Will it be in the U.S. later on? That depends on its success in Europe first. Check out the video below, and we also added a few more images of the station wagon model in the above.

Ford Fusion Reviewed by Consumer Reports – 1/24/2013

After a few recalls and falsely claimed fuel economy numbers, the new 2013 Ford Fusion gets reviewed by Consumer Reports. CR claims the all-new 2013 Ford Fusion is attractive and fun to drive, but has many design flaws. The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid posted the best fuel economy for a midsize sedan, but it was 39 miles per gallon combined instead of Ford’s claim at 47 mpg rating for city, highway and combined. Check out the video.