The new 2019 Ford Fusion is coming, and we have the lowdown on all the new features.
Ford released details of the new Fusion ahead of its debut at the New York International Auto Show, and the biggest deal with the new model is software. Ford debuts its Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assist technology on the 2019 Fusion, which promises to make certain safety technologies a standard feature on all future Ford models.
There’s actually two versions of Ford’s Co-Pilot360: Protect and Assist. Co-Pilot360 Protect is standard on all trim levels of the new Fusion and includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot information system, lane keeping system, rear backup camera, and auto high-beam lighting.
The optional Co-Pilot360 Assist software includes adaptive cruise control, voice-activated navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. Switch the blind spot warning with the adaptive cruise control and you’d have the same software available on the Camry or Accord. Japan must consider checking your blind spot to be more important than keeping speed on the highway.
Also coming standard on the SE trim level and higher is a 4G LTE modem which will provide wifi for up to 10 devices. This allows access to Ford+Alexa, and now is compatible with the Waze traffic app.
Ford is also greatly simplifying the trim levels of the Fusion, eliminating the highest Platinum luxury level and reducing the number of possible combination from 2000 on the 2018 model to 36 in 2019. Apparently the Fusion was getting to pickup truck levels of trim bloat.
To start, the Fusion S comes with the aforementioned Co-Pilot360 Protect, a naturally aspirated 2.5-L engine, and not much else. The SE comes with a 1.5-L turbocharged EcoBoost engine, while the SE Hybrid comes with an Energi 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder plug-in hybrid engine and a 9-kWh lithium-ion battery.
Ford says the new battery allows drivers to go 25 miles on battery power alone, and that 80% of drivers could drive solely on electric power if they can charge at work.
The SEL, Titanium, and Energy Titanium trims just add varying degrees of luxury items, like leather, heated steering wheels, and a moonroof, while the V6 Sport comes with 325 hp.
The 2019 Fusion hits dealers this summer.