There hasn’t been any dramatic change in the 2018 Ford Fusion model. It has remained pretty much the same with a highly comfortable interior, user-friendly tech and stupendous driving dynamics. Moreover, it has also got abundantly available safety equipment. It has the Sync 3’s excellent controls in order to satisfy the appetite of the tech crowd. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation and the automated parking system are sure to catch the eye of the safety-conscious mass.
Although not entirely without flaws, however, the lion’s share of them is concerned with the car’s base version and can easily be taken care of with just a few upgrades. It is true that though apparently from the outside the Fusion looks more or less exactly similar to its previous versions, however; the mid-sized five-passenger Sedan is being constantly updated to keep up with the ever-evolving competition in the world of mid-sized sedans. The five trim levels in which the 2018 Ford Fusion is available are S, SE, Titanium, Platinum and V6 Sport.
2018 Ford Fusion – Sporty Styling
The design of the 2018 Ford Fusion is marked with grille layout and slim headlights. In the Titanium and Sport trims which were just launched the last year, there are present new grille inserts as well as wheel designs. V6 Sport trim is further endowed with a rear spoiler and quad exhaust tips.
The dashboard and materials are sure to give any competitor of its class a good run for its money. In order to accommodate a rotary knob for gear selector that would aid in freeing up spaces for storage for various odds and ends, the center console was revised a year back. Owing to the sloping roofline the passengers sitting up front have ample space with good head and leg room. The space for rear passengers is significantly less.
Features and Tech
The S, SE and Sport trims have Ford’s fundamental infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display. On the other hand, the Titanium and Platinum trims come with an upgraded Sync 3 system along with an 8-inch touchscreen and 2 configurable LCD displays in the gauge cluster.
The Sync 3 interface is easy to use and is also a massive improvement from the MyFord Touch system. The Sync 3 interface possesses virtual buttons having a fantastic display with both Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Some of the common characteristics that are there in all the Fusion are traction and stability control. Also, a full complement of airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), emergency crash notification and last but not the least Ford’s My Key that allows parents to set certain parameters for their teenage driver like maximum volume, restrictions on speed and the likes.
Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, lane-keep assist, active park assist and rear-cross traffic alert are again some of the optional equipment that is available with the 2018 Ford Fusion.
2018 Ford Fusion – Powertrain Options
The new Ford Fusion presents a plethora of powertrains options to fulfill a number of requirements. Both the base S and SE are endowed with a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and 175 hp. For the SE trim, a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 185 lb-ft and 181 hp. The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 275 lb-ft and 245 hp are available as well.
This is also the standard powertrain for Platinum and the Titanium trims too. However, the 2018 Ford Fusion Sport is certainly the chart-topper with its turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 offering 325 hp. The engines are paired and characterized by a 6-speed automatic transmission feature.
The Hybrid variant uses a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor. It will producing a sum total output of 188hp. The Hybrid variant is the go-to choice for those who are looking for a sharp look of the Fusion but in a more environment-friendly package.
Price and Availability of the 2018 Ford Fusion
The 2018 Ford Fusion is available at an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of around $23,000. To sum up, the 2018 Ford Fusion certainly has all that it takes to rule the road. Its release date is set for a couple of months.