Ford added the Fusion Sport last year, while the regular mid-size sedan variant stayed unchanged for now. However, since the family car competes with some pretty popular machines such as the Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and Toyota Camry, it needs to be improved all the time. That’s the main reason why the car manufacturer plans to refresh the upcoming 2018 Ford Fusion. Still, you won’t see any revolutionary change. No, the popular sedan will rather get a mild facelift and maybe a few additional horses under the hood.
2018 Ford Fusion: Engine Options and Transmissions
Today’s Fusion offers plenty of engine options and we expect to see each of them when arrives the 2018 model. The base version will keep the current 2.5-liter Duratec I-4 unchanged. This unit will be canceled with the arrival of the new generation Fusion, so the carmaker has no intention to improve anything at all.
On the other hand, both optional engines the 1.4-liter turbo and 2.0-liter turbo should deliver more power under the hood of the 2018 Ford Fusion. Of course, the carmaker will keep hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains with the unchanged 2.0-liter Atkinson-Cycle I-4. Plus, there is a topping Fusion Sport with the impressive 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, which is capable of delivering 325 horsepower. All options are currently mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. However, the 2018 Fusion could be boosted with a new nine-speed gearbox. In case you want all-wheel drive, you will have to choose either Titanium or the V6 Sport trims because all other come with a standard front-wheel drive.
Exterior and Interior Changes
According to information we have, the 2018 Ford Fusion will also bring a few exterior changes. The sedan will probably feature refreshed ends and a few additional color options, while everything else should stay unchanged. However, the interior will definitely sport more changes. The manufacturer will reportedly get more standard equipment and upgraded infotainment. Yes, the car finally will become smarter for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The dash might get a few chrome touches, while the seats may feature new covers. Of course, Ford will boost Fusion’s safety suit. There will be some really amazing options such as pre-collision pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control, as well as a rearview mirror camera and blind-spot warning. Plus, there will be an automatic guidance into both parallel and perpendicular parking slots, which is a really useful option.
Price and Arrival
The updated 2018 Ford Fusion will be introduced later this year, most likely at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show. Judging by the latest rumors, the price will stay unchanged, so you will be still able to get a good family sedan for $23,500.