AWARD-WINNING FORD FUSION OFFERS MORE CHOICE, MORE STANDARD FEATURES FOR 2008
Ford Fusion stands apart in the highly competitive mid-size car segment with a bold, distinctive design and segment-leading quality, safety and affordability. With first-in-class available all-wheel drive (AWD) and a powerful 3.0-liter V-6 engine, it is no wonder that more consumers are choosing the Ford Fusion.
For 2008, Fusion adds a standard anti-lock brake system (ABS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), underscoring Ford’s commitment to delivering more standard safety features across its entire product lineup. Fusion also offers total connectivity with Ford Sync™ (late availability). This Ford-exclusive, hands-free technology enables the integration of cell phones and portable media players into the vehicle’s audio system via Bluetooth technology and USB connectivity.
Other features newly available for 2008 include Reverse Sensing System, keyless entry keypad and ambient lighting (late availability).
Fusion is a car built for comfort and convenience. Available all-wheel drive (AWD) provides responsive handling for enhanced driver confidence while standard Variable Cam Timing aids in performance. Stylish, premium interior materials create a relaxed ride, and newly available ambient lighting lends flair to the interior.
Fusion completes the Ford family of cars, settling between the award-winning Focus and Taurus, both all-new for 2008. Fusion is available in S, SE and SEL trims. All Fusions are built in Ford’s Hermosillo Stamping and Assembly Plant in Mexico.
Fusion Dials Up the Style for 2008
Fusion brings style to the often bland mid-size car segment. With its signature chrome three-bar grille, Fusion makes a strong, all-American statement.
Fusion’s interior is inviting and comfortable with high-quality appeal. Convenience features like grocery hooks in the trunk and the fold-down passenger front seat on SE and SEL are small touches with big impact. New ambient lighting (late availability) makes the Fusion even more distinctive.
Fusion’s signature exterior design includes:
Highlights of Fusion’s interior include:
Fully independent front- and rear-suspension systems give Fusion smooth, confident handling in both front- and all-wheel drive. With the introduction of the 2008 model, ABS becomes standard, providing even more peace of mind for drivers.
The soul of any car is its engine, and Fusion offers a choice of Ford’s 2.3-liter, Duratec 23 inline 4-cylinder or 3.0-liter, Duratec 30 V-6 engine. Both feature aluminum construction, dual-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, intake variable-cam timing and electronic throttle control to deliver smooth, spirited performance along with good fuel economy and emissions ratings.
The 4-cylinder engine delivers 160-horsepower and can be paired with a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic transmission. When mated to the automatic transmission, the Duratec 23 is rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) in states adopting California emission standards.
For even more power, there’s the 221-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, paired with an advanced 6-speed-automatic transmission. Fusion was the first car in its class to offer such a sophisticated automatic.
Safety and Security
Fusion received the highest ratings in both front and side impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2007. It also was named as one of the 2006 Best Sedans for Families by AAA and Parents magazine, based on family road tests and top crash test ratings.
For 2008, Fusion features more standard safety features, with standard ABS and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) on all models.
Standard safety features include:
Major Features and Options
Fusion S includes: 160-hp Duratec 23 I-4 engine with 5-speed-manual transmission; Bright chrome three-bar grille; Quad halogen headlamps; Integrated key fob transmitter; Black power exterior mirrors; 16-inch steel wheels with premium wheel covers and P205/60R 16 tires; Speed-sensitive windshield wipers; Air conditioning; Rear-seat armrest with dual cup holders; Four-speaker AM/FM audio system with MP3-capable, single-disc CD player; Auxiliary audio input jack; Two-tier center console; Dash-top storage compartment; Solar-tinted glass; Front and rear grab handles; Dual 12-volt power points; Four-way manual driver seat; Rear 60/40-split, spring-assisted, fold-down bench seat; Leather-wrapped shift knob; Variable-assist power steering; Tilt and telescopic steering wheel with speed controls; Dual visor vanity mirrors; Power locks; Power windows with one-touch-down driver’s side window; Belt-Minder®; Rear-door child safety locks; Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system; Emergency trunk release; enhanced side-intrusion protection system; Illuminated entry; ABS; Occupant Classification System; SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system; Personal Safety System®; Front-seat side air bags and side-impact air curtains; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Fusion SE adds: 16-inch aluminum wheels; Fog lamps; Body-color, power-operated exterior side mirrors; SE badge; Six-speaker premium AM/FM audio system with in-dash, six-disc, MP3-capable CD player; Six-way power driver seat with manual lumbar adjustment; Fold-down front-passenger seat; Unique center stack appliqué; Front seat-back map pockets; Message center with trip computer; Steering wheel with redundant speed and audio controls; Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors; Dual exhaust tips (V-6 models); and brake actuated traction control (on V-6 AWD).
Fusion SEL adds: Automatic headlights; Bright belt line molding; Heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps; Keyless entry pad; SEL badge; 17-inch aluminum wheels with P225/50R 17 performance-rated tires; Electronic automatic climate control; Upgraded cloth interior; Analog clock; Compass; Electrochromic rearview mirror; Unique appliqués for instrument panel and center stack; Leather-wrapped steering wheel with redundant speed and audio controls.
Options include: All-wheel drive; 5-speed automatic transmission for Duratec 23 I-4 models; Audiophile eight-speaker sound system; SIRIUS® Satellite Radio; Traction control (FWD); Rear spoiler; Reverse Sensing System; Leather seating surfaces; Heated seats; Voice-activated DVD-based navigation system; and the following items available shortly after the 2008 model year launches: ambient lighting and Ford Sync.
Sport Appearance Package (available on Black, Silver Birch or Red Fire exterior colors and Charcoal Black interior) features: Unique red seat inserts (cloth or available leather); Black-chrome grille with color-keyed fog lamp bezels; 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels with painted pockets; Sport-tuned suspension; Unique decklid “lip” spoiler; Red cloth accents on seats, door trim; Red stitching on seats, steering wheel and center console; Unique brushed-aluminum radio surround: Dual chrome exhaust tip (on V-6 SE).
Moon and Tune Package for SE or SEL features: Power moonroof and Audiophile sound system with six-disc changer and eight speakers.
|2005||Fusion goes on sale as a 2006 model|
|2006||Named “Best Car for Families” by AAA and Parents Magazine|
|Strategic Vision named Fusion the highest quality vehicle in mid-size sedan segment|
|2007||Received highest rating in both front and side impact from IIHS|
|Smart Money magazine rated Fusion best value in the mid-size sedan segment|