The Ford Fusion competes in a highly contested segment, offering stylish looks, comfortable interior and a versatile engine range. The current iteration of this popular mid-size sedan received a number of updates for 2017. So, the ongoing model benefits from a number of cosmetic changes, infotainment upgrades as well as a new engine option. However, rumor has it that Ford plans on improving the 2018 Ford Fusion for the 2018 model year as well. Although not radical, the changes will include additions to the color palette, new wheel designs and upgrades to the safety equipment. We expect the 2018 Fusion to go on sale in the second half of 2017.
Design and Features
In terms of styling, the Fusion still looks fresh despite its age. Its sleek profile and elegant front fascia make it one of the most appealing models in its class. On the outside, the Fusion benefits from recent tweaks that include a slightly wider grille and new LED headlights. The rear side now features a chrome strip and revamped taillights that give it a touch of refinement. In any case, the 2018 Ford Fusion will be among the most elegant-looking mid-size sedans currently on offer.
Now, the interior has recently received a more substantial set of upgrades. The center console underwent a major overhaul that brought a cell phone storage pocket and a media hub. The refreshed Fusion also benefits from a larger console bin and a longer center armrest. The cabin’s overall look now feels more premium and sophisticated than ever before. The base Fusion S currently offers automatic headlights, LED taillights, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a rearview camera, etc. As for the upcoming 2018 Ford Fusion, expect it to offer as standard some of the previously optional features. Those include keyless ignition and entry, remote ignition, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and others.
The base S and SE trims will come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 175 hp and 175 lb-ft of torque. Also available with the SE is a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, delivering 181 hp and 185 lb-ft. Next in line is a 2.0-liter four-banger with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of twist. The latest addition to the range comes as a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that churns out 325 hp and 380 lb-ft. As for the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid, expect it to team electric motors with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The gas-electric model boasts improved efficiency after the 2017 update.
2018 Ford Fusion Price and Competition
The 2018 Ford Fusion is expected to start at around $23,000, with the range-topping Platinum trim beginning at $37,500. Its key rivals include some famous nameplates such as the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Chevrolet Malibu.