Ford Fusion (Europe)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Mini MPV (M)|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
1.4L I4 TDCi
1.6L I4 TDCi
|Transmission||4-speed automatic Aisin Warner AW-80
5-speed semi-automatic DuraShift-EST
5-speed manual IB5
|Wheelbase||2,490 mm (98.0 in)|
|Length||4,020 mm (158.3 in)|
|Width||1,710 mm (67.3 in)|
|Height||1,500 mm (59.1 in)|
Ford also used the name “Fusion” before the launch of the European Ford Focus, in communications with contractors working on elements of that model's launch publicity. Ford did not reveal whether the late change to “Focus” had been the result of a genuine change in its plans, or simply a desire to conceal the real name from the press until the company was ready for the launch.
In November 2005, a revised version of the Fusion went on sale. A number of cosmetic changes were introduced: both front and rear lights featured new detailing; and bumpers, side mouldings and door mirrors were also altered. Furthermore, a bright new colour palette was introduced. Inside, the dashboard featured both a new design, and high quality 'soft touch' materials. A new analogue instrument display features in a style similar to the Mk 2 Ford Focus.
Advanced new technology was also made available, including power folding mirrors, automatic and 'home safe' headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, Bluetooth with voice control, Trip computer, MP3 player connectivity and the Electronic Stability Program. In the United Kingdom, the car was available in Style+, Zetec and Titanium trim levels. (1, 2, 3 and '+' were the trim levels for the original Fusion).
Equipment on the entry level 1 included central locking, and dual front airbags. The 2 featured electric heated mirrors, electric front windows, a CD player and air conditioning. The 3 added alloy wheels, front fog lights and an alarm. The + model added larger alloys and privacy glass. This + model was introduced in May 2002.
A no frills Crossover SUV version of the Fusion called the Ford EcoSport is produced in Brazil and sold in many Latin American countries. In December 2002, on Top Gear, it won the Most Pointless Car for being, as Richard Hammond described it, “a Ford Fiesta, in a hat.”
In November 2012, Ford replaced the now decade old Fusion with the B-Max.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ford Fusion (Europe).|
- Official Ford Fusion website for the United Kingdom
- Discussion board of Ford Fusion owners in Russia