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Ford Fusion

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0800

NAIAS saw the unveiling of Ford's new Fusion sedan. By adopting the global 'One Ford' design language, Ford is hoping the midsized sedan will build on its D-segment sales with just one product, with this car also replacing the European-market Mondeo.

The Fusion is the first production car to adopt the Kinetic 2.0 design language debuted by the EVOS concept at Frankfurt in 2011. Its DRG is the most recognizable aspect, with slimline headlights and a high-set grille that rather shamelessly apes Aston Martin's. The result is a far more mature, premium feeling than the previous Fusion that mixes in elements of the current Mondeo. The highly detailed grille, LED lamp clusters, integrated chrome exhaust tips and tight, defined surfacing add to the effect.

Inside, the car adopts the latest version of Ford's SYNC HMI, with the large touch screen-operated infotainment system taking center stage on the IP. Material usage and application has been of primary concern due to the semi-premium market positioning, with soft-touch plastics and softly padded sections around knee level on the high central tunnel. Slim, heavily sculpted seats are used to convey the sporting image of the sedan whilst also freeing more interior space.