The 2019 Fusion & Co-Pilot 360
The 2019 Fusion
Ford has finally released details surrounding the 2019 Fusion sedan. The latest generation of Fusion debuted in 2012, but it has seen some significant upgrades over the past seven years. Now, it is taking another big step forward with a number of big improvements. The first thing you’ll notice is the new styling. The front fascia is sleeker and more refined. It blends seamlessly into the rest of the design. But good looks are just the beginning for the new 2019 Fusion.
You may not know it, but Ford offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Fusion sedan. And now, it offers better performance. Ford engineers have added a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery. Thanks to the new battery, the Fusion Energi will receive a 20% increase in electric-only driving range. That bumps it up to more than 40 kilometres. That means most Canadians will be able to easily manage their daily commute with dipping into their fuel reserve.
Of course, most drivers won’t be picking up the Energi version of the new Fusion. But those sticking to conventional powertrains will enjoy some upgrades of their own. Now, the 1.5L EcoBoost engine is standard on SE models and up, replacing the 2.5L Duratec. The SE also receives a standard 8” touchscreen, SYNC Connect, WiFi hotspot, and dual-zone climate control. Titanium models, meanwhile, get standard Adaptive Cruise Control, heated steering wheel, 19” wheels, and more.
The Fusion will also debut Ford’s aggressive new technology package. No, it doesn’t feature deployable oil slicks or an obstreperous horn. It’s aggressive because it combines a number of amazing features and it’s 100% standard. What exactly do you get? Well, the list is rather long, but it’s headlined by Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. As its name clearly suggests, the system detects impending forward collisions and brakes automatically – and can even identify pedestrians. But that is not nearly all it has to offer.
The rest of the Co-Pilot 360 standard equipment is as follows:
- Rear View Camera
- Blind Spot Information System
- Cross Traffic Alert
- Lane Keeping System
- Automatic High Beams
- Rain-Sensing Wipers
Optional Co-Pilot features are as follows:
- Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Stop-and-Go
- Voice-Activated Navigation
- SIRIUSXM Traffic and Travel Link
What’s the best part of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360? It’s standard equipment. From the base model Fusion to the Sport and Titanium, everyone gets the benefit of Co-Pilot 360. That puts Ford ahead of the already impressive standard equipment offered by Toyota and Honda. You’ll be able to test it out for yourself when the 2019 Fusion becomes available at the end of the summer. After that, it will begin rolling out as standard equipment on the rest of the Ford lineup.