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Car Reviews / 02-18-19

2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Platinum

Going out with grace Part II


By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Isabel N. Delos Reyes

 

Given that we tested both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Energi models back to back within a two-week period, I will only point out the minor nuances that differentiate them. Ultimately, I feel bad that Ford decided to stop producing sedans, supposedly after 2020, to focus on crossovers, SUV’s, and trucks. I do get it that Ford will capitalize on their clear strengths; it is a business after all. Heck, I am looking so forward to the all-new Ranger-based Bronco that is coming out soon along with all the updated models like the Explorer and Edge which we will certainly be reviewing as soon as they are available to us! The Mustang model-range will supposedly be the only low-flying vehicles left in their arsenal after that culling.

I strongly believe that there is still an argument to be made for retaining the Fusion at least because it is such a good product especially as a Hybrid. But then again, I understand completely that for the economies of scale to work, Ford would need equally strong parallel products to keep that production line going profitably.

Our Burgundy Velvet Fusion Hybrid Platinum test unit came with the very tasteful quilted medium soft ceramic interior trim, prior to the mild update found in the new Titanium model of the Ford Fusion. The new Ford Fusion Titanium models come with a full chrome grille, newly designed LED front fog lamps, slightly more sculpted bumpers on both ends, and a mildly redesigned rear light cluster with less chrome trim. The Fusion Hybrid drove dynamically just as good as last year’s model, however this time it felt more luxurious and more refined thanks mostly to the generous extra padded trim combined with the wood trim. The test unit ran on 235/45R18 94V Michelin Energy™ Saver A/S tires on tasteful 18-inch machined alloys. The sound system was still the strong 12-speaker 390-watt SYNC3 Sony™ unit paired with the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen but it did not have the new Dolby® DSP DAEP 5.1 Surround Sound. The last missing new feature is Ford’s Co-Pilot360™ suite of technologies that adds automated emergency braking and active adaptive suspension to the standard blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping assist, and automatic LED high-beam headlamps.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid weighs 318 pounds less than the Plug-In Energi model. Without the extra battery capacity, it loses a bit of transient power on top and the extra 50 kilometers of more pure-EV range. The trunk is larger than the Energi model by 108 liters but still smaller than the standard non-hybrid models. The Fusion drives very smoothly and is a very easy car to enjoy on the daily commute. It won’t win any races and it won’t ever thrill you but it would get you to your next destination with polish and drama-free.

Specifications

Engine

Engine Inline-4
Displacement 1999 cc
Cylinder Head Atkinson-cycle dohc 16V
Fuel Injector 1.4-kWh lithium-ion battery, AC Permanent-Magnet Synchronous 88kW Drive Motor
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 141 bhp @ 6000 rpm (Gasoline), 118 hp (Electric) = 188 hp
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 129 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm (Gasoline), 177 lb-ft (Electric)
Transmission eCVT

Performance

Top Speed 176 km/h (110 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 8.2 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 43 mpg City / 41 mpg Highway (109 City / 97 Highway = 103 MPGe overall)

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 38,770.00
What's Great Purposeful, lovely interior, excellent fuel efficiency, effortlessly enjoyable, 3.8 gallons more trunk capacity than Energi, 318 pounds lighter than the Energi.
What's Not So Only that it is not sold in the Philippines, could have been quicker and more dynamic, supposedly going to be laid to rest for good by 2020.
C! Editors Rating 10/10