Looking to take back the fuel economy crown from the Nissan Altima, Ford will launch a 3-cylinder version of its Fusion mid-size sedan this year.
AutoGuide forum community FordInsideNews, has obtained an internal Ford document detailing plans to launch a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine in its mid-size sedan.
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Currently Ford offers a turbocharged 1.0-liter 3-cylinder Ecoboost engine in the Fiesta making a surprisingly solid 123 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. This engine, however, will be 50 percent larger, totaling 1.5-liters. Mated to a turbocharger it should deliver closer to 150 hp or more.
Ford’s most fuel efficient Fusion on offer at the moment is an EcoBoost 1.6-liter 4-cylinder making 178 hp and achieving 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. This new 3-cylinder will likely push the Fusion past the Altima’s segment-best 38 mpg highway rating.
Ford will continue to offer the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine, though it will be available exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission and will no longer offer start-stop technology. The 1.5-liter 3-cylinder EcoBoost will then get start-stop and be available only with a 6-speed automatic.
In addition to this fifth engine choice for the Fusion, Ford will offer a new base “S” model for the Fusion Hybrid, decontenting the car and offering it for a lower starting price.
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