The Ford Fusion is gaining a new 1.5-liter engine for the 2014 model year, and the brand has just released preliminary specifications on the new motor.
The powerplant uses direct injection and turbocharging to achieve an output of 178 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine currently in use, horsepower stays the same while the new 1.5-liter makes seven fewer lb-ft of torque. Fusions equipped with automatic transmissions will be fitted with the new 1.5-liter, while manual transmission equipped Fusions will continue to use the 1.6-liter engine.
There are no official EPA fuel economy figures for the 1.5-liter yet, but Ford claims that efficiency will increase compared to the 1.6, which is rated at 25 mpg city, 37 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.
Improved throttle response is also said to be a benefit of this new engine, along with a water pump that can decouple when cooling isnt’ needed to help the engine warm up faster.