Ford is fighting back against poorly maintained roads.
The new Fusion V6 Sport model will be the first Ford fitted with a pothole assist system that is said to protect the vehicle from damage. Using 12 high-resolution sensors, the Fusion is constantly scanning the road ahead and can adjust the car’s dampers in milliseconds to adapt to varying conditions.
If the edge of a pothole is detected, the system will switch the dampers to the stiffest setting so that the wheel doesn’t fall as far into the pothole according to Ford. This will help to prevent damage on impact.
“We tested and tuned this system by driving over countless potholes – subjecting Fusion V6 Sport to the brutal, square-edged potholes of our Romeo Proving Grounds to finesse the software,” said Michener. “It was long hours of not very pleasant work, but the results are well worth it.”
The Fusion V6 Sport’s damper stiffness can also be changed manually from normal mode to sport mode to help cornering. Power for the car comes from a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 making 325 horsepower.
The Ford Fusion V6 Sport will begin arriving at dealers this summer.
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