Eco-friendly and supporting Ford’s most cutting-edge power-train is the new 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid. Ford is poised once again this year to prove that it can be a front-runner in the hybrid and eco-friendly car market, while not taking a backseat to affordability, power and comfort. A sleek new retelling of the Fusion Hybrid, this year’s 2015 model looks to shake things up with some excellent standard features making it a stand out in the crowd.
Taking a look under the hood at what makes the Ford Fusion Hybrid tick and you will notice the thrifty 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine. Ford decided to stay with the 2.0 Atkinson again this year keeping with one of the best and most fuel-efficient gas-electric systems. Adding to the fuel economy this year comes an Air Conditioner synchronized motor to push the fuel economy to an estimated 47 mpg on both city and highway driving. At the onset of the 2014 model year Ford was boasting the same 47 mpg, however, their estimates ran a bit high. This year Ford is firm in their 47 mpg estimation and due to their improvements in streamlining their models and educating drivers on driving economically.
Changes For 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid
To help drivers get the most from their 2015 Fusions, Ford brought back their “Smart Gauge” clusters. The clusters are going to feature, along with the normal Speedometer, their Efficiency Leaves. This was Ford’s artistic approach in 2014 to helping drivers have an easy representation of how “green” they were driving. This exciting “gauge” became extremely popular, and is making a comeback in their 2015 Fusion model. For anyone not familiar with the “Efficiency Leaves” gauge, the leaves grow or fall off the branches depending on how the drivers are driving. If drivers are accelerating rapidly and braking hard, the leaves will fall off the branches indicating lower fuel economy.
By accelerating gradually and coasting to stops, more leaves will spring to life on the branches indicating that the driver is more efficient and “green”. The 2015 Fusion Hybrid will feature Ford’s Bluetooth-based SYNC feature for hands free calling and voice commands. In addition, models will have wheel mounted controls so you would keep your hands always on wheel and eyes on the road.
Even with all these new features, don’t expect the price tag to increase this year. Ford is still shooting to keep their Fusion Hybrid affordable. Even though not yet officially announced, expect the Hybrid line up to look similar to last year having the Hybrid S, SE and Titanium models. We can expect the 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid to start around the $23,000 mark for the S Model and extend to the low 30,000’s for the Titanium fully-loaded package. Given the standard features on last year’s 2014 model and knowing the improvements Ford is looking to make this year, the 2015 S package should be a great deal compared to other competitors.
2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid Release Date
Initial orders for the 2015 Fusion are on the way from March 17th, 2014. Expect to see the new Fusions rolling off the assembly line on June 6th, 2014. If you are interested in an even more improved driving experience from Ford, be sure to look into the new model and join the eco-revolution.