The new Ford Fusion is definitely one of the brightest stars at the 2012 NAIAS, and we have thoroughly covered the various steps that led to its official unveiling with our previous posts: we had seen its early incarnation in the Evos Concept at the last Frankfurt Motor Show, we published the spy shots, then the first leaked images on the internet and, today, the official photo gallery as well as the Press Release. Now we have a photo report of its actual unveiling, which has taken place today in Detroit, and a video shot there by our friends from Autoblog.it.
The new Ford Fusion represents yet another step forward in the implementation of the “One Ford” policy, the global strategy that the Blue Oval is putting into effect and that led to the release of identical Fiesta and Focus models on both sides of the Atlantic. Thereby, the new Fusion and its European counterpart, the Mondeo, are no longer going to bear just a very good likeness, they are going to be identical twins. This is the reason why the new Fusion is so interesting for the motorists living on this side of the pond: the new Mondeo should be introduced to the world within a couple of months, but we already know that it is going to be the same car, with just a different moniker.
However, one thing that might end up being different between the two models is the engine range. At the moment there are no news in regard to the European line up, but we know that the Fusion will initially take on the North American market with three engine options: a 2.5-litre 4-cylinder unit delivering 170 hp, a 1.6-litre EcoBoost unit delivering 179 hp and a 2.0 EcoBoost producing 237 hp, with the all-wheel drive configuration available only for the 2.0 engine. These are good cues for sure.
View the full Ford Fusion/Mondeo official unveiling at the 2012 NAIAS photo gallery