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Charting Changes: 2009 Ford Fusion

Staff Report

New appearance packages and standard features.

08-27-08: With one more year before a mild re-design, Ford has enhanced the appeal of the 2009 Fusion with more standard equipment and new options to keep it popular. One Ford‘s better selling cars, the Fusion has made an attractive entry for mid-size sedan buyers.

With gas prices being on the top of the list for car buyers, Ford has made more standard features part of the package as well as put together some nice option packages for even the four cylinder models. Getting the smaller engine doesn’t mean you have to buy the base model anymore.

Of the cool new features added as standard equipment inside for SEL models are Ford’s ambient lighting package and Sirius Satellite Radio. The ambient lighting can be set to light the interior with one of seven colors - blue, red, violet, orange, indigo, green and yellow. Pictured on this page is a cool new, optional “Blue Suede Package” that adds even more flair to Fusion's unique personality.

For driving dynamics, a new five-speed automatic transmission is standard on 4-cylinder SEL models and traction control on V-6-equipped Fusions. Optional now is Ford’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability control. AdvanceTrac uses sensors to detect and measure oversteer and understeer by monitoring the vehicle's steering wheel angle versus actual yaw. When the system senses wheel side slip - the difference between the driver's intended and the actual path - engine torque is reduced and braking is applied at individual wheels to help keep the car tracking safely on its intended path.


Blue Suede Package

Optional on front-wheel-drive SE and SEL models, the package consists of:

* Exterior paint colors: Dark Ink Blue, Brilliant Silver, Sport Blue and Tuxedo Black
* Charcoal Black interior trim
* Alcantara® suede seat insert in blue
* Charcoal Black leather-trimmed side bolsters with blue stitching
* Alcantara® blue suede-colored door panel trim insert
* Blue stitching on leather-wrapped steering wheel,center floor console armrest
* Instrument panel, center stack and interior door panel appliqués
* Ambient Lighting added on SE models
* 18-inch painted aluminum wheels
* P225/45R-18 A/S BSW tires

Also for 2009, Fusion also offers a Sport Appearance Package that pairs a Charcoal Grey interior with cloth seats (optional leather) and two new exterior colors - Vapor Silver and White Suede.

All Fusions offer a choice of Ford's 2.3-liter, Duratec inline 4-cylinder or 3.0-liter, Duratec V-6 engine. Both feature aluminum construction, dual-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, intake variable cam timing and electronic throttle control to deliver smooth, spirited performance along with good fuel economy and emissions ratings.

The 4-cylinder engine delivers 160 hp and can be paired with a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission. The latter is standard equipment with I-4 SEL. When mated to the automatic transmission, the Duratec 23 is rated as a Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) in states adopting California emission standards. For added performance, step up to the 221-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6, which is mated to an advanced six-speed-automatic transmission.

Based on the same chassis as the Mazda 6, the Fusion enjoys a fully independent front- and rear-suspension systems give Fusion smooth, confident handling in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Standard ABS provides even more peace of mind for drivers. And you can option the Fusion with all-wheel drive - a feature Fusion introduced to the mid-size sedan segment - contributes to responsive handling for improved driver confidence.


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