In a bit of a surprise, Ford has revealed an updated 2019 Ford Fusion with a tweaked front and rear fascia along with Ford's Co-Pilot360 tech standard.
The SE will now come standard with the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, the 8-inch Sync3 touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control and in-car WiFi – all were previously optional. The naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder will now be exclusive to the base S trim level.
The SEL replaces the old SE Luxury package, while the Titanium trim level gets even more standard luxury items, including adaptive cruise control. The 325-horsepower V6 Sport returns and becomes the range-topping model as the $38,000, luxury-lined Platinum trim has been discontinued.
The Fusion Energi adds 20% more range for 25 All-Electric miles.
And as promised, possible Fusion confgurations have dropped from 2,000 to 36.
It's possible Lincoln will reveal a refreshed MKZ of some kind in NY, or at least the standard safety suite will be discretely added.
No word on the 8-Speed transmission replacing the 6-speed in the EcoBoost engines, but we might hear more about that at the final reveal in NY. I suspect that might be put off another year as they ramp up production for those transmissions.