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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.

https://www.autoblog.com/2018/03/20/2019-ford-fusion-updates/

 

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has anyone had the time/energi/patience to figure out if Lincolns have all the features already??

"...Details about the 2019 Ford Fusion were released today ahead of its official release next week at the New York Auto Show. The styling has been refreshed ever-so-slightly, but the big news comes on the equipment front.

Ford's Co-Pilot360 Protect suite of accident avoidance tech will now be standard on every trim level, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot and rear-cross-traffic warning systems, automatic highbeams and automatic wipers..."
 

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"Fusion Energi’s electric range projected to gain nearly 20 percent

The new Fusion Energi is projected to offer an EPA-estimated electric-only range of 25 miles, which is nearly 20 percent greater than that of the current model. Ford engineers designed a new 9.0-kilowatt-hour air-cooled lithium-ion battery offering greater energy capacity with no change to the physical size of the battery pack."

At .36 mile per kWh, the this new battery pack matches the efficiency of the larger battery pack (9.7 kWh) of the Hyundai Sonata PHEV that offers 27 miles of electric range. Current Fusion Energi battery is 7.6 kWh at the same .36 mile per kWh offering 21 miles.

I think it's great they were able to engineer more power/range out of a battery pack not taking any more trunk apace than the current model before next gen. Checked Ford China where they 'should' be getting the same battery pack in the Mondeo and it 'should' get a 31 mile range (along with making more of the pack available) based on the system in China to be eligible for the new higher government rebates. Mondeo Energi is not on the Ford China website yet that I can see.

It also looks like we will lose the Fusion Energi SE and just have the Titanium model, which should drop in price again.
 

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so we should expect a 2019 MKZ with some minor changes?
Also, if the fusion has the new co-pilot tech standard, all the Lincoln models will have it? or Ford is going to do what they always do and use the new tech on their cars before any Lincoln?
 

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so we should expect a 2019 MKZ with some minor changes?
Also, if the fusion has the new co-pilot tech standard, all the Lincoln models will have it? or Ford is going to do what they always do and use the new tech on their cars before any Lincoln?
That tens to be how Ford does it. But here is a challenge....try to find the 2019 Lincoln MKC on the website. One would think it would be right next to the 2019 Nautilus...but it's not. Doing a google search brings up the page, but I don't find a link on the Lincoln website to get to it. Makes me wonder if plans have changed for MKC already....
 

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That tens to be how Ford does it. But here is a challenge....try to find the 2019 Lincoln MKC on the website. One would think it would be right next to the 2019 Nautilus...but it's not. Doing a google search brings up the page, but I don't find a link on the Lincoln website to get to it. Makes me wonder if plans have changed for MKC already....
Last time I looked it was a sub page under the 2018 MKC but seems to be gone from there too...so odd!
 

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I'm not a big fan of the design changes since they seem to muck up a previous redesign that was pretty smart to begin with, those front corners seem to intentionally clash with the design to box out the fascia. The rear looks even more clumsy, especially the weird lower fascia trim that hides the exhaust. I prefer the chrome strip across the back than what they are doing here.

It's funny because in many ways the design changes remind me of the preliminary 2010 Fusion redesign that sported tall triangle-like inserts at the corners of the front bumper which were significantly scaled back in final production when Ford started forcing the trapezoidal details in their corporate fascias.




 

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I'm not a big fan of the design changes since they seem to muck up a previous redesign that was pretty smart to begin with, those front corners seem to intentionally clash with the design to box out the fascia. The rear looks even more clumsy, especially the weird lower fascia trim that hides the exhaust. I prefer the chrome strip across the back than what they are doing here.

It's funny because in many ways the design changes remind me of the preliminary 2010 Fusion redesign that sported tall triangle-like inserts at the corners of the front bumper which were significantly scaled back in final production when Ford started forcing the trapezoidal details in their corporate fascias.




The pre-facelift 2010 North American Fiesta had that look too.
 

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That tens to be how Ford does it. But here is a challenge....try to find the 2019 Lincoln MKC on the website. One would think it would be right next to the 2019 Nautilus...but it's not. Doing a google search brings up the page, but I don't find a link on the Lincoln website to get to it. Makes me wonder if plans have changed for MKC already....
Last time I looked it was a sub page under the 2018 MKC but seems to be gone from there too...so odd!
Huh, that is odd. It does look as if plans have changed for the updated 2019 MKC. Perhaps that was canceled and the redesign of Escape is coming sooner than originally planned which means the all-new MKC/new name would be out either same model year or the next. If that's the case, then the 2019 MKC in its current style would either be short-run or the 2018 MKC will be long-run production with the all-new 2020 Escape/MKC to start production early 2019. I am just throwing out a possible scenario here which I'm sure I'm wrong. If that's the case, the Escape would have been pre-announced to be revealed by now unless they plan on revealing it next season's auto shows.

As for the Fusion, I'm actually surprised here. There have been rumors of cancelation for awhile now due to the suppliers being informed that it wasn't being made at Hermosillo soon. I'm guessing the 2019 update confirms that Ford does have some kind of plans for it since it's also made at Flat Rock in Michigan. Seeing how the engines are carryover with no addition of the 8-speed auto transmission, it's possible the update is a short-term basis. I'm wondering if they're set to announce plans for the cars which would be 14% of the lineup by 2020 (Hackett said Ford would have 86% crossovers, SUVs, and trucks by 2020). So far, it's Focus and Mustang so Fusion is a given to stay, it seems. Fiesta, Taurus, and Flex are gone after their cycles expire. Still waiting for confirmation regarding the Continental since there are rumors if it ending after the cycle expires.
 

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Looks to me that the budget boys forced the designers to add cheaper looking bits of **** on the front and back.
What a disgusting mess this company is turning into. Cheap ass backwards mess.
 

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I love this car. The refreshing is nice . I hope I could buy one of this beauties before Ford kill it
 

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I prefer the 2019 to the 2018 design. It tones down the "probe"ish look it got with the widened grill. I am glad they got rid of the chrome strip in the back that looked like they just pasted it onto the previous design.
I still prefer my 2013 as it looks best with the rest of the vehicle, but the update makes it a close call.
 

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The only downside to Fusion right now is that the interior has barely been touched since 2013 and it's definitely noticeable next to the richer and more modern interiors in this segment. Hopefully Fusion gets a healthy price cut or at least better feature value.
 

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So I think the Co-Pilot 360 features are all already available but as options now Ford has made them standard which is nice. I hope to god they all become standard on Lincoln as well.
 

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