2019 Ford Fusion Facelift Brings Updated Styling And New Tech

Ford might have cancelled the planned redesign of the Fusion but that hasn’t stopped the company from announcing plans to unveil an updated model at the New York Auto Show.

Set to go on sale in the United States this summer, the 2019 Fusion features a modestly revised exterior with a new grille and trunk lid. The car has also been equipped with updated fog lights and new LED taillights.

Interior changes are limited but Ford has simplified the model lineup and installed additional equipment. The entry-level Fusion S now comes standard with the Co-Pilot360 Protect suite of driver assistance systems. Standard features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a blind spot warning system, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera and automatic high-beam headlights.

Moving up to the Fusion SE rewards buyers with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine and a dual-zone automatic climate control system. The model also has a SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch display as well as a WiFi hotspot which supports up to ten different devices. Customers can also order a Fusion Hybrid SE which features a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission.

The Fusion SE Luxury Package has been dropped and replaced by the new Fusion SEL and Fusion Hybrid SEL. Both models come equipped with a 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats and “ActiveX” upholstery. Other highlights include LED headlights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and “warm interior accents.”

The Fusion Titanium and Fusion Hybrid Titanium go even further as they have a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and GPS navigation. The models also boast a moonroof, 19-inch wheels, inflatable rear seat belts and an adaptive cruise control system with stop and go functionality.

The plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi is available exclusively in Titanium trim and it has a new 9 kWh lithium-ion battery which enables the model to travel up to 25 miles (40.2 km) on electricity alone. This is an improvement of nearly 20% and Ford estimates 48% of current plug-in hybrid customers could now drive to and from their jobs on electricity alone.

Last but not least, the Fusion V6 Sport returns to the lineup with a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine producing a class-leading 325 hp (242 kW) and 380 lb-ft (514 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system.

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  • pjl35

    Ahh, so they didn’t fix the thing in need of the most updates…the interior. Brilliant as always, Ford. But I’m so glad we got a new trunk lid.

    • Matt

      Just looked at some pics of the current model and the whole area around the fog lights looks worse as well to me, just like in the facelifted mustang.
      Agree 100% on the interior. Both Ford and Chevy are at the bottom of where I’d want to spend my time in a car. Which sucks because they generally offer a fairly fun ride & reliability underneath for the price. Mazda and Kia seem 3 gens ahead of where Ford should and could be that department.

    • Kate E

      Like what Mazda, Audi, and BMW did?

      • pjl35

        huh? what are you talking about?

        • Kate E

          Random chrome in the lights, moron.

          • pjl35

            No Mazda, BMW, or Audi has that without a chrome bar connecting them across the rear end, which is what the pre-facelift Fusion had, but nice try?And you’re so mature with the name calling, thanks for the laugh.

  • Nordschleife

    And so it starts. the sad updates for a model that will not be replaced. I would have preferred some interior updates vs. exterior.

  • LIZ THE SHIZ

    put a fork in it , it’s over bye bye

  • Dennis Scipio

    I’m interested in seeing the interior if there’s any changes. Also, please but the Taurus out of it’s misery, Ford. now there’s a car that either needs replacing or it needs to die.

  • Jay

    These fog lights don’t fit at all. They may have been high on pot en us when figuring this on out.

    • SLOPPY INTEGRATION THERE.

      • Galvanics

        Loving these math jokes:

        Hypotenuse and integration: geometry and calculus…

        This refresh is so derivative. It fits well with Ford’s current matrix though, I guess. At least it’s not hyperbolically ugly like most cars from Lexus.

  • TheBelltower

    The last hoorah before they start importing them from China and selling them in isle twelve at Walmart.

  • rover10

    There is a lot of the all new 2020 Focus in the frontend design, as we will see in a few weeks time. The new front treatment is great however, the brutal execution of the rear lower valance looks stiff and wooden?

    • rodriguez256

      I’ve been wanting them to get rid of the lower body colored rear fascia for awhile now. Body color/Black/body color always looked a little weird to me. However seeing with the weird slab design of the black plastic, I regret it it now. They could’ve executed that design way better. Maybe it’s because there’s no exhaust pipes breaking it up. The front fog light design isn’t very appealing either.

      • rover10

        Yes, the rear valance makes no attempt to visually integrate………strange or what? The new front fog light detailing will become a signature on most new Fords.

  • ODD THE BLACK PLASTIC AROUND THE FOG/TURN SIGNAL. OTHERWISE IT LOOKS GOOD.

  • If you want a different car tomorrow, swap the Ford logo for a Kia one.

  • john1168

    Well, it seems like Ford has already given up on the Fusion. Changing things just for the sake of change. And not changing the things that needed to be changed… Let me guess, it will still have the 6 speed auto and it will still have the crappy instrument cluster with the huge speedometer in the middle with the two little lcd screens on either side?

  • Joe E

    I have a feeling this is going to be the 1999-2007 Taurus all over again. Little tweaks that don’t do much of anything and decontenting for years and years until the model dies on the vine.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Facelifts don’t usually work…to wit:

  • Harry Nimmergut

    I’m not the least bit threatened by this as the owner of a ’17, as far as the design makeover goes. But I DO have to chuckle that Ford is introducing the upgraded safety package as standard (which will send Chevy, Hyundai, Kia and others into a frenzy) on a SEDAN just days after basically saying that it’s ditching the sedan market. Confused a bit, Ford?

  • Justin Spencer

    Ford cars have pretty much always been CRAP!!! (The Mustang’s about the only exception). The Fiesta, Focus and Fusion are the last cars on this planet I’d ever consider owning! They offer all the gimmicks, bells and whistles with shiney, attractive paint schemes and all end up being a pile of sh*t with engine and transmission problems.

    • Karl

      Troll much?

      • Justin Spencer

        Bite me much???

        • Karl

          You are not my type buddy,peddle your perversion elsewhere …

          • Justin Spencer

            That wasn’t an invitation and you’re an annoyance. GO AWAY!

          • Karl

            You should have followed your own advice before you open your fat mouth!

          • Justin Spencer

            Karl, I have no idea what the hell I’m even talking about with you. You’re a nut🤪

          • Karl

            From one nut to another!

  • Kate E

    Nice rental car

  • Lilinator81

    i want that 2.7l-engine in my Mondeo Station wagon. Every third car here is a BMW, Audi Benz or Porsche. The 2.0 4cyl has a lot to do with the mass of ~1,9tons and its sad that the 2.0 is the biggest engine for the Mondeo here in Europe 🙁 Also no 4wd available for the ecoboosts….only FWD….not really cool with around 160 raining-days/year.

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