Detroit automaker Ford has long had big green car plans, some of which they outlined to us and others as part of a big eco vehicle tour back in 2010. Fast forward two years later, and the company seems to be continuing its slow, but steady march in this undertaking. Its latest offering is a new Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid, announced today at the Detroit Auto Show.
Ford, which already has a regular hybrid version for the Fusion, is adding the plug-in option as its self-described next generation of “more expressive” vehicles. It is the first sedan, the company said, to offer gasoline, hybrid and plug-in hybrid choices for drivers wanting a rainbow of options.
The Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid offering will be more than 100 MPGe in its fuel rating, though this is yet to be certified by the EPA. If it holds true, this will make it one of the most fuel efficient, non electric-only vehicles on American roads today, besting the troubled Chevy Volt by 8 MPGe and the plug-in hybrid version of the popular Prius by 13.
Ford has gone ahead with a nice redesign of the Fusion across the vehicle options. It sports a sleeker profile, the company believes, offering functional design elements such as headlamps, LED tail lamps and polished exhaust tips that communicate what the company calls an enhanced technological capability.