Ford Shows Off the 2013 Mid-Sized Fusion at Cleveland Auto Show

The Ford Fusion, which was first produced in 2006, is now in its eighth model year of production with the 2013 model, which is the first year of the Fusion's second generation. Rated the country's No. 2 mid-size vehicle, the 2013 Ford Fusion is currently on display at the Cleveland Auto Show.

The 2013 Ford Fusion, which is assembled in Mexico, features a an impressive line-up of options, including a gasoline and EcoBoost engine options, a next-generation hybrid model, and even a plug-in hybrid version. The Ford Fusion Energi, which is the plug-in hybrid version, is slated to begin in the U.S. sometime during the first quarter of 2013.

Ford's entire 2013 Fusion line-up was award with the 2013 Green Car of the year award at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The 2013 Ford Fusion features a 122mm (4.8-inch) bigger wheelbase, is 28mm (1.1-inch) longer, 18mm (.07 inches) wider, and 33mm (1.2 inches) taller than the 2012 model, which was based on the Mazda-derived CD3 platform. The 2013 model is built on the new CD4 platform, which is claimed to be 10 percent stronger than the outgoing CD3 platform.

Contrasting the front double wishbone suspension of the first generation Fusion, the 2013 models feature MacPherson struts at front and an all-new multi-lin rear suspension.

Although some of the exterior dimensions of the Fusion have increased in te new generation Fusion, some parts of the interior have shrunk, including the truck, which has been reduced from 16.5 cu ft. to 16.0 cu ft.

The 2013 Ford Fusion is available in several different trim levels, including S, SE, and Titanium. Ford has also assembled five different powertrains for the new model, including two hybrid variants. All of the available engines are currently four-cylinder offerings, compared to the previous models 3.0L V-6 engine as the top choice. The engine options available are identical to those of the redesigned Ford Escape, and include: Duratech 2.5 I4, EcoBoost 1.6L I4, EcoBoost 2.0L I4, and Duratec 20 I4 (Hybrid). The Duratec 2.5 I4 will be offered as the standard engine. The 2.5L I4 EcoBoost engine will only be available in the U.S., where as a 3-cylinder 1.0L 123bhp EcoBoost engine will be available only in Europe.

The Fusion starts at a base price of $21,000 to $42,000, depending on which variety Fusion you choose. It's on display now at the Cleveland Auto Show, and a video the car that we shot from the auto show can be viewed below: