Back in December of last year
we saw photos of the underhood area of a Ford Fusion
with what appeared to be a hybrid
powertrain. Now our friend Ray is reporting that the Fusion Hybrid
will have its coming out party later this year either at the Los Angeles Auto Show
in November or at the Detroit Show next year in January. Most likely the drivetrain will be much same as the Escape Hybrid
including the 2.3L four cylinder. Ford's
second hybrid is expected as a 2009 model.
A Ford spokesman confirmed that the Fusion
hybrids are definitely on track for production in 2008 as 2009 model year vehicles. As expected he would not confirm when they will actually make their first public appearance, and said that the hunt is on for "Electric Throat."