During a meeting with Ford dealers
last week, it was revealed that the 2009 Fusion
would benefit from the same 170 hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder found in the new Ford Escape
and Mercury Mariner
. The upgraded mill, which boasts an extra 10 hp over the outgoing engine and variable valve timing, will be mated to Ford's
six-speed automatic transmission and should return a few miles-per-gallon more than its predecessor. There's also talk that the new Fusion could get an upgraded version of the 3.0-liter V6, along with a new front fascia and a revised interior. Ford spokesperson, Jim Cain, wouldn't confirm or deny the planned upgrades, but it's likely we'll get a formal announcement in the next few months before the revamped Fusion goes on sale later this year.
[Source: Detroit News