Ford wowed the crowd at the Detroit Auto Show
with its all-new 2013 Fusion. The 2013 Fusion
will arrive this fall and will offer hybrid buyers two choices that sets the Fusion apart from the hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. The first option is the Fusion hybrid that’s powered by a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with lithium-ion batteries for a combined output of 185 horsepower. Ford expects the Fusion hybrid to get up to 47 mpg in the city.
The second option is the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid
, which is powered by the same 185 horsepower system, but will get the equivalent of 100 mpg (MPGe). Fans of the Chevy Volt will notice that the Fusion Energi beats it by at least 8 MPGe. Both Fusion hybrids are wrapped in the 2013 Fusion’s new sexier body that draws styling cues from the EVOs concept car
The Honda CR-Z was first introduced as a concept vehicle in 2007 with the production version finally arriving at the end of 2010. As soon as the CR-Z concept was unveiled, it immediately brought back memories of the Honda CR-X from the 1980’s with its sporty body and two seat layout. Unfortunately the CR-Z doesn’t quite have enough “sport” under the hood. Honda calls the CR-Z a “sport hybrid,” but 122 horsepower isn’t going to draw much attention on a track — but we have hope!
Fisker, a new name to the automotive industry recently released its first model, the 2012 Fisker Karma, which takes a hybrid system and wraps it in a sexy four-door body. The Karma is powered by an electric motor with a 2.0L turbocharged range-extending engine — think of it as a much sportier alternative to the Chevy Volt. The Karma has 403 horsepower, the ability to travel up to 50 miles in full electric mode, and it can reach 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 125 mph. The only major draw back is that its $90,000 price tag is beyond the reach of most buyers.
So what’s next for the hybrid segment? At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, automakers unveiled a host of new hybrid models that we will soon see in showrooms. The new hybrids offer the latest hybrid technology, but with more emphasis on “style” and “sport” than ever before.