Ford Cars of the Future Could Get a Whole Lot Lighter
Ford has just revealed a new Fusion concept car, and it might just be the most important vehicle you see today. Why, you ask? It’s what the Fusion doesn’t have that makes it special. Namely, a whole lot of weight. This Ford Lightweight Concept weighs nearly 25 percent less than last year’s Ford Fusion, and clocks in a weight similar to the pint-sized Ford Fiesta sedan. Ford achieved these figures by redesigning the car around new weight-saving components, including an aluminum and high-strength steel chassis, carbon fiber wheels, and composite suspension components. The development team carried over what it had learned from cutting weight on the F-150, which shed a drastic 700 pounds in its newest generation. Reduced weight brings with it increased fuel efficiency, acceleration, and improved handling. RELATED: See Photos of the Ford Fusion Hybrid
Better yet, Ford hints that this weight loss treatment can be expected within the next-generation Fusion.
Underneath the hood is the 1.0-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost engine that already sees use in the North American Fiesta. Rated at 32mpg in the city and 45mpg on the highway, it’s likely that Fusion buyers can expect equivalent performance.
It’s a big step forward for fuel economy, and one that doesn’t even involve powertrain hybridization. Imagine the figures possible in the next Fusion Hybrid with this extra-light setup.
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