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2013 Ford Fusion

Ford has enjoyed quite a bit of success with its current Fusion sedan. After a midcycle update, the vehicle was named the Motor Trend Car of the Year and the North American Car of the Year in 2010, and it was one of the automaker's top-sellers in 2011.

But apparently, good isn't good enough for Ford, as the Blue Oval unveiled a completely redesigned 2013 Fusion this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new model looks better than the current model in every way, boasting an attractive yet derivative design language that promises to be the future of Ford.

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2013 Ford Fusion

Click to enlarge picture2013 Ford Fusion (© Rod Hatfield)

2013 Ford Fusion

Click to enlarge picture2013 Ford Fusion (© Rick Wait)

2013 Ford Fusion

Click to enlarge picture2013 Ford Fusion (© Rick Wait)

2013 Ford Fusion

What is it? The next generation of Ford's midsize sedan.

What's hot? Just about everything. The 2013 Ford Fusion marks the first use of Ford's new corporate face, and it's mighty handsome. The Fusion also will deliver excellent fuel economy and plenty of room for family and friends. Powertrain choices include:

  • A turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder that Ford says will deliver 26 mpg city/37 mpg highway.
  • A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four that will offer more power and fuel economy of 23/33.
  • An updated hybrid that will best the new Toyota Camry Hybrid with estimated EPA ratings of 47/44.
  • Ford also will offer a plug-in hybrid Energi model with an mpge rating of more than 100.

The automaker promises to improve driving dynamics, add all-wheel drive as an option, upgrade to a higher-quality interior and outfit the vehicle with new technology including adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist, Active Park Assist and a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert. The Fusion also will get the next generation of MyFord Touch, which Ford says is easier to use thanks to larger lettering and faster response time.

What's not? While the grille is beautiful, it looks too much like an Aston Martin design. It makes us wonder if Aston Martin, formerly owned by Ford, will protest and force Ford to change its new face. If not, those beautiful Aston Martins won't look so special when you see a similar face on a family sedan.

How much and when? Starting at about $20,000; due late summer.

MSN Autos' verdict: It looks as if competition in the midsize-sedan segment is heating up. The new Chevrolet Malibu is quite nice though a bit cramped in back, and the Korean automakers have been putting on the press for the past couple of years. The 2013 Fusion is arguably the best-looking of the bunch and it promises excellent fuel economy, a premium feel and plenty of space.

Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.