IN­SIDE INFO Model En­gine

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which has come a long way from the first gen­er­a­tion. Google it. You see? Hav­ing moved from the old staid to the new dy­namic looks, the Fu­sion is barely recog­nis­able.

The roofline mim­ics the hand­some Audi A7, but the sleek sil­hou­ette is all the Blue Oval’s; there’s a fa­mil­iar­ity about it and you can tell it’s from the same lin­eage as the larger Tau­rus. The char­ac­ter lines that sweep to the rear help to break up the ‘three­box’ pow­er­train/cabin/ boot de­sign – syn­ony­mous with mid-size sa­loons – while the LED tail­lights (and a LED cen­tre-high mounted stop light), pol­ished ex­haust tips and 17in al­loys fur­ther sep­a­rate it from the count­less oth­ers in this crowded seg­ment. Ve­hi­cles in this cat­e­gory need to take a long, hard look at them­selves now as the Fu­sion has shaken things up. t’s not all good, how­ever; the B-pil­lar is very thick and though it seems to hide its girth on the out­side, it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter in­side; it ob­structs your view over your shoul­ders a fair bit. Also, that swoopy roofline eats up head­room for back-seat pas­sen­gers. It’s still com­pa­ra­ble to the com­pe­ti­tion, but there are no com­plaints with room at the front.

The cabin isn’t just a com­fort­able, airy and driver-ori­ented en­vi­ron­ment with a good mix of soft-touch sur­faces, durable plas­tics and a host of in­tu­itive con­trols on the cen­tre stack. No, what is re­ally im­pres­sive is the amount of safety fea­tures in here. In ad­di­tion to the eight airbags (driver, pas­sen­ger, knee, side and canopy cur­tain air bags), there are sev­eral other high­lights, which in­clude elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol,

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