2014 Ford Fusion 1.5L EcoBoost Engine Projected Specs Revealed
Projected specifications on the 2014 Ford Fusion with the 1.5-liter Ecoboost engine have been revealed, along with other 2014-model-year changes for the popular midsize sedan. While we don’t yet have SAE-certified power and torque figures, Ford has provided a first look at how the turbocharged, direct-injection 1.5-liter I-4 will compare to the 1.6-liter I-4 it replaces.
The 1.6-liter Ecoboost I-4 continues into the 2014 model year on the Ford Fusion, but as we reported in April, only with a six-speed manual transmission. Most 2014 Ford Fusions will be fitted with the new 1.5-liter Ecoboost I-4, which has projected ratings of 178 hp at 6000 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 1500-4500 rpm. The 1.6-liter engine on the 2014 Fusion produces 178 hp at 5700 rpm and 184 lb-ft at 2500 rpm. The 2013 Ford Fusion is pictured at right and below.
“Most people will not be able to tell the difference between the 1.6-liter engine and the new 1.5-liter Ecoboost engine,” said Joe Bakaj, Ford’s vice president of powertrain engineering, when the engine was announced earlier this year.
In a press release, Ford comments that if you aren’t constantly moving forward in the midsize sedan segment, you’re falling behind — just take a look at the refreshed 2014 Chevrolet Malibu for evidence. As for Ford, the 2013 Fusion’s 1.6-liter I-4 and six-speed automatic combination is likely the highest-volume pairing in the lineup over the 2.5-liter I-4 and the 2.0-liter Ecoboost I-4. EPA-rated fuel economy on the 2013 Fusion with the 1.6-liter engine and an automatic transmission is 23-24/36-37 mpg city/highway, depending on whether the car is equipped with an engine stop-start system. That technology will also be offered on the 2014 Fusion with the 1.5-liter engine. By comparison, the Honda Accord sedan gets up to 26/35 mpg with an automatic and the Nissan Altima hits 27/38 mpg.
Other 2014 Ford Fusion changes include the addition of inflatable rear outboard seatbelts to the options list as well as two new colors: Dark Side and Sunset. A new interior package for the Fusion Titanium includes upgraded floor mats with leather seats and vinyl door inserts in Brick Red while a new summer-tire package adds 19-inch wheels.
Ford says the 2014 Fusion with the new 1.5-liter engine — derived from the 2014 Fiesta’s new 1.0-liter Ecoboost I-3 — will deliver more responsiveness, and the engine will warm up faster to reduce cold-start emissions. What effect the new engine will have on sales remains to be seen. Through the first five months of 2013, the Ford Fusion is the fourth-best-selling midsizer, behind the Nissan Altima, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry.
Ford sent us a manual-transmission 2013 Fusion with the 1.6-liter engine for our 2012-2013 six-car midsize comparison test. The Fusion finished third, and after noting “only decent” observed fuel economy, we said, “You can’t help thinking what the Fusion would be like with one of its more potent engine options and bigger wheels and tires.”
How will the 2014 Ford Fusion with the 1.5-liter Ecoboost I-4 and six-speed automatic fare in a comparison? We hope to find out before long.