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Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan



  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452
    a lot of that dash does looks the same as the current fusion. that does not mean it is all bad. the ip cluster is different, the upper vents are changed, along with the shift and the controls below the nav screen.
    i just went over to the chevy dealer to look at some malibu's. the 2 tone interiior is over rated. the door panels are all plastic, unlike the fusion which has cloth inserts. the chrome in hte malibu interior looks like what it is, plactic plated chrome.
    the buttons on the steering wheel of the malibu are rediculously small. impala is much better. fusion is better for functionality, although the buttons seem kind of cheap.
    a nice 4cyl/4 speed auto malibu lists for over 24k. as mentioned previously, a fusion is about 3k less.
  • I'd have to agree. When I went to the New York Auto show in April, I sat in a couple of Malibus. IMHO, the interior was certainly good looking, but I felt that the two tone color scheme didn't work. The psuedo aluminum one however, was great.

    Obviously this 2010 Fusion is one equipped with the nav. I'm curious to see one without it.

    I remember reading an article about the Ford Escape regarding the 2009 model. They state that not only is the truck getting the new 2.5 liter like the Fusion, but a revised version of the 3.0 24v v6. Does anyone know if the Fusion will also get this upgrade?

    I hope they improve the fuel economy too, especially considering that the Sonata and Malibu get 32 now!

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452
    nav is available on the current model fusion. you can probably see pictures of it on the ford website. i think the fusion is going to get the PIP 3.0, like the escape.
    to me, the 6 speed auto is the biggest improvement and is already available in the fusion.
    i don't hang my hat on epa numbers. usually i can beat them, sometimes by a lot.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    The Nav screen for the 2010 model is new - has 4 times the resolution of the current screen and is clearly larger. Should be similar to the new MKS.

    It gets the same 2.5L I4 including a hybrid and the PIP 3.0L making 240 hp with better FE than the current 221 hp 3.0L.

    The 2.5L I4 models get 6 speed manual and autos to replace the current 5 speeds.
  • skibry1skibry1 Posts: 174
    I'm looking forward to another model with the beloved leftleg flexor! I didn't even
    consider the malibu 'cause the lack of one single feature.
  • baggs32baggs32 Posts: 3,209
    The pic below is of the non-nav center stack in the new Flex. Since the center stack in those Fusion spy shots and the center stack of the nav equipped Flex are identical (save for the bezels and trim), I think this is what we'll be seeing in the Fusion as well.


    Here's the Fusion spy shot:

    Here's a larger Fusion spy shot pic so you can see the detail better and compare it to the pic from the Flex. Note that the buttons and knobs are all identical in the nav equipped versions.

    Link to pic.

    Here's the nav equipped Flex.
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 790
    I'm very curious about which engines will be offered on the 2010 Ford Fusion (and Mercury Milan if it's still around). The current 2.3L I-4 will be replaced by the same 2.5L being introduced in the 2009 Mazda6. But what about the V6? It seems unlikely that the V6 from the Mazda6 will also make it to the Fusion. Currently, the only Ford using that 3.7L V6 is the Lincoln MKS. It would also make the Fusion more powerful than the larger/pricier Taurus.

    Does anyone have any insight into this? I have read speculation that a 3.0L based on the 3.5L is in the works, but nothing concrete.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    How many times do we have to go over this? It gets a modified 3.0L with 240 hp and better fuel mileage than the current 221 hp 3.0L. There might be a limited number of 3.5L versions but that's unclear. It also gets the 2.5L Hybrid.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452
    about 4 months ago, i trade my 04 focus for a fusion. i also have an explorer. one of the reasons(justifications) was that for 4 people we had to take the explorer on trips. so i decided to give up some every day gas mileage for better than the explorer on trips. i also was looking for a car that was awd and i could fit in the back seat(don't fit in the back of a focus). originally, i thought i would be getting a small suv.
    when i started there was about 3k miles on the car.
    the trip was 4 people from central ct to western pa and back. lots of hills, highest point 2250 ft above sea level. we ran the a/c about 75% of the time and averaged 26 mpg. the explorer would have averaged about 18.
    i sat in the back for a couple 3 hours stints. there was enough head room and plenty of leg room for me(over 6ft).
    even when my wife was driving 80, there wasn't much wind or road noise and my mother seated next to me in the back, had no clue we were going that speed.
    anyways, i think it worked out pretty well and will only get better.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Help me remember, ex, I4 or V6? I want to say V6...
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,452
    you are correct. it's the ubiquitous 3.0. you can't get awd with the 4cyl.
  • ponggodponggod Posts: 11
    Correctly or not, I have the impression that the Mercury line is supposed to be slightly more upscale/polished/whatever than their Ford counterparts. But are there any specifics when comparing the Fusion and the Milan that would support this notion?

    - Robert -
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Not really. You might find one or two features but for the most part they're identical with only cosmetic differences. Mercury has been that way for several years.

    The future plan for Mercury is to sell smaller premium vehicles while Lincoln focuses on larger premium vehicles.

    The Mercury Sable is gone after next year along with the Mountaineer and there are no Mercury versions of the new Flex e.g.
  • urnewsurnews Posts: 668
    The Mercury Sable is gone after next year along with the Mountaineer and there are no Mercury versions of the new Flex e.g.

    Doesn't sound like Mercury will have very much to offer. Still wouldn't be surprised to see Ford discontinue the brand altogether. These are touch times and things are only going to get tougher for the next few years. Boz
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Remember they're bringing over some of the European brands and I'm sure some of those will end up as Mercury's.

    With the shift towards fuel economy it will now be viable to offer premium versions of smaller cars (B and C size) that would not have worked before.

    You should check out the 2010 Fusion I4 - best in class fuel economy for both the regular and hybrid version, according to Ford.
  • Their are two factors stopping Ford from shutting down Merc:
    1- GM paid out $1B to shut down Olds. It ain't cheap to shut down a car line.
    2- Who will sell Lincolns if Merc is out? Dealers won't put up with Lincolns only and Ford may not want to move the line to Ford dealers.

  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,622
    Ford is actively combining Ford and Lincoln/Mercury dealers (and shutting down others). They've shut down or combined over 500 since 2006 and 150 this year alone. As long as the combined dealers are good I don't see a big problem. They can still have a separate area or building for Lincoln but business wise it doesn't force them to sink or swim on L/M sales alone.

    It will also help that Lincoln and Mercury will no longer be rebadged Fords.
  • At Hayward Ford they have separate showroom for Lincoln-Mercury. And buy the way I found it much better than former standalone LM dealirship on the same street.

    At Fremont Ford I did not see that LM is separated from Ford. But Mazda has both separate showroom (in same building) and separate service adviser.
  • scape2scape2 Posts: 4,119
    is going to be a very hot seller. I figure more peopel will go with the 4cyl over the 3.0. This beings that the 2.5 is going to be putting out about 175-180HP and get better MPG than the present 2.3 4cyl engine. Ford is finally headed in the right direction when it comes to engines. Even the new updated/re-worked 3.0 is going to put out about 240HP and still get better MPG than the present 3.0. :sick: Well, guess I can look forward to a trade-up in about 3 years..
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