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Ford Fusion Urban Activity Vehicle Details

Wed, 06 Feb 2002
Though it won't go on sale in the UK until the end of 2002, Ford has announced details of its new Fiesta-based Fusion 'Urban Activity Vehicle'. Longer, wider and taller than the Fiesta, it is also more versatile, though nothing like as clever as the Honda Jazz. The interior is very attractive with folding 60/40 split rear seat backs and a flat folding front passenger seat allowing the transportation of longer items. The rear load floor is flush with the hatchback sill. But one nuisance spotted by 'Auto Express' is that the rear hatch latch is remote. You can't just press a button and open it from the hatch itself.

Dimensions are: length 4,020 mm (13ft 2in); width 1,708mm (5 ft 7in); height: 1,503mm (4ft 11in). Luggage volume is 337 litres to the parcel shelf with the rear seats up.

Three engines will be available at launch. Most interesting is the new PSA sourced 1,399cc Duratorq TDCi aluminium block, common rail direct-injected diesel. Power output is 68ps at 4,000rpm with 160Nm (118 lb ft) torque at 1,750rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 15.1 seconds, top speed 99mph, Target Euro combined mpg 64.2 and CO2 emissions 119g/km (£110pa VED). This engine meets Euro III emissions limits.

Next, the 1,388cc Duratec 16v which is a development of the 1.4 16v Zetec S engine in the current Fiesta and Focus. Power output is 80ps at 5,700rpm with 124Nm (91 lb ft) torque at 3,500rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 13.3 seconds, top speed 102mph, Target Euro combined mpg 43.5 and CO2 emissions 156g/km (£120pa VED). This engine meets Euro IV emissions limits.

Next, the 1,596cc Duratec 16v. Power output is 100ps at 6,000rpm with 146Nm (108 lb ft) torque at 4,000rpm. 0-60 is quoted at 10.5 seconds, top speed 111mph, Euro combined mpg 42.8 and CO2 emissions 158g/km (£120pa VED). This engine meets Euro IV emissions limits.

Thankfully, the ancient pushrod 1,297cc Duratec 8v is not slated for the Fusion.

Standard equipment on all models will include ABS with EBD, height adjustable driver and passenger seats, twin dual-stage front airbags, five three-point seatbelts, decoupling pedals to protect the driver's feet in a severe impact, a passive anti-theft system, and a spare wheel stowed inside the boot rather than slung under it. Standard tyres will be 195/60R15 which is a reasonable compromise between handling and pot-hole protection. Side airbags, side curtain bags, perimeter alarm system and remote central locking are available either as standard or as extras.

Rear suspension is the same twist beam with compact spring damper units as on the new Fiesta, with offset coil spring MacPherson struts at the front.

Prices will be announced closer to the on sale date.

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