Only one body style has been revealed so far — a sedan — but expect the car to spawn hatchback and wagon bodies when the Mondeo version is finally revealed. All up, the Fusion/Mondeo will serve as the basis for at least 10 different body styles.
Ford's unveiling ceremony was held next door at the Joe Louis arena. Americans can choose from either three petrol engines, a regular petrol-electric hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. Expect diesel versions to appear in Mondeo-badged models.
The Fusion/Mondeo's array of radar sensors are necessary for its blind-spot warning system and lane-departure warning system, which pulses the steering wheel if it detects unintended lane drift. There's also an automated reverse parking system, which is hopefully improved from the version used in the Ford Focus.
Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models have an active noise-cancellation system, similar to the ones found on some headphones, that cuts down on road and exterior noise, whilst highlighting more melodious engine notes.
In America, two economy-minded turbo petrol engines are offered: a 1.6-litre capable of 9.1L/100km in the city and 6.4L/100km on the highway, and a more powerful 2-litre version. All-wheel drive, as seen here, is unlikely for Australia.
The petrol-electric hybrid uses a 2-litre petrol engine in concert with electric motors to deliver fuel economy of at least 5L/100km in US testing. A plug-in version, badged Energi, should be capable of the equivalent of 100mpg or 2.35L/100km, as it's able to run for longer solely on electricity.
When the Fusion transforms into the Mondeo, we can expect even more tech goodies. During Ford's presentation there was a blink-and-you'll-miss-it preview slide of the Mondeo featuring LED driving lights and xenon headlights.