Ford is rolling out a new compact car in the U.S. to help combat the threat of electric vehicles, as the automaker seeks to compete with rivals in a world of self-driving vehicles.
The new Ford Fusion, Ford’s entry into the self-drive car market, will be available in the United States by the end of 2019.
It’s based on the Fusion, the company’s popular compact hatchback, and it will feature a redesigned, lighter design.
The Fusion will feature new technologies including the Ford Focus’ electric powertrain, the Ford Edge EV’s autonomous driving system and a new design language to differentiate it from other self-driven vehicles.
The car also features a new styling and color scheme, new headlights, a larger grille, a grille flap and a more modern front fascia, according to a release.
The car will have an EPA-estimated range of up to 60 miles on a single charge, and will be priced at $32,200.
Ford will also offer the new Fusion with the Focus’ standard package, including a six-speed manual transmission, the standard six-speaker audio system and the optional 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system.
The automaker is also announcing the Fusion is the first car to come with the Ford Flexible package, which includes a six.5″ touchscreen infotonic system, a 6.2-inch touchscreen audio system, an 8-speakers audio system with a surround sound, a 3.8L V6 engine with a 1.5L turbo and a 5-speed automatic transmission.
It also adds a $1,500 tax credit for buyers who buy the new Focus in the new Ford Edge.
The Focus is expected to be available for sale in 2019.
The new Fusion will have a launch price of $30,200, and the Focus will be offered starting in 2019 with the 6.7L V8 and 1.8C turbo engines.