Ford rethinks Fusion storage needs
Ford has redesigned the interior of its 2017 Ford Fusion to offer drivers and passengers more storage, increased connectivity
As consumers look for new ways to tap into the ever-growing digital world, the number of people using multiple digital devices on a regular basis has grown.
In response, Ford has redesigned the interior of its 2017 Ford Fusion to offer drivers and passengers more storage, increased connectivity, and an open, airier feel throughout.
Roughly one in three North Americans now own a smartphone, a computer and a tablet – a 140 per cent increase over the last three years.
To accommodate all of these devices, Ford engineered 59 percent more storage into the Fusion console, adding easy-to-reach bins throughout, including a new phone pocket and area for small coins.
To provide a four litre increase to the main console storage area, the armrest has been lengthened about 3 inches, and a clamshell design has been incorporated for the upper compartment to make the space more accessible and user friendly.
The revamped media bin at the front of the console, under the eight-inch touch screen, sees the addition of a lighted USB port for increased connectivity on the forward wall.
A narrow new storage slot behind it is perfect for a cellphone and other small items.
A rotary gearshift dial replaces the traditional shifter found in previous models. Not only is its less intrusive form aesthetically pleasing, the design frees up valuable real estate on the console.
The change in size and placement of the shifter also allowed the cupholders to be repositioned.
Previously side-by-side in the middle of the console, they now sit fore and aft and are now closer to the passenger side.
The front cupholder is only six inches forward from its original position, say the engineers, but the tweak makes quite a difference ergonomically, as Fusion cupholders are now within easy reach for 95 per cent of the population.