Back before we got the Focus Electric when we were thinking about it I requested brochures in both my name & my wife's name to try to get a $750 private cash coupon. The brochures have finally started coming over the last couple days. Today the Fusion Hybrid/Energi brochure arrived. It is for the 2015 Fusion and shows the new Titanium rim on a number of the Fusions in the pictures. The more curious thing, though, is the paragraph describing LKA. It is not called LKA in this brochure, it is called "Lane-Keeping System". It says that the system senses when you wander and will alert you "through vibrations in the steering wheel to prompt you to steer back to center." The fine print for the asterisk reads: "Lane-Keeping System does not control steering." Is this just legal mumbo-jumbo to protect them from someone suing after a crash because they thought they could drive with no hands, or did they really change the LKA system to no longer adjust the steering for you? What happens for owners of 2014 FFHs with LKA? Will you car steer for you? On relatively straight roads in our car I can let my hands off the steering wheel for miles and the car will keep me between the lines. When it senses that my hands aren't on the wheel it beeps at me to put my hands on the wheel, but the car will steer itself through gentle curves in the road without any input from me.
I hope that Ford didn't take this feature away. The fact that the FFH not only warned you, but also steered you back into the lane, was something that differentiated the Ford system from their competitors. Hyundai is the only other company I have heard advertise a system that will steer you back into your lane. Toyota, Honda, GM, Chrysler, etc all have passive systems that only beep at you if you wander.
2013 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium - White Platinum Metallic
2013 Ford Focus Electric - Ice Storm
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid SE x2