Ford's new Fusion Hybrid has been very well put together and features some of the newest technology available on the market. One such piece of equipment is the new SmartGauge Instrument Panel that can be customized to the wants / needs of the driver.
The system features a pair of 4.3 inch TFT LCD screens that flank a centrally positioned speedometer. The speedometer will display data at 800 pixels by 480 pixels, which is basically HD. Both the screens can be manipulated using buttons located on either side of the steering wheel.
Each display is fully customizable depending on what information you think is important at the time. If you don't feel like picking and choosing what gauges you would like, the system will also have predefined packages. They preset options will range from the basic fuel level and engine temperature, to being able to map your fuel usage in real time and graph how much draw you accessories are putting on your electrical system.
Of course, the real test will be when sales begin and buyers get to try it out for themselves, but for now it seems as though Ford has put together a winning combination of fuel economy monitoring and driver gadgetry.