Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Ford | posted January 11, 2016 17:29
2017 Ford Fusion claimed to leave other family sedans in the dust
Ford has revealed the facelifted Fusion at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
The American automaker says the 2017 Fusion “continues to be a game changer” among midsize sedans with the “most technologically advanced lineup,” including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive V6 Sport.
Aesthetically, the 2017 Fusion's fascia is fitted with restyled headlights, a mesh grill, larger air intakes, new fog light design and more distinctive chrome trims. Towards the side, the vehicle has a straight character line and a sloped roofline. The rear, on the other hand, has wraparound taillights, a large bumper, a chrome bar, a spoiler and quad exhaust tips. It is finished off with 19-inch wheels.
Ford claims that the Fusion V6 Sport can “leave other family sedans – including Honda Accord and Toyota Camry – in the dust.” It is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers 330 PS and 474 Nm of torque.
In addition, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are plug-in hybrid models that come with an updated software which is said to deliver a more refined and engaging drive. Ford adds that the electric motors are expected to yield better fuel economy and increased all-electric range.
On the other hand, the Fusion Platinum is equipped with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine connected to an all-wheel drive system. The vehicle's front grille is finished in Magnetic paint and also gets 19-inch polished wheels as well as Cocoa and Venetian leather.
Of note, Ford said the all 2017 Fusion models will have the brand's latest SYNC 3 infotainment system and a new rotary gear shift dial. It also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking feature, lane-keeping assist and blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert.