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.