Ford’s bread and butter sedan gets an evolutionary makeover for the 2017 model year, and it makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Lots of talk about mobility and apps at the Ford press conference this year, but at the heart of its time was the reintroduction of the Ford Fusion, a critically important contender taking sales away from Toyota and Honda in the midsize market.
Three cars make up the news this year:
Fusion V6 Sport: Fusion never really had a sporty edition, and now it does thanks to a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering a (projected) 325 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport beats the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord by 100 lb.-ft. of additional torque and nearly 50 more horsepower.
Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi: The new Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi continue their march as the best selling plug-in vehicles in America. New software delivers an even more refined and engaging drive, and more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving.
Fusion Platinum: As Fusion didn’t have a performance edition, it also didn’t have a real luxury edition either. The Fusion Platinum gets a 2.0-liter EcoBoost and all-wheel drive, but the interior dials up the luxury: Instrument and door trim panels are wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather, and the hand-wrapped steering wheel is finished in premium Venetian leather. A unique grille finished in Magnetic paint makes for an upscale design and 19-inch polished wheels return confident performance
What is Ford Saying?
“Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.