2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport 01

It looks like Ford has something more than just fresh cosmetic upgrades for the new Fusion. For the 2017 model year, the Blue Oval is giving the sedan a new V6 Sport variant which the automaker claims has enough juices to take on the BMW 340i.

Apart from the V6 Sport, the Fusion will also come in two hybrid variants – the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid – and the Platinum trim, which comes with three EcoBoost engine options including a 2.0-litre unit and all-wheel-drive.

2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport 03

On the design front, the facelifted Fusion ditches the Aston Martin grille for a more conventional grille design and adds restyled LED lights at both ends. The Fusion V6 Sport, as seen above, comes with a more aggressive image with deeper air intakes, a gloss-black mesh grille insert, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler as well as dual twin exhaust outlets. The Platinum variant gets a front grille finished in a colour called Magnetic and 19-inch polished wheels.

The Fusion retains most of the design elements in the cabin except that the gear lever has been replaced with a space-saving knob selector. With the Platinum variant, the Fusion features antiqued Cocoa leather for the instrument and door trim panels, and a steering wheel wrapped in premium Venetian leather. On the technological front, the facelift adds the automaker’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which now supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Under the hood, the V6 Sport variant packs a twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V6 engine that churns out 325 hp and 474 Nm of torque, along with all-wheel-drive. The model is equipped with a continuously controlled damping system that adjusts the shock absorbers according to road conditions.

On the other hand, both the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi feature an EcoGuide system that helps drivers to achieve better fuel consumption. The latter packs a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery with an electric range of 30 km, and switches to its 2.0-litre petrol engine when the battery is depleted, giving the car a total range of more than 800 km. Recharging the Fusion Energi can be done in just 2.5 hours.

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Elsewhere, the Fusion will be the automaker’s first car to be sold in the North America with a pedestrian detection system. The sedan also boasts hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability, lane-keeping assist, as well as blind spot information system.

 

 

 



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