A new Ford Fusion was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show with a surprise. A new Fusion V6 Sport model will feature a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine offering 340 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque with an all-wheel drive powertrain.
This Sport model will also feature active dampening systems for the suspension, including electronic automation that detects road changes and hazards, such as potholes, and adjusts within milliseconds to compensate. Everything about the new Fusion V6 Sport model, Ford says, is geared towards sport driving.
By contrast, the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in models will continue to be benchmark setting in their efficiency. Both receive new, more efficient electric motors with the rest of their drivetrains remaining untouched. New software updates also add to their drive dynamics, making them more engaging, Ford has promised.
Finally, a new trim level, Platinum, is added to the lineup. With an available 2.0-liter EcoBoost and all-wheel drive, the interior experience is where things get upper crust. 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.
Also new to the Fusion this year is a rotary shifter on the console, replacing the traditional lever-style shifting. The 2017 Ford Fusion also features, for the first time in North America, a pedestrian detection system.
The 2017 Ford Fusion debuted at the North American International Auto Show. It will enter showrooms in the summer of this year with the Fusion V6 Sport model becoming available later in the year.