After four years on the market in its current, second-generation form, the Ford Fusion will benefit from both cosmetic and technological enhancements in order to stay competitive.
Admittedly, the car’s styling didn’t change all that much, not that it really had to. The redesigned front and rear portions are noticeable, while the Fusion’s profile remains largely intact.
The S, SE and Titanium trim levels are still on offer, in addition to the base 2.5L engine as well as the 1.5L and 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder units. The hybrid and Energi plug-in hybrid variants will be back, too.
Two new editions will be added to the 2017 lineup. The Fusion Platinum will position itself as the most luxurious, with a Cocoa leather interior, a Venetian leather wrapped steering wheel, a unique grille finish and 19-inch polished alloy wheels. It will be powered by the 2.0-litre engine.
There’s also a new Fusion V6 Sport, which emphasizes performance with its twin-turbo, 2.7-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that develops 325 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Luckily, all that power is managed by an all-wheel-drive system.
The Fusion V6 Sport also includes computer-controlled shock absorbers as standard equipment. These dampers are said to mitigate the impact of hitting potholes by “detecting them” and catch the wheel before it reaches the bottom of the hole, potentially damaging tire and wheel. The sportiest version of the Fusion stands out from the rest with its more aggressive styling and 19-inch alloys.
The 2017 Ford Fusion also benefits from the company’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system and a pedestrian detection system. The new rebooted Fusion will be on sale this summer.