DETROIT – The refreshed 2017 Ford Fusion, revealed today at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show with two new models and upgraded technology, will be priced from $22,995.
That’s an increase of a mere $10 over the 2016 Fusion.
Competing against other midsize models such as the Chevrolet Malibu, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry, the 2017 Fusion will arrive at Ford dealerships this summer.
A new addition to the lineup this year is the Fusion V6 Sport, priced from $34,350. The V6 Sport model includes LED headlights, a gloss-black mesh grille, rear spoiler and unique 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as all-wheel drive and continuously controlled suspension damping.
Inside, a sporty interior treatment is augmented with Active Noise Cancelling that disengages when Sport mode is selected, allowing a measured amount of engine and exhaust sound to filter into the cabin.
But the big news is in the powertrain department.
Standard on the Sport, and available on a Fusion for the first time, is Ford’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine. Estimated at 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, it comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a console-mounted rotary gear selector and paddle shifters.
Power plant choices for the other 2017 Fusions include the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and EcoBoost 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter four-cylinder units.
Also new this year is the Fusion Platinum Edition. Following on the heels of models like the Explorer and F-150 Platinum Editions, this trim level adds luxury touches, such as leather seating with distinctive stitching, leather-trimmed door panels and leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as a unique grille treatment and 19-inch polished alloy wheels.
Prices for the Fusion Platinum will start at $37,495.
Available again for 2017 are Fusion Hybrid and Energi models. A Ford spokesperson told Edmunds that the plug-in hybrid Fusion Energi has an expected range of 19 miles on electricity alone and a total range of 500 miles using a combination of electric and 2.0-liter gasoline power.
The Fusion Hybrid will be priced from $26,060, and the Energi will start at $33,995.
New technology features, available for the first time on the Fusion, include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, and Enhanced Active Park Assist.
The new Pre-Collision Assist feature is an upgrade to the existing collision-warning system, using a front-mounted camera and radar sensors to detect a pedestrian or vehicle in front of the car and automatically apply the brakes if needed.
The Fusion’s Adaptive Cruise Control now includes Stop and Go technology, capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete stop in heavy traffic and then accelerating back up to speed automatically when the road clears.
Enhanced Active Park Assist, previously available on the Ford Edge, comes to the Fusion for 2017. When engaged, this system employs sensors to help locate an adequately sized parking space and then uses the car’s power steering to guide it into the spot. If the driver has trouble exiting a space, the system can also take over and maneuver the vehicle back onto the road.
Edmunds says: This modest round of updates assures that the Ford Fusion has all the same safety technology found in its competitors, a selling point that no midsize family sedan can do without.