2017 Ford Fusion: New AWD Twin-Turbo V6! [Detroit]

Ford Motor Company has unveiled several new Fusion models for the 2017 model year at the 2016 NAIAS in Detroit.

AWD Twin-Turbocharged V6 Sport

The Ford Fusion V6 Sport will come with AWD and a twin-turbocharged 2.7L EcoBoost V6 making an anticipated 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, which is roughly 50 more horsepower and 100 more lb-ft than V6 engines offered in the Camry and Accord. To keep the power on the road, The V6 Sport’s suspension will have continuously controlled damping to alter its tuning based on setup and road input. The model will be recognizable to passersby by its gloss black mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler, and dual exhaust tips. Pricing for the Sport starts at $34,350.


Fusion Platinum

For customers wanting a bit less sport and a bit more luxury, the Platinum trim level provides an upgraded interior. Leather wraps the instrument panel, door trim panels, and steering wheel. The Platinum will come with its own grille, 19-inch polished wheels, and available AWD and 2.0L EcoBoost engine. Pricing for the Platinum starts at $37,495.

Fusion Energi

The Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid is fitted with a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery to provide an estimated 19 miles in electric-only mode before switching over to a 2.0L gasoline engine. According to Ford, recharging the battery can be accomplished in 2.5 hours. Total range for the Energi is reported to be more than 500 miles. In addition to the Energi, there will also be a traditional hybrid Fusion. No word as of this writing on expected MPGe figures for these cars. Pricing for the Energi starts at $33,995, while the Hybrid starts at $26,060.

Available technology in all Fusion models includes hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and Ford’s new SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system. Look for the new Fusion models to go on sale in the summer of 2016 with the V6 Sport arriving several weeks later.

Until we can get our hands on the 2.7L EcoBoost V6, check out this video of the 1.5L EcoBoost from earlier this year.