2017 Ford Fusion Refreshed for Detroit, Adds 325-HP V6 Sport Model
Range-topping Platinum trim also joins the lineup.
To go along with the expected visual tweaks and equipment updates for its mid-cycle refresh, the Ford Fusion is expanding its lineup for 2017 with the addition of two new trim levels, Sport and Platinum. We're most excited about the new, performance-oriented 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport, even if it's not the full-bore Fusion ST we were hoping for.
The Fusion V6 Sport (pictured) is powered by Ford's 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6, which routes its 325 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Ford isn't yet providing any performance estimates, but the Fusion sure does have a lot more power than other V-6 options in the midsize sedan segment like the 278-hp Honda Accord, the 268-hp Toyota Camry, and the 270-hp Nissan Altima. The Fusion Sport will be more expensive than its competitors, though, with a starting price of $34,350 with destination—the Camry, Accord, and Altima V-6 models start between $28,000-$32,000.
The lack of equipment like torque vectoring, a manual transmission, and Recaro sports seats make it clear that the Fusion V6 Sport isn't part of the Ford Performance stable like the more hardcore Focus ST and Focus RS models. Even so, the Sport does get some meaningful chassis upgrades over the standard Fusion, including adaptive dampers, 19-inch wheels and wider tires, stiffer spring rates, and larger brakes front and rear. The relatively subtle exterior upgrades include a black mesh front grille, a more aggressive lower front fascia with functional cooling ducts for the intercooler, and a standard rear spoiler.
Revisions across the lineup
Beyond the V6 Sport trim, all 2017 Ford Fusion models—including the standard gasoline car, the Hybrid, and the plug-in hybrid Energi—have updated front and rear fascias that give the already stylish sedan a sharper look. The front grille is slimmer (and less Aston Martin-like) than before, and new headlights are now offered with both LED accents and actual LED bulbs. Out back, a chrome bar dissects the slightly reshaped taillights.
The interior boasts a revised layout with a new rotary shifter that frees up more space in the center console. As expected, the 2017 Fusion will be offered with the Sync 3 infotainment system, which now offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities through its AppLink function. Ford is also offering a whole host of new active safety features, including upgraded park assist functions, pre-collision braking, and lane-keep assist.
Only minor changes are in store for the 2017 Ford Fusion's available powertrains, other than the addition of the 2.7-liter engine for the Sport. A naturally aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder is still the standard choice, while the mid-level, 181-hp, 1.5-liter EcoBoost turbo-four adds engine start-stop capability as standard. The 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four, which can still be optioned with all-wheel drive, adopts the new twin-scroll turbo also being used in the 2017 Ford Escape. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in gas-electric drivetrains carry over mostly unchanged, other than some tuning adjustments.
New range-topping Platinum trim
Along with the existing S, SE, and Titanum trim levels, Ford is adding a new Fusion Platinum at the top of the range. Offered with the Hybrid, Energi, and 2.0-liter EcoBoost powertrains, this luxurious model has a more upscale interior swathed in Cocoa and Venetian leather that appears to give the Lincoln MKZ a run for its money. The Fusion Platinum also gets a chrome mesh grille and different wheels to set it apart from the Titanium, and should come standard with nearly every option available in the Fusion range. The cost for all this luxury comes in at $37,495 with destination for the standard gasoline model, while the Platinum Hybrid starts a bit higher, at $37,895, and the plug-in Platinum Energi is $41,995.
Pricing is up only slightly for the rest of the 2017 Ford Fusion lineup, with the starting price for the base S going up by just $10, to $22,995 with destination. The 2017 Fusion Hybrid, at $26,060, stays the same, while the 2017 Fusion Energi actually gets a price reduction of $780, down to $33,995 with destination. Most versions of the 2017 Ford Fusion are set to reach dealerships this spring, with the Fusion V6 Sport coming a few months later during the summer.