All-wheel drive, twin-turbo V6 Sport, luxury variants added to line-up
Ford debuted this month its updated 2017 model year Fusion – known elsewhere in the world as the Mondeo – at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.
Biggest news is the all-new, all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport, powered by a 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged, twin-cam, 24-valve EcoBoost V6 with 325 horsepower and 475 Newton-meters of torque. The company said in a statement that this model also comes with continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning based on set-up and road inputs, along with pothole-detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to reduce crashes over bumps. Apperance-wise, the V6 Sport adds deeper air intakes, a gloss-black-finish mesh front grill, 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler and dual exhaust pipes to the standard Fusion.
In addition, the company introduced the new, luxury-oriented Platinum line. This comes with instrument and door panels wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather and a hand-wrapped steering wheel finished in premium Venetian leather. Outside, a unique front grill finished in Magnetic paint and 19-inch polished wheels add a touch of class to the model, which can be ordered with either the Fusion’s standard or hybrid drive trains.
Updated hybrid line-up
Speaking of those hybrid drive trains, Ford said it has beefed up its Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid with software updates and more efficient electric motors. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter, twin-cam, 16-valve, Duratec inline-4 combined with an electric motor that produce a total of 188 horsepower and 240 Nm of torque. This is mated to a six-speed automatic for the Hybrid and a continuously variable transmission for the Energi.
Both variants get Ford’s EcoGuide system to provide drivers real-time coaching to get better fuel economy and can be driven at up to 137 kilometers per hour on electric power only. Meanwhile, the company said the Energi can be charged in just 2.5 hours and can even begin charging when electricity is at its lowest price (a feature Meralco wouldn’t be so happy about if it were sold here). It can even pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin before drivers leave to save more fuel from less use of the climate control.
New infotainment, safety features
Ford said the new Fusion is available with its new SYNC 3 infotainment system, which has faster performance, a more-conversational voice recognition system, a more intuitive, smart phone-like touchscreen and easier-to-understand menus. Optional is SYNC Connect, which enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts or lock and unlock the car using their smart phone.
The company has also kept the sedan’s safety features right up to date, starting with a pedestrian-detection system. It also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular-parking capability, along with lane-keeping assist that helps drivers maintain proper lane position using a small, forward-facing camera behind the rear-view mirror that monitors lane lines to ensure that the car is on course.
Also available is a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) that includes sensors in the car’s rear-quarter panels that can detect cars in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic is detected. BLIS also has rear cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views.
Ford said the updated Fusion will be on sale in the United States beginning summer 2016.