325-horsepower. All-wheel-drive. Yes, we’re talking about the new Ford Fusion V6 Sport.
Ford unveiled its refreshed 2017 Fusion lineup Monday at where else, the Detroit Auto Show and the biggest news is that Ford’s third-best selling vehicle is getting a new all-wheel-drive V6 Sport model. A 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine (the same one in the F-150) is good for 325-horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. In terms of handling, it will also come with an adaptive damping system that can detect potholes and automatically adjust the shocks to minimize impact.
Now that’s a Fusion to love.
Ford hopes the Sport model will set the Fusion above and beyond its competition. Here what the automaker has to say in its press release.
All-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport is projected to make approximately 100 lb.-ft. of additional torque and nearly 50 more horsepower than the 3.5-liter V6 engines in Toyota Camry and Honda Accord.
Ford also claims it “out-powers the 2016 BMW 340”.
Ok now that we’ve talked power, let’s get to the rest of it. The 2017 Fusion gets minor tweaks to the body and interior, as well as with the suspension. As you might imagine, it also gets updates to its driver-assist technology. Also, 2017 Fusions and other Fords with SYNC 3 will get support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay starting this spring.
The other big change for 2017 is that the Fusion will also come in a Platinum trim level for the first time. That means it will get Ford’s premium treatment with high-quality leathers, 19-inch wheels and a unique grille finished in Magnetic paint.
The Titanium, Platinum and Sport models get LED low, high and fog beam lamps plus signature light strips across the upper edge. The LED lighting is also included on SE models with a newly Lux option package.
Meanwhile, the refreshed Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi get new software and more efficient electric motors for better fuel economy.
The new Fusion arrives at dealerships this summer. The Fusion V6 Sport follows a few weeks later.