Ford really wants to dominate the US market in the sedan segment. If we look at sales chart of a particular model, we can see that they aren’t kidding. Ford Fusion saw the daylight in 2005 when almost 17.000 units were sold. The interesting part is that in 2006 there were 142.502 sold vehicles. If you do the math correctly it’s a whopping jump of 739%. In plain words, seven hundred and thirty-nine percent. Just for you to see it wasn’t a typo. So the sales were growing from year to year to reach 300.000 Fusion’s sold in 2015 in the US. The second generation was unveiled 2012, carmaker decided to update its looks. So updated 2017 Ford Fusion was unveiled at North American International Auto Show in January this year. Well, what new can we expect from it? To put it simply, new trim levels.
2017 Ford Fusion – Base Redesign
In addition to slight changes of the base model in the form of redesigned front grille that is now wider and sleeker and rear end with some chrome accents 2017 Ford Fusion also comes with new wheels. And that’s not all, new Fusion will also come with LED headlights and LED rear lights. Other than that, the main thing as we mentioned before are new trims and there are two of them. So let’s talk about those. To compete with other mid-size like Mazda 6, Chevrolet Malibu and Honda Accord, Ford introduced Sport and Platinum trim levels.
2017 Ford Fusion – Sport
It wouldn’t be called Sport without a powerful engine. The Duratec inline 4-cylinder engine is gone, and 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 will take its place with an output of 325 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. We can say that will probably be enough for power hungry enthusiasts. It comes with six-speed automatic transmission and AWD as standard. Not only that, but the exterior is also changed. Designers added black diamond-like mesh grille on the front of 2017 Ford Fusion Sport. In addition for Sport trim, you will also get 19-inch wheels with Goodyear Eagle performance radials. Added deck lid spoiler and dual exhaust system will further beautify this model as well as make it more efficient.
Another important thing to mention is that carmaker engineered chassis with firmer damper, anti-roll bar, and spring-rate calibrations, especially for Fusion Sport. In other words, every three milliseconds it reads the road and automatically adjusts shock absorbers to give you comfy ride as possible. Chief engineer of Fusion calls it “pothole detection”.
On the inside, on the centre console, there is no more shift lever. Ford engineers replaced it with a rotary knob. Since this is Sports model, you also get paddle shifts behind the steering wheel. Those are also available as an option on some other trim levels.
2017 Ford Fusion – Platinum
To really justify its trim level name, Ford added many features that you can also find in higher priced mid-size sedans. With a selection of this trim, you’ll get power moonroof, universal garage opener and Nappa leather seats with heating and cooling option. Other than that exterior is also slightly changed. Designers added grille like the one on Sport trim, but instead of black, you’ll get chrome design. When it comes to powertrain, Platinum comes with 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 and six-speed automatic transmission. You can also have Platinum in combination with Ford Hybrid and Ford Energi.
2017 Ford Fusion – Trims, Prices, And MPG
For 2017 Ford Fusion is available right now and with added trims, there are in total 12 combinations. Their names, price, and EPA ratings are listed below from lowest to highest price.
|Name||Price||EPA estimate MPG|
|Fusion Energi SE||$31.120||104/91|
|Fusion Energi Titanium||$32.120||104/91|
|Fusion Energi Platinum||$39.120||104/91|