NAIAS 2016: 2017 Ford Fusion Is the New Domestic Mid-size (Ass) Hauler, Fo' SHO

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole
naias 2016 2017 ford fusion is the new domestic mid size ass hauler fo sho

Answering the question no one seemed to ask, Ford decided that its revised Fusion needed a boosted six next year and a wide menu of trims and powertrains to kill ‘em with quantity. When it goes on sale later this year, the Ford Fusion will come in no fewer than five different powertrain options: a 2.5-liter four, a 1.5-liter turbo four, a 2-liter turbo four, a 2.7-liter turbo six and a 2-liter hybrid four paired to different sized batteries.

If you’re not lost yet, there’s a new trim-topping Platinum class with Cocoa wood, 19-inch wheels and only the finest Venetian leather from the uplands of Venetia. Or something.

The new Fusion V6 Sport will boast a 2.7-liter turbocharged mill that cranks 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque when it goes on sale in the summer — fully 85 more horsepower than the 2-liter turbo four. The V-6 sports sedan, which is available in all-wheel drive only, will almost certainly tempt 6 seconds in a 0-60 mph dash, because there are no trails of rubber long enough when you leave the office.

Is this the new SHO?

Ford also said that recalibrated electric motors in its plug-in hybrid sedan will power that car for 19 miles on electrons alone, before switching over to its 2-liter four.

The new car will also sport the newest iteration of Ford’s SYNC, which will include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Despite the hubbub leading up to the North American International Auto Show, the Fusion Energi’s batteries seem largely untouched. A 7.3-kWh Li-ion pack is still included in the plug-in version of the sedan, the same size and battery capacity as the outgoing model.

And if you’re looking for more autonomous features in the Fusion — especially considering Ford just announced it was expanding its fleet of self-driving Fusions — you might want to wait longer: Ford didn’t announce any new features above lane-keep assist for the 2017 model.

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  • Mike Mike on Jan 12, 2016

    How are the Fusions holding up? My father in law's 2013 Edge Titanium is looking a bit ratty and he doesn't even have small kids. My next car will be in the garage for 10-12 years, so this is a concern of mine.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Jan 12, 2016

      @bball40dtw Eh you live and learn... that you're son in law knows more about used car valuation than you.

  • Lichtronamo Lichtronamo on Jan 12, 2016

    I like the exhausts - a subtle hint at the Q-Ship you're driving. A dual dial gauge cluster would be much better in a "sport" version of the car and since it's a parts bin piece no reason not to offer it here. Loss of shift lever is more progress, but at least the dial is better than the oversized, cheap buttons used in Lincolns. Now if we could only get the Mondeo Estate body in this sport trim (and preferably brown paint)...

  • Jkross22 Good for the seller selling at the right time. I don't see 7 grand here for a 30 year old 318i, but as the late John Candy said, "You don't make any calls, you don't make any sales."
  • Analoggrotto For Tesla owns the entire universe, General Motors is allowed to have part of the heavens on earth, but only true Tesla owners, the first and true followers of Elon Musk will see the purest of Elysium.
  • Probert The only extra port I see happening is a V2G outlet. I don't think the Tesla port supports this. To have both CCS and Tesla would involve masses of cabling and expense that would be absurd in a game of nickels and dimes.
  • FreedMike "So why Rampage and not Dakota?"I'd say it's because "Dakota" just doesn't provide the same measure of penile-sufficiency reassurance that "Rampage" does. In any case, like the Grand Wagoneer, I'm shocked they didn't do a midsized truck years ago.
  • VoGhost Mercedes wins!!!! Now lets compare sales.