2017 Ford Fusion Energi Gets New Look, Better MPG, Improved Electric Driving

1 year ago by Mark Kane 28

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

At the 2016 NAIAS, Ford presented the new 2017 Ford Fusion, calling it the “smartest, most technology-packed Fusion ever.”

That relates to the conventional, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models.

NAIAS brings a new version, 2017 Ford Fusion Sport, with V6 engine and AWD, but it’s not electric.

On the plug-in side, Ford states better fuel economy is expected for the 2017 model and that electric-mode refinements have been made:

“Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi: New Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi lead America’s best-selling lineup of plug-in hybrids. New software in both hybrids delivers an even more refined and engaging drive for customers, while more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving.”

Info on Fusion Energi is scarce. There is still a 7.6 kWh battery, so we don’t expect changes in EV range. Electric mode works up to 85 mph and then the 2.0-liter gasoline engine fires up.

2017 Ford Fusion will offer the following:

  • pedestrian detection system
  • hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability
  • Lane-keeping assist helps drivers maintain proper lane position using a small, forward-facing camera behind the rearview mirror that “looks” at the road ahead – monitoring lane lines to ensure the car is on course.
  • Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS® enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with the standard rearview camera, BLIS makes for confident maneuvering in parking lots.
  • SYNC® 3, Ford’s new communications and entertainment system, is also available. It features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC Connect, optional with SYNC 3, enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using their smartphone.

The 2017 Fusion will go on sale in U.S. this summer. We expect the Energi model to follow shortly after the launch of the conventional and hybrid version.

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) - interior

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) – interior

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE)

Press blast:

Ford Unveils Smartest, Most Technology-Packed Fusion Ever, Including Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Versions of New Sedan

  • Class-exclusive combination of all-wheel drive and twin-turbocharged V6 engine pushes Ford Fusion V6 Sport to leave other family sedans – including Honda Accord and Toyota Camry – in the dust; Fusion even out-powers the 2016 BMW 340
  • Fusion Energi is the plug-in hybrid that stands out in a crowd – allowing customers to drive extended distances using just electricity, then operating as a conventional gas engine-powered hybrid when the battery runs low
  • Fusion is the first Ford car in North America with a pedestrian detection system; other advanced technologies include hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking and SYNC® 3

DETROIT, Jan. 11, 2016 – The new Ford Fusion continues to be a game changer among midsize sedans, with the most technologically advanced lineup ever – including two hybrid models and a new all-wheel-drive Fusion V6 Sport engineered to leave other family sedans in the dust.

Fusion V6 Sport and the new Fusion Platinum add to a lineup featuring three EcoBoost® engine choices, along with two hybrids, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid – something neither Toyota nor Honda offers midsize sedan shoppers.

“Fusion offers people a lot more car – including helpful technology, beautiful design and a more rewarding driving experience than other midsize sedans,” said Raj Nair, Ford executive vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development.

  • Fusion V6 Sport: Fusion V6 Sport is a performance sedan unlike anything in the segment with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 delivering a projected 325 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. 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
  • Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi: New Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi lead America’s best-selling lineup of plug-in hybrids. New software in both hybrids delivers an even more refined and engaging drive for customers, while more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy and a purer range of electric driving
  • Fusion Platinum: Fusion Platinum is designed for those seeking even greater levels of refinement and craftsmanship in a midsize sedan. With available award-winning 2.0-liter EcoBoost and all-wheel drive, the real story is the interior experience. Instrument and door trim panels are wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather, and the hand-wrapped steering wheel is finished in premium Venetian leather. A unique grille finished in Magnetic paint makes for an upscale design and 19-inch polished wheels return confident performance

Together, Fusion V6 Sport, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, and Fusion Platinum offer three different flavors of an award-winning lineup for midsize sedan customers.

Fusion V6 Sport adds continuously controlled damping for real-time suspension tuning based on setup and road inputs. The system features pothole detection technology that, in less than the blink of an eye, adjusts the shock absorbers to greatly reduce the severity of impact transmitted to occupants. Power and handling are complemented by unique, performance-inspired style inside and out. The look is distinguished by an aggressive exterior with deeper air intakes and a gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets.

Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi are technology-packed electrified vehicles that offer an advanced EcoGuide system to provide drivers real-time coaching to get even better fuel economy. Fusion Energi features a 7.6-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery for an expected range of 19 miles using electric power only. The car automatically switches to an efficient 2.0-liter gasoline engine when the battery is depleted, allowing customers to drive more than 500 miles.

Ford continues to innovate and evolve with its lithium-ion batteries that save weight and take up less space than the less sophisticated nickel-metal hydride batteries found in Toyota Camry Hybrid. Neither Camry nor Accord offers a plug-in hybrid.

Recharging Fusion Energi can be done overnight in just 2.5 hours. The car is smart enough to know when to begin charging to get electricity at the lowest price. It can even preheat or precool the cabin before drivers leave to save more fuel.

Both electrified Fusions deliver impressive overall performance with electric-only speeds up to 85 mph. Regenerative braking captures up to 95 percent of the energy lost through heat during braking and recharges the hybrid battery on the move.

Meaningful technology
Fusion is the most technologically advanced midsize car Ford has ever built in North America – the first car sold here with Ford’s pedestrian detection system. Fusion also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. The new high-tech gear shift dial results in a roomier cabin with easy-to-reach bins.

Lane-keeping assist helps drivers maintain proper lane position using a small, forward-facing camera behind the rearview mirror that “looks” at the road ahead – monitoring lane lines to ensure the car is on course.

Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic – unseen by the driver – is detected. BLIS® enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with the standard rearview camera, BLIS makes for confident maneuvering in parking lots.

SYNC® 3, Ford’s new communications and entertainment system, is also available. It features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC Connect, optional with SYNC 3, enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using their smartphone.

The new Fusion arrives at dealerships this summer. Fusion V6 Sport follows a few weeks later.

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28 responses to "2017 Ford Fusion Energi Gets New Look, Better MPG, Improved Electric Driving"

  1. pvwowk says:

    My only real question is if they’ll move the battery out of the trunk.

    1. bro1999 says:

      Not without a total redesign. I think the ’17 Fusion is just a facelift….so it will likely have the same tiny trunk as the current Energi.

    2. Sting777 says:

      If they FINALLY updated this 4-5 year old battery they could drop the size and increase trunk space.

  2. David Murray says:

    That’s disappointing that it didn’t get a range boost. I was hoping for at least a 30% improvement just from new chemistry, just like most of the 2nd generation plugins are getting.

    1. Absidu says:

      +1.
      Seem very strange, especially after range boost for Focus Electric (same LG Chem cells). Fusion unlike Focus was sold in hundreds every month.
      I bet new details will appear, they are not so stupid.

    2. Sting777 says:

      Ford Mgmt may be on the slow side.
      You don’t need brains to be CEO.

  3. ggpa says:

    It is sad the battery is so small … Volt is still the leader in PHEV tech

    1. Ziv says:

      I can’t believe they aren’t finding a way to get at LEAST 10 kWh of pack into this car. It is a very nice car but the short AER is really lame.

    2. Mike says:

      They could improve range with a new chemistry, but there isn’t room for a physically larger battery pack because the current one pretty much takes up the entire trunk.

      I took one out for a test drive and the Fusion is a really nice car, but you can store about as much stuff in the glove box as you can in the trunk. Who buys a mid-sized car without a trunk?

      1. TX NRG says:

        The trunk is actually quite usable. We fill ours every week with a week’s worth of groceries for a family of 4.

        Was hoping they would add a few more kWh to the pack using increased battery density and the collision avoidance tech from the Mondeo with this refresh.

  4. Brian says:

    I too am dissappointed. I was hoping for an improvement to the battery; either a larger capacity (kWh) or a smaller volume.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Too late and waaay Too little….

  6. Josh says:

    Man, what a missed opportunity.

    An AWD plug-in Sport version would have had me back for a 2nd test drive. Guess I will wait for the next gen.

    1. Sting777 says:

      Yep. In the year 2000, AWD would be King, and Leadership.
      This alone is 15 YEARS LATE.

  7. Speculawyer says:

    “still a 7.6 kWh battery”

    FAIL.

  8. MikeG says:

    Ford sells EVs?

    1. Brian says:

      If you count anything with a plug as an EV, then Ford sold more EVs than anyone outside of Tesla in 2015.

  9. Ken Sherman says:

    These are not LG Chem cells. The Focus electric uses LG Chem. The hybrids and PHEVs use higher power density and higher cycling ability cells from Panasonic if I’m not mistaken. Usually less energy dense by the way.

    I’m disappointed in Ford as well. They finally make an announcement and I’m not impressed. Why not use the 1.0 Ecoboost triple in the hybrid and PHEV? It’s an option in the ICE only (Mondeo) on the other side on the pond.

  10. ggpa says:

    Don’t you all love PR speak … what is “a purer range of electric driving” ?

  11. Patrick says:

    I know this is a ev site but a 2.7TT Ecoboost with 325hp would be a hoot in a Fusion. Id rather see the “sport” be a awd EV but thats a few years off im afraid.

  12. After all those teaser images, this is what they were leading up to? Did I miss something? I wouldn’t think a refresh was worth mentioning…

    1. Durkle says:

      Especially a refresh where they didn’t at all change the powertrain… every model year will get a bit different software, I see nothing that makes this one any different!

  13. Martin says:

    Fusion energi will become the volt of the past … No sales!
    Ford said in the past they could build and compete with tesla however now is the year to do it… Not when ford is a footnote and has become the Yugo of the plug in hybrid lines.
    Every other manufacturer is surpassing them in 16 & 17!
    I will switch to one of those now.

    1. Sting777 says:

      What else can you do?
      Brand loyalty only goes so far.

      Is Ford afraid they’ll have to hire an AMERICAN Electrical Engineer?

  14. Josh says:

    I asked on the Ford sales post also…

    Is Ford done at NAIAS? Is there really nothing new relating to plugs and Ford? What about autonomous drive with Google?

    I feel like I must have just missed it or it hasn’t happened yet.

  15. jimbay802 says:

    The lease on my Energi is up in July and I was hoping that Ford would have an equal the Chevy Volt.

    Guess not

  16. Phr3d says:

    If they don’t have a Killer competitor in NAIAS ’17, Ford could be in real trouble. I hope they are quietly working on a real market-innovator as the clock is ticking loudly.
    Ground up New is what is DUE.

  17. james says:

    Wish I could put those headlight on my 2013 Fusion…