New 2017 Fusion Energi Gets Price Cut, Adds Higher Trim Level

1 year ago by Jay Cole 21

What Could It Be Under There?

What Could It Be Under There?

Ford recently teased a new plug-in offering before the big auto show in Detroit this month, and while speculation ran wild that under the cover was something all-new from Ford (not from us, we nailed it), it ended up being a refreshed 2017 Fusion Energi.

...It's The Refreshed Fusion

…It’s The Refreshed Fusion

The new 2017 Fusion Energi sports a new look, a much higher tech package, and a promise of an undisclosed refinement of the e-drivetrain and efficiency/range abilities.

“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

And while the Fusion Energi reveal was mostly a let down for those hoping to hear on Ford’s expected 200 mile EV announcement, or the oft-rumored Focus Energi, or even a much improved battery and range in the Fusion Energi itself – the news of a price cut is still a welcome one.

2017 Ford Fusion Sport (ICE) New Tech Feature List

2017 Ford Fusion New Tech Feature List (Sport-ICE shown)

The new pricing was discovered by CarsDirect as they leafed though the recently released order guides for the 2017 Fusion Energi.

As for all the new fancy options on the refreshed Energi (details), those are all packed into a new premium (Platinum if you will) trim level, that starts ~$6,000 higher than the former top-of-the-line Titanium package.

“The 2017 Fusion Energi SE Luxury will start at $33,995 with destination, $780 less than the 2016 model. However, the biggest change is a $1,610 price cut on the Titanium model, which will start at $34,995. A new top-spec Platinum version will start at $41,995 and come standard with the latest safety tech.”

This also marks the 4th price cut (here, here) in the models history…our apologies to those who bought the base car just over two years ago for $39,495 (+ $795 dst).

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21 responses to "New 2017 Fusion Energi Gets Price Cut, Adds Higher Trim Level"

  1. Absidu says:

    Why they do not implement new LG Chem batteries that already exist?

    1. liberty says:

      They use LG chem on the focus. But panasonic on these engergi cars. Seemed like a wise move when introduced by a redesign for lithium polymer like LG is making for hyundai may be better for a full redesign. I think Ford is waiting this out. Who knows what panasonic/Tesla will offer from the gigafactory in a year.

  2. Texas FFE says:

    The things new that my 2015 Energi Titanium doesn’t have that interest me are perpendicular park assist and stop and go ACC. These are just software changes. Maybe Ford will offer a software upgrades for 2015 models.

    I wonder what the differences are between the Titanium and the new Platium trim levels. ACC was an option on my Titanium, it’s probably standard on the Platinum.

    I wish my FFE had these features. The FFE is the car I use to commute and stop and go ACC would be very useful in rush hour traffic.

  3. Stimpy says:

    It seems a bit morally questionable when only the richest get all the safety features. I feel like the safety related items are something that should be, at minimum, available on all trims.

    1. Stimpy says:

      …and this is not a Ford thing. Seems to be an industry trend in general.

      1. Nix says:

        Yes, your are right. For example, for decades the Mercedes S class have gotten new safety features well ahead of other vehicles.

        Just like EV technology, safety features start in expensive cars, and then slowly work their way down to cheap cars.

    2. Vexar says:

      The government has certain safety minimums. What you’re alluding to is that all options for safety should be mandates. That will make it so all cars are created equally when it comes to safety, which makes them much more expensive. That means fewer people can afford cars. How is this a moral issue, though? It’s free market capitalism. Some people just want a car and don’t share your views on “no price is too much for safety.” Your proposal amounts to socialist engineering, which I find absolutely queer to say out loud. If you take a look at Tesla vehicles, they are not engineered equally. The Roadster was designed with far less safety in mind. It didn’t boast 5(point four) stars in the NHTSA crash testing. Will the Model III have the same safety ratings as the X and S? Time will tell. Until then, Don’t judge people who sell a small, cheap car so lower income people can afford a vehicle which meets certain safety minimums but won’t let them survive falling off a cliff, a mud slide, being rear-ended by a semi truck, t-boned by a BMW 5-series going 50+ mph, or crashing through two concrete walls, an electrified fence and landing in a tree.

      1. Tim says:

        I think what Stimpy is trying to say is safety features such as backup camera, ACC, auto braking, and such should be options at all trim level. yes you can buy the car with no extra features for cheap or you can pay $1k for X feature and that is on you instead of needing to by the top trim level that costs $5k to allow for you to have the option to pay another $1k for the safety feature you want.

        I understand that large companies like to bundle features for easier assembly as well as some of these features are not profitable without the higher trim levels.

        1. Vexar says:

          Tim, your clarification helps considerably, and my apologies for the potential misunderstanding. Stimpy’s point was to offer an available option for purchase at any trim versus a forced standard. Like seat belts used to be, then shoulder belts, and perhaps even air bags, long ago.
          Based on that, my speculation is that it is Ford’s experience that, in their sales experience, customers would much rather pay for a leather upgrade or more cup holders than a safety feature they don’t understand.
          I wonder how government budgets would look if people could pick and choose the options they wanted to support, like welfare programs, defense, education, space research and safety organizations.

          1. Nix says:

            If people were allowed to choose where their money went, the Federal Department of Boob and Penis Enlargement would be overflowing with money, while our infrastructure crumbled.

            Watch “Idiocracy”.

            1. Vexar says:

              Its description in IMDB shows it to be a visual re-telling of Ray Bradbury’s short story: Morons!
              Denmark has an incentives program for citizen (not immigrant) population growth which roughly fits into your admittedly vulgar description. Truth is stranger than fiction, in this case.

            2. ModernMarvelFan says:

              “Watch “Idiocracy”.”

              Only need to watch the first 2 minutes…

              The movie is kind of disturbing because if we look around us and we easily find “many examples” of the specific point that movie is trying to convey…

    3. Texas FFE says:

      ACC is a very important safety feature and I agree that it should be standard on all cars. But it is a relatively new technology. Just like air-conditioning and regular cruise control, give ACC time and it should be more common than not.

      That being said, ACC is so important and could prevent so many accidents that I wouldn’t be surprised if the governments step and eventually mandate ACC on all cars just like brake lights.

      1. Vexar says:

        Is it more important than front-facing air bags? Every safety feature adds at least some weight and typically high cost to a vehicle. I’d be willing to trade out air bags for ACC. It’s not like I don’t see the value. The cost has to come from somewhere.

  4. kdawg says:

    Is the battery size the same? What’s the price after the tax credit now?

  5. Nix says:

    “our [THANKS] to those who bought the base car just over two years ago for $39,495 (+ $795 dst)”

    Fixed.

    We all appreciate the early adopters who put their money where their mouth is, and created the market for plug-ins. Without early adopters taking a leap of faith, we wouldn’t have these lower priced cars today.

    1. Sting777 says:

      They are the True American HERO’s.

  6. Nix says:

    Very nice looking car by the way. The tech just needs to catch up with the looks.

  7. Koenigsegg says:

    looks alright, but it looks cheap and bland

    1. Texas FFE says:

      You have the right to your opinion of course but most people think the Fusion is a starship especially the ones with the upper trim levels. Have you ever driven one? What are you comparing it to?

  8. Martin says:

    I have a 2015 ford energi titanium and can tell you unless Ford ups the battery range of this car to be competitive with all the other offerings for 2017…
    They will not sell!
    Just offer the hybrid and throw in the towel on the phev market until you want to compete and offer a useful range of at least 60-100 miles. Most cars will be around 200-300 by 2018 with today’s battery improvements.
    So for me I am disappointed and will dump my antiquated ford for a current event of 2017 best offerings.