Ford has unveiled its updated Fusion mid-size sedan range at the Detroit Auto Show today, revealing a bevy of cosmetic upgrades alongside two new hybrid variants and a powerful new twin-turbo 2.7 litre V6 flagship.
With 242kW of power, 475Nm of torque, all-wheel drive and adaptive dampers, the Fusion V6 Sport is an energy-drink-swilling performance-oriented version of Ford's otherwise sensible sedan.
But not that you'd really tell from the outside. There are reprofiled bumpers at front and rear along with new alloy wheel designs, headlamps and tail lamps - typical mid-cycle update stuff - but the differences aren't all that stark.
For the V6 Sport, the Fusion scores more pronounced air intakes in the front bumper, 19-inch alloys, gloss black grille, a rear spoiler and twin exhaust outlets. Ford is also staying quiet on the subject of performance figures.
It also features adaptive dampers, which besides the usual "firmer for sportier driving" mode, can automatically detect potholes and soften up to reduce ride harshness.
The V6 Sport is joined by the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi, the former being a conventional petrol-electric hybrid and the latter a plug-in variant, which now receive software and electric motor updates to further boost efficiency.
For the plug-in Fusion Energi, an all-electric range of 30km is possible on a single 2.5-hour charge - enough for modest suburban commutes - and can travel at speeds up to 136km/h on electric power alone. Both use a 7.6kWh lithium-ion battery.
The 2017 Ford Fusion range also features Ford's new SYNC 3 infotainment system. A rotary gear selector also replaces the conventional stick-type selector
While the Fusion is in many respects the US equivalent of the Ford Mondeo currently sold here, there's no word when - or whether - the updates shown at Detroit will be applied to Australia-bound cars.
We've asked Ford Australia whether the Fusion V6 Sport could find its way to our shores as a high-performance Mondeo hero model (and possible alternative to the XR6 Turbo, but have yet to receive a response. We'll keep you posted.
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