The newly refreshed 2016 Ford Fusion has been revealed for the Detroit auto show today, debuting with a new all-wheel drive twin-turbocharged V6 and two revised hybrids. Ford describes this model as the most technology-packed Fusion ever.
Australia uses the Mondeo nameplate, with both vehicles sharing the same platform and some engines.
The updated Fusion enters the North American market as the first Ford with a pedestrian detection system, while also debuting automatic parallel and perpendicular parking in addition to the Sync 3 infotainment system.
New to the Fusion range is the Fusion V6 Sport, which uses a 2.7-litre turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that produces 243kW of power (325Hp) and 475Nm of torque (350lb.ft), and sends torque through an all-wheel drive drivetrain.
The Fusion V6 Sport features a continuous damping system that can read road conditions and even soften pothole blows transmitted to the cabin.
The aggressive design includes deeper air intakes, gloss black-finish mesh grille, 19 inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and dual exhaust outlets.
For the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid EV, Ford says that software revisions and a more efficient electric motor allow both to deliver better fuel efficiency and a more engaging drive.
Fusion Energi uses a 7.6kWh lithium-ion battery that is capable of travelling up to 31km (or 19 miles) on electric only mode.
The electric motor is mated to a 2.0-litre petrol engine that takes over once the battery pack is flat.
In the regular range, the Fusion Platinum aims to enhance the interior experience with the addition of antiqued Cocoa leather and a hand-wrapped steering wheel finished in a premium Venetian leather.
The unique grille is finished in a Magnetic paint, matched to 19-inch alloy wheels.
The latest version of Ford’s Sync infotainment system, Sync 3, features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition and a more intuitive touch screen.
Sync Connect allows owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts and remotely lock and unlock their vehicles.
It’s unclear at this stage if we can expect to see the Fusion Sport in Australia as a new flagship variant, while the Hybrid and Energi models are once again likely to pass us by.
Ford Australia remains quiet on the question of when, or even if, we’ll see this new look in local showrooms, with Ford of Europe – which supplies Australia’s Mondeo range – yet to confirm the update for its own production plans.