One of the most exciting unveils from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit was the 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport. It’s the most recent addition to the small group of 4-door family sedans you might actually be excited to own but won’t break the bank. The Fusion Sport has two major things going for it: the potent 2.7L twin-turbocharged V6 taken from the F-150 and an AWD system.
In the F-150, the engine turned in the fastest 0-60 mph time of any full-size truck we’ve tested. The engine produces 325 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque (375 lb-ft in the F-150), that’s almost 50 more hp and 100 more lb-ft than can be found in the V6 engines in the Camry and Accord. Let’s hope the AWD system is up to the task of transferring power to the rear wheels when needed, or owners might be spending more on tires than on gas. Speaking of tires, they’ll be riding on 19-inch rims. Completing the sporty look will be a black mesh front grille, rear spoiler, and dual exhaust outlets.
Besides the V6 Sport, the refreshed 2017 Fusion will come in another interesting flavor, the plug-in hybrid Energi. Energi models come with a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery good for an electric-only range of 19 miles. After the battery is depleted, the 2.0L gasoline engine takes over.
On paper, the Fusion V6 Sport checks all the right boxes, power, AWD, and real-world functionality in an attractive package. Will it deliver on its promise to be a true sporting family hauler? We’ll have to wait to get our hands on one later this year to answer that. Prices start at $34,235 including destination. Roman had a chance to get this in-depth Everything You Ever Wanted to Know video of the car, check it out below.