2016 Detroit Auto Show LIVE: Ford delivers facelifted 2017 Fusion V6 Sport [gallery] image

The 2017 Fusion is not only coming with a mid life cycle upgrade but also sporting a completely new version – the V6 engined Sport, presented at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford aims to take a stronger hold of the family sedan segment by appealing to the inner sporty consciousness of the drivers – all the way trying “to leave other family sedans – including Honda Accord and Toyota Camry – in the dust.” Under the hood sits this new heart: a biturbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine unleashing 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque – all this raw power will safely get to the asphalt thanks to the use of an all-wheel drive system. The second largest US automaker also stressed the new Fusion V6 Sport comes packing around 100 lb-ft and almost 50 hp more than its fierce segment competitors – the Camry and Accord. Coming alongside the Fusion Sport is the reworked six-speed automatic transmission and a continuously controlled damping suspension. Additionally, the entire Fusion range has been facelifted – this particular version boasts such cosmetic tweaks as big 19-inch wheels, blacked-out grille, and quad exhaust end tips.

The regular 2017 Fusion has been updated to also come in a more upscale Platinum variant that sits as the flagship above the previous Titanium range-topper. It has a unique front grille with Magnetic coating, 19-inch polished wheels as well as antiqued Cocoa & Venetian leathers. The Fusion Platinum comes packing the EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine with AWD. The Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrid) versions have mild updates including software upgrades for a better driving feel – while the electric motors deliver now increased all-electric range and better fuel economy. Pricing starts at $22,995 for the entry-level Fusion, with the Sport guise offered at $34,350 and the new Platinum coming in for at least $37,495.