Better looking and possibly more efficient. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Jan. 11, 2016 2017 Ford Fusion - HEV and PHEV pricing and efficiency details will be announced closer to launch. At this years #NAIAS, Ford introduced their new 2017 Fusion midsize sedan, the most technologically ladened offering ever released. Within our #NAIAS Detroit’s 2016 North American International Auto Show coverage, we had the opportunity to look over the 2017 Ford Fusion. My commentary came down to this. A V6 Sport and new Platinum trim go along with three EcoBoost engine choices and of course the two we are interested in, the HEV and PHEV. Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi PHEV New Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi PHEV incorporate new software to delivers a more refined drive while more efficient electric motors are expected to contribute to better fuel economy. The Platinum trim with the 2.0L EcoBoost and AWD gain new instruments, door trim panels are wrapped in antiqued Cocoa leather, and the hand-wrapped steering wheel is finished in premium Venetian leather. A unique grille finished in Magnetic paint makes for an upscale design and 19-inch polished wheels return confident performance. 2017 Ford Fusion Sport trim shown. Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi PHEV offer an even more advanced EcoGuide system to provide drivers real-time feedback to improve efficiency. The Fusion Energi PHEV features a 7.6 kWh Li-Ion pack for an expected 19 miles of all-electric range. The car automatically switches to its 2.0L gas engine as a full hybrid when the battery is depleted, allowing more than 500 total miles of range. Recharging the PHEV can be done overnight in 2.5 hours on a level2 thanks to the onboard 3.6 kW charger. The car can be programmed to begin charging when electricity is at the lowest price as well. It can even preheat or precool the cabin before drivers leave to save more fuel. 2017 Ford Fusion Sport trim shown. Both electrified Fusions deliver impressive overall performance with electric-only speeds up to 85 mph. Regenerative braking captures up to 95 percent of the energy lost through heat during braking and recharges the hybrid battery on the move. The 2017 Fusion will be the company’s first car sold in North America to include an optional pedestrian detection system. Fusion also has hands-free parallel and perpendicular parking capability. The new high-tech gear shift dial results in a roomier cabin with easy-to-reach bins. Lane-keeping assist uses a small, forward-facing camera behind the rearview mirror that “looks” at the road ahead monitoring lane lines to ensure the car is on course. Available Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert includes sensors in the car’s rear quarter-panels that can detect traffic in a driver’s blind spot, providing both audible and visual warnings if traffic is detected. BLIS enables cross-traffic alert, warning the driver of oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space with obstructed views. In combination with the standard rearview camera, BLIS makes for confident maneuvering in parking lots. 2017 Ford Fusion Sport trim shown. SYNC 3, Ford’s latest communications and entertainment system, is also available. It features faster performance, more conversational voice recognition, a more intuitive smartphone-like touch screen and easier-to-understand graphical interface. SYNC Connect, optional with SYNC 3, enables owners to remotely start their car, schedule future starts, or lock and unlock the car using their smartphone. I hope SYNC 3 works as intended but it is the new more efficient motors within the HEV/PHEV that has me the most interested. 2017 Ford Fusion The new Fusion arrives at Ford dealerships this summer.