The word “Fusion” is usually used when it comes to mixing food styles or creating molecular reactions. It’s also used by Ford on its best-selling mid-size saloon segment, which now sports a new face and a sweet new twin-turbo V6 powerplant.
Known as the Ford Mondeo in some markets including ours, the current second-generation Fusion has been in the American market since 2013. Apart from the usual aesthetic makeover, Ford also introduced a brand new 325 hp 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6, making it the most powerful mid-size saloon in the American market. Mated with this engine is a six-speed automatic transmission, and having all its four wheels driven simulatously.
That hot Fusion, known as the Fusion V6 Sport, also benefits from a set of continuously controlled damping suspension, a black grille, 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler and dual twin exhaust outlets. Apart from the V6 Sport, there’s also the Fusion Platinum trim which slots above the Titanium trim. It receives cocoa and Venetian leathers to the cabin, 19-inch wheels, and a different grille.
Also updated in the Fusion across all trims is the new circular gear knob which replaces the traditional lever gear selector. An updated and more advanced SYNC3 infotainment system finds home in the refreshed model, now supporting Apple CarPlay and AndroidAuto throughout the model variant. Ford also introduced a new dual-scroll turbochargers for its 1.5 and 2.0 EcoBoost engines, with outputs of up to 200 hp and 250 hp respectively.
The new facelifted Fusion will be on sale starting May 2016. The standard Fusion begins at $22,995 (approx RM101,000 based on today’s conversion) while the much powerful V6 Sport is retailed at $34,350 (approx RM151,800). The Platinum is now the most expensive Fusion trim at $37,495 (approx RM165,000).