Prepared for 2017, Ford Fusion Hybrid is adorned by new touches here and there, in the outside and inside. It shares the similar cosmetic changes with other Ford Fusion sedan range but Ford added new additional trim level they called it Platinum.
The exterior carries several new items but you need to look closely to find the differences from the predecessor. The front end gets lower look thanks to the new wider grille. The eyes got prettier thanks to the new headlights. Ford put projector-beam style halogen lights for the base trim (S Model) and SE model. For Titanium and the new model Platinum, brighter and low energy LED lights are used. In the back, the LED taillights on all models are restyled with chrome spear.
While the exterior may not too noticeable, you can see the different instantly from the new metal wheel gear-selector dial. The look is different and the feel is different because it is now easy and smooth to change the gears. Since the traditional shifter is gone, a longer center armrest, phone storage, and two cup holders took over the space. To add the expensive feel, Ford installed new technology package, the Sync 3 system with 8.0-inch touchscreen to control phone, audio, and navigation.
The luxury trim, platinum models successfully add strength for Fusion Hybrid to compete with others in its class. The glove-soft leather upholstery called Venetian leather covers the interior beautifully. Driver-assistance technology become standard in Platinum model completed with automatic parking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and pre-collision alert.
For powertrain, Ford did not make any change with keeping a 141-hp 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder and 118-hp electric motor. Hence, the driving is the same as before. With a nice torque, the car is not quick but not slow either. Yet, one of the best things from Fusion is the active noise cancellation that delivers quiet driving, even in highway.