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    Spying: Ford Fusion Readies For Its Debut At Detroit

      We get an early look at the 2017 Ford Fusion

    We're sure Ford would like to have kept their 2017 Fusion refresh a secret till next Monday where it debut at the Detroit Auto Show. But two different spy photographers have caught the 2017 Fusion with no camouflage.

     

    The front gets a new oval-ish grille shape with a mesh insert and reshaped headlights. There is also a more aggressive air intake in the center of the bumper. Around back is are a set of reshaped taillights. Sadly, we don't have any shots of what the interior will look like, but we expect Ford's SYNC 3 to play a big role.

     

    One item that is still up the air is whether or not there will be a performance oriented Fusion ST that we first saw back in September.

     

    We'll learn more about the 2017 Fusion when it debuts on January 11th. In the meantime, you can follow all 2016 Detroit Auto Show news here.

     

    Source: Autoblog, Motor Trend

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    I think it looks good. Nice, small refresh. I do with the chrome around the grille was matte and not chrome though... 

     

    Who thinks the ST will get the 2.3?

    Who thinks the ST will get the 2.7?

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    Well, before I was just partial to the car, but now I'll go say what I think is a latent discovery of mine.

     

    ...and remember, I hate FWD, I disagree with newfangled hybrids and electrics from at times weak value propositions, and I really am a GMC kind of guy anyways. 

     

    I'm a sucker for this car. And it's actually not the front end of this car that I'm particularly drawn too. It's the side profile. The car looks soooo long in person and it looks every part as a classy, well-to-do sedan that is colloquially known as a white-collar 'managerial sedan'. That's referring to well-made gentlemen and ladies.

     

    Okay okay.. it's just a decent looking family sedan. Nothing exceptional here anymore...but I haplessly attribute those concepts to the car. That's very hard for any vehicle to do to me. Basically GMC Denali, and Cadillac and Camaro, and Mustang GT350, and now Fusion as well as all of Mazdas have achieved this peak to me. 

     

    It's one of the older cars in its segment now, so it really has to sell a lot on the strength of the Fusion branding and equity built into One Ford styling.

     

    But it's a car that has paid its dues when it comes to identifying a differentiation strategy to not necessarily compete on price. I'd say without incentives, the Fusion is a weak value proposition across it's entire line. And it's a fault that is readily apparent.

     

    But with unmistakable looks for its segment, like the Mazda 6, it's a very good sedan nonetheless.

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    Dont like it!

    Dont like the front end at all.

    I much prefer the  original face.

    But a refresh is necessary.

    Not that it's bad looking, the 2017 Fusion will still look good, but perfection was had with the 2013. Hence why I dont like it. I feel like its a slight step backwards.

     

    However, there are possibly 2 things that I LOVE about the new 2017 Fusion.

     

    1. the idea of a ST and/or a RS with the possibility of a 2.3 liter ecoboost 4 and/or a 2.7 liter ecoboost 6.

     

    2. the interior: The gated shifter going away in favor of a dial.

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    The idea seems to be to make it look like a Mustang in the front grille  instead of the Aston.. which it seems to be moving away from. Personally I never saw anything great about it to the point of styling.. beyond that one copy attempt.. the rest of the car literally looks generic... Make mine a Chevy.. Malibu in this segment. They put some thought in it.

     

    I will give Ford props if the 315HP 2.7L Ecoboost goes into production. 

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    I think on the whole the 2008-2012 Fusions and Malibus really restored a lot of equity in American family sedans that had been lost to other brands for so long.

     

    This may be just a slight refresh of the car, but even trudging through what seem like some of the longest and yet shortest 4 years on the market, this car has built a name for itself.

     

    It's the elderly statesman to the ambitious Malibu and the italian olive-oil slick 200. There's a lot of benefits to being in the position of any of them, because damn, you have stylish and very differentiated products from American makes, and finally all concurrently.

     

    I hope they continue to feed off of each other's successes. 

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    I am surprised that nobody noticed how this was a Sport model, which is new to the lineup.  

    Sport should include the 2.3L GTDI and a bit more 'sport' to go along with it.

    An ST would be the next level.

     

    And sorry, offering excitement in both brands does NOT render one useless.  It only accentuates both.

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    I am surprised that nobody noticed how this was a Sport model, which is new to the lineup.  

    Sport should include the 2.3L GTDI and a bit more 'sport' to go along with it.

    An ST would be the next level.

     

    And sorry, offering excitement in both brands does NOT render one useless.  It only accentuates both.

    sorry Wings...

     

    The MKZ is a carbon copy of a Fusion.

     

    Same interior, with minor changes. To the naked eye, it is the SAME interior.

     

    Sport model or no, a 300 horsepower plus V6 ecoboost monikered Fusion, even only at 2.7 liters, making it a whole liter smaller than the MKZ is stepping on the MKZ's toes...

     

    Some people already have a hard time accepting the Lincoln's higher price tag, and if a Fusion gains a 6 cylinder, it will be tougher still for people to justify paying more for a MKZ, especially when aesthetically, the Fusion is waaaay better looking. Imagine if US regulations allowed Ford to offert Ford's trick  Dynamic LED Headlight system?  A cool and luxurious feature on a Ford product...

     

    And...let us not forget that that the MKZ has once again gone through another face lifted change...

     

    You could BS me all day long about Lincoln keeping it fresh, the reality is that Lincoln is desperately trying to peddle the MKZ, and failing!

    So, they try to incorporate a Continental face on it, because the Continental create a little buzz...

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    Sorry, I disagree olds.  And pretty much everything steps on the toes of something else to some degree.  That blanket statement does not mean much.

    Sorry Wings, but your blanket statement says even less than mine...

     

    Mine at least has a thought process involving Lincoln sedan failures since 2001...

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    Fine then olds, Lincoln will suffer and lose sales in your opinion, if Ford decides to offer a Fusion with more power.

     

    Whatever.

     

    Great statement. Makes a lot of sense.  Good for you.  

     

    Lincoln HAS been suffering...

    Lincoln has been suffering since 2001...

     

    Lincoln at THAT point in time was North America's top selling luxury car brand...

    Fast Forward to 2015 and the crown goes to BMW...and Lincoln waaaaaay waaaaaay below....in disgrace.

     

    1. In between  2001 and 2015, Alan Mulally was hired over from Boeing to save FoMoCo.

     

    2. FoMoCo. mortgaged all their assets including the trademarks of the Blue Oval Logo itself and "Mustang" so they dont go bankrupt.

     

    3. Mercury was killed off.

     

    4. Mulally decided to go "One Ford" strategy.

     

    5. Lincoln was slowly being phased off.

     

     

    I suggest you stop the condescending shyte...because your reality is the one that is muddled...not mine!

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    Fine then olds, Lincoln will suffer and lose sales in your opinion, if Ford decides to offer a Fusion with more power.

     

    Whatever.

     

    Great statement. Makes a lot of sense.  Good for you.  

     

    Lincoln HAS been suffering...

    Lincoln has been suffering since 2001...

     

    Lincoln at THAT point in time was North America's top selling luxury car brand...

    Fast Forward to 2015 and the crown goes to BMW...and Lincoln waaaaaay waaaaaay below....in disgrace.

     

    1. In between  2001 and 2015, Alan Mulally was hired over from Boeing to save FoMoCo.

     

    2. FoMoCo. mortgaged all their assets including the trademarks of the Blue Oval Logo itself and "Mustang" so they dont go bankrupt.

     

    3. Mercury was killed off.

     

    4. Mulally decided to go "One Ford" strategy.

     

    5. Lincoln was slowly being phased off.

     

     

    I suggest you stop the condescending shyte...because your reality is the one that is muddled...not mine!

     

     

    Great list of irrelevant facts.

    I suppose I could come up with a list as well, but I currently have to watch the pretty snow fall instead.

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