The 2017 Ford Fusion facelift has arrived at the North American International Auto Show and it brought along a V6 engine.

It turns out the rumor is true as Ford is indeed launching a V6-powered Fusion "to leave other family sedans - including Honda Accord and Toyota Camry - in the dust." At its heart is a biturbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine generating a projected 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque channeled to an all-wheel drive system. The Blue Oval company emphasizes the fact it has around 100 lb-ft and almost 50 hp more power than segment rivals Camry and Accord.

Besides the stronger engine, the Fusion Sport also gets a tuned six-speed automatic transmission and a continuously controlled damping suspension. It has received a serious of cosmetic tweaks to boost its visual appeal, such as the large 19-inch wheels, blacked-out grille, and quad exhaust tips.

In other news, the 2017 Fusion facelift lineup now includes a more luxurious Platinum trim positioned above the Titanium variant. It comes with a bespoke front grille finished in Magnetic paint, 19-inch polished wheels, and antiqued Cocoa & Venetian leathers. Ford will sell the Fusion Platinum with an EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine linked to an AWD arrangement.

As for the Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi (plug-in hybrid) models, these two come with software revisions to enable a smoother and more engaging drive. In addition, the electric motors have gone through some changes to deliver increased all-electric range and improved fuel economy.

All 2017 Fusion models will take advantage of Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment system, upgraded cruise control, pedestrian protection, and better parking feature with support for perpendicular maneuvers.

Pricing kicks off at $22,995 for the base Fusion, followed by the Sport trim at $34,350, and the Platinum model from $37,495.

Source: Ford

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