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Follows Lead of Explorer and Edge

With the Sport trim levels of the Explorer and Edge off to a rousing success, Ford has introduced the new Fusion Sport that employs a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine. The model is in answer to consumer demands for a sportier version of the midsize sedan, which is already popular for its roominess, comfort, and hybrid option. “It’s not just Fusion buyers who want something hotter,” according to Fusion marketing manager Wade Jackson. “Owners of other midsize sedans, along with our dealers, ask repeatedly. So buyers get a 2.7-liter EcoBoost that makes 325 horsepower and a more impressive 380 pound-feet of torque.” Check in with the pros at Chapman Ford to see when the 2017 Fusion Sport will be making an appearance on the showroom floor.

New Fusion Sport Gives a Lot for the Money

Along with the power of the EcoBoost engine, the new Ford Fusion Sport comes with all-wheel drive standard along with the premium interior that is common to higher-end Fusion models and uncommon to competitors. “Cross-shoppers will be shocked by the bang for the buck our new Fusion Sport delivers,” Jackson said. The new Sport starts at $33,475, which is thousands less than comparable German sports sedans. The EcoBoost engine also outperforms competitors such as the BMW 535i, Audi A6 3.0T and Mercedes-Benz E400.

Sport Loaded With Special Features

Ford has spared no expense in loading up the 2017 Fusion Sport with tons of special features that enhance the driving experience. From the SYNC 3 infotainment system that uses state of the art voice recognition software to allow hands free control, to active noise control that keeps the cabin as quiet as your local library, Ford continues to create vehicles with the occupants in mind. Hill start assist helps you get going on those steep inclines without fear of sliding backwards, while three 12-volt power outlets make sure everyone’s electronics are always charged to the max. A tilt and telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle mounted shifters provides both comfort and the ability to get the most out of your new sport. Rear air vents, remote start and push button start are all standard features.

Fast Cars Need Top Safety Equipment

When a car has the power and torque of a Ford Fusion Sport, the safety features become even more important. When the Sport makes its way to Chapman Ford, take some time to look over the long list of safety amenities that includes dual stage airbags, side curtain airbags on both the front and back, and seat belt pretensioners. Sensor-driven driver assistance safety technology is also available on the new Fusion Sport.

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Drivers ‘Frustrated’ With Vehicle Range

One of the reasons that hybrid and electric vehicle sales have not been up to the expectations of industry experts is their lack of range. Known as “range anxiety,” consumers have repeatedly said they don’t trust the ability of an electric vehicle to always get them home without running out of power. Enter the new Ford Fusion Energi model that can travel up to 610 miles when the gas tank is full and the battery fully charged. It offers the most range of any plug-in hybrid on the market and should go a long way to relieve the frustration expressed by many consumers. Ford now offers six electrified vehicles, which you can see and test drive with a trip to Chapman Ford.

Poll Shows Drivers Underestimate Range

A Harris Poll conducted just a few months ago shows that most drivers think the highest range of any plug-in hybrid is just 261 miles. While that would be fine for most commutes, driving across the desert would leave you looking for a gas station and a place to charge up. “Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery,” according to Fusion marketing manager Wade Jackson, “then they work exactly like a conventional hybrid. Fusion Energi – with a full battery and a full tank of gas – can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 miles of range remaining.” The range for the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi is up 60 miles from the 2016 model, thanks to new software and an upgraded regenerative braking system.

Plug-in Hybrid Great Option for Many

For people who don’t live in an area with a lot of plug-in stations, or for those who like to travel great distances at one time, the plug-in hybrid is a great option over the pure electric vehicle. “Fusion Energi gives them the freedom to go gas-free for shorter trips and the fuel efficiency of a gas engine for longer trips,” said Kevin Layden, director of Ford’s electrified powertrain engineering program. “And it’s very affordable.” You can see and test drive the new Fusion Energi now at Chapman Ford. Along with being a great option for more range, the Fusion is a midsize sedan that offers plenty of interior room and a feeling of sophistication. It’s the perfect car for a night out on the town or that family road trip to the theme parks of America.