What is it?
Well, by name this is the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport. Over here in the UK, the Ford Fusion is known as the Ford Mondeo. This Ford Fusion Sport however is quite the headline grabber.
What do I need to know?
Let’s cut to the chase. The Ford Fusion Sport has a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that churns out 325hp and 350 lb/ft of torque. That, in fact, is BMW 340i M Sport territory and just around 15-20hp less than the all-new Audi S4 and the Jaguar XE S.
Being a Ford it will also undercut those saloons by a sizeable margin. The Ford Fusion Sport starts from $34,350 where the BMW, Audi and Jag all sit in the $40,000 range.
The Fusion Sport features electronically controlled suspension, a new black mesh grille, 19in wheels, sports bodykit and rear spoiler, dual exhausts and all-wheel drive.
Ford apparently considered the ST and RS names for the Fusion Sport, but they felt it may have been a bit of a stretch to do so. Either way the Fusion – which was Ford’s best-selling car in 2015 – is getting a pretty comprehensive mid-life refresh with a range topping Platinum model, improved hybrid models and more safety and technology filling out the lineup.
So why haven’t we been blessed with a trim level such as this for the Mondeo?
It’s been a long time since the Mondeo donned the ST badge but this Fusion Sport appears to be an option we certainly wouldn’t turn down.
The Ford Mondeo tends to follow the production process of the Ford Fusion, albeit a few years late. So while the Fusion goes through this refresh now, could we possibly see a similar change for the UK market Mondeo?
So when can I buy it?
Pretty soon. If you live in the US, first deliveries of the new Fusion arrive this summer.
Ford haven’t stated whether this Sport trim will be available outside of the US.
How much is it going to cost Ford to make the Fusion Sport right-hand drive? More importantly how much will Ford sell such a thing for here in the UK?
We can only speculate.
All we do know is that a 325 hp EcoBoost V6 Ford Mondeo would be very welcome on UK roads. Ford if you’re reading, the very least you can do is consider such a thing.