Just in time for the upcoming new year, Ford's 2017 Fusion SE Energi is now available for lease. With a sticker price of only $63 per month, it's a great way to start 2017 while keeping your wallet full.
If holiday shopping has you reaching for another cup of java, cruising around in the 2017 Energi is bound to give you the boost you need to power through the rest of the year and beyond. Although the Blue Oval kept many of the Energi's existing features the same for this new model, the upgrades warrant attention as well.
Drivers who have navigated the streets with prior versions of the Energi will appreciate its front-wheel-drive powertrain, which Ford kept for the 2017 model. The powertrain boasts a 118-hp electric motor that works in tandem with a 141-hp 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder, which pumps out 188 horsepower. Thanks to the Energi's EV mode, drivers also have the refreshing option to restrict the gas engine's participation only to extreme power demands, such as driving up a steep hill.
Also the same for the new model is the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which provides juice necessary for electric propulsion. It obtains its charge on-the-move with a two-pronged help approach: from a second motor/generator that is driven by the engine, and from regenerative braking. Once stationary in park mode, drivers can plug it into a charger, which draws power from electrical grids. Overall, the 2017 Energi has 95 MPGecity, MPGe highway, and 88 MPGe combined EPA ratings when using gasoline and electric power together; drivers who 'plug in' frequently and only drive short distances can clock in even more impressive numbers. Ultimately, compared to the standard Fusion hybrid, the Energi stands out with its larger battery pack and affiliated capabilities, which may seal the deal for some buyers.
It wouldn't be a notably new model without some big changes, though, and Ford delivers in that department. Namely, LED headlights and taillights make their debut with the new Energi, as well as a new front and rear fascia, chrome accents, and updated 17-inch wheels. For more eco-minded drivers, there's also a Platinum model available that adapts the model for an even more environmentally friendly driving experience. Open the doors, and you'll notice interior upgrades such as a new center console with a gear selector that's built rotary-style, as well as the improved Sync 3 infotainment system. Willing to splurge a little for a grand level of plush comfort? Go with the Platinum upgrade, and you'll be able to enjoy leather - both in a quilted form on the seats, and in a padded form on the steering wheel and dashtop.
Don't wait to take advantage of this limited time opportunity - stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington and lease your all-new Energi today.