This Is the 2017 Ford Fusion, Naked Ahead of the Detroit Auto Show

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Those who can't wait until Monday, when the car is supposed to be officially unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, our collaborating spy photographers have sent us the first photos with the undisguised 2017 Ford Fusion.
Apparently, the camouflage-free sedan was caught somewhere in Dearborn, where it was trying to cross a public street to enter Ford's private test track, but a red traffic light held it enough for a photographer to snap a few pictures.

While most of the redesigned Fusion's design is not exactly unexpected, since the model's exterior was leaked last year, these are the first clear photos that show it in all its splendor.

As you can see, the Aston-like engine grille has been entirely reshaped and it is now slimmer and slightly more angular. The “less round, more straight” lines can actually be observed on the entire body, with the new Fusion exhibiting a sleeker design language than before.

The side profile is quasi-identical to the current model while the rear may have only received some subtle changes to the bumper and the taillights. That said, it's the front end that welcomes the most design changes, with the interior expected to remain largely identical.

It is not yet known if the European Ford Mondeo will adopt the same changes in 2016, since the current model was introduced much later on the Old Continent.

Drivetrain-wise, everything should remain the same, including the option for a Fusion Hybrid and the Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrid, although there is a distinct possibility for the Dearborn carmaker to offer a new automatic transmission and an ST version for the very first time, but don't quote us on this!

If that actually happens, the Fusion ST may receive a drivetrain similar to that of the 2016 Focus RS, from horsepower and torque to the intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The model is expected to be publicly unveiled early on Monday, but don't be surprised if Ford goes to all the trouble of providing the first official photos and details a day before that.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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