Ford and Apple CarPlay are a match made in new Fusion

Well, here’s great news: Looks like the 2017 Ford Fusion sedan is sportier than its market segment competitors probably imagined.

Put it this way, as the car was unveiled at the NAIAS this week, even Jalopnik writer Justin Westbrook admitted to owning a Focus (insert some bad joke about underpaid bloggers here) en route to explaining that the 325 hp Fusion ST is still the innovation carrot he would like to see brought out of Dearborn, Michigan.

Still, when the Ford Motor Company took the wraps off its brand new Fusion vehicle, its class-dominating glory definitely seems to appeal. Whether it’s a “European mid-sizer” is neither here nor there, but here is this to consider: in addition to what is obviously Apple’s first and mostly likely major success story for in-car integration , the Fusion is outfitted with a twin-turbo V6 and 1.5 and 2.0 liter EcoBoost engines, which produce 200 hp and 250 hp and are equipped with turbochargers.

The cool thing we here at the Car Fanatics Blog really like is that the Fusion is indeed fusing DNA from its sibling Lincoln MKZ, which includes custom dampening and wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Again, Apple self-driving car aficionados and Tesla owner fans, note this: SYNC 3 infotainment system is ready to sync up and jazz  up theApple CarPlay and AndroidAuto enabled devices.

Clearly, there is good reason that both of these new systems are installed in the Detroit-made beauty that is the 2016 Ford Fusion (although apparently the MKZ Hybrid still holds on to the dashboard transmission, most likely a patented move by Lincoln that I observed while taking this luxury hybrid beast on a spin around the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica on the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show; shout out to Automotive Rhythms and the Affluent Agency for hosting such as cool lifestyle event in conjunction with the Lincoln Motor Company).

The 2017 Ford Fusion line-up will be on sale at Ford dealerships nationwide this May, with Sport later in the summer.

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