The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid will show at the Detroit Auto Show.Ford looks to make a statement with Energi. Originally introduced three years ago, the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid underwent a major refresh. It’s still a plug-in model, but it has undergone both aesthetic and technologic changes.

Both the interior and exterior were updated, as well as a slew of high-tech features added. Ford called it “the smartest, most technology-packed Fusion ever.”

When the Ford Fusion line debuted in 2012, the vehicle was seen to offer a design-driven version on the traditional family sedan. It looks like the design-driven philosophy is back, as the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi features a slimmer grill, angular headlights, and a redesigned lower front. Though the profile of the car itself did not change, the modifications give it a sleeker, sportier look.

In terms of power, the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid still features a 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. That provides 19 miles of electric-only driving. The 2.0 liter engine elevates the total driving distance to up to 500 miles, however. The vehicle software was also modified, allowing for an improvement in driving dynamics. Subsequently, efficiency should improve and translate to a mileage increase. The hybrid charges in approximately two and a half hours, recaptures up to 95% of energy lost when braking, and can hit up to 85 miles per hour when in electric-only mode.

Where the updates really shine, though, is in the on-board software. This iteration of the Fusion makes it the first American car from Ford to feature pedestrian detection. Other features include hands-free parking (parallel and perpendicular), lane assistance, and blind spots alerts. EcoGuide will actively assist drivers as to how to get better fuel economy as well.

The 2017 Ford Fusion Energi hybrid is expected to show at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, which starts today and goes until the 24th of January.

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