Ford Motor Company has consistently been on a roll in the last six years and kudos to its “One Ford” strategy. We’ve seen some exceptional cars being introduced and received well in the local market including the Ford Ranger, Fiesta, Ecosport, Kuga and Fusion.
Proof of this has been increased sales. In July 2016 alone, Ford registering a total of 6002 vehicles sold. This proves that customers are drawn to the exceptional value proposition that the current Ford model range offers, combined with trend-setting technology, safety, quality and after-sales service.
I had an opportunity to review the Ford Fusion model (positioned to compete with Audi A4, BMW 330i, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C250, VW Passat and Volvo S60) and I was blown away by the intuitive safety, power economy and dynamic refinements.
When it comes to safety – and as you would expect, a car of this class puts a priority on advanced features that ensure a high level of control and protection. The car features seven airbags and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.
The combination of electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control help keep the driver connected to the road and in control, especially around corners and when overtaking. Together with ABS (anti-lock braking system) they help reduce the chances of wheel spin, wheel lock and over- or under-steering.
The pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection is designed to help the driver avoid a front-end collision. The system uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead. If a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, it gives the driver a visual and audible warning.
The Ford Fusion comes with three options of powerful yet economical engines – the six speed PowerShift, EcoBoost 1.5 and 2.0, as well as TDCi diesel 2.0.
Inside, the revolutionary cabin is clean and well designed with everything well laid out and easy to navigate. The space up front is driver-focused with sufficient rear occupant space easily capable of fitting three adults. The upgraded Ford’s SYNC system is neat and so easy to use. The car also features auto stop/start technology, as well as steering-wheel controls that connect just about any device to the car via USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.
The dual-zone climate control allows both the driver and the front seat passenger to choose the heating and cooling settings they prefer for their own personal space.
From a design perspective, the Fusion looks the part. Embodying the modern Ford design approach, it looks aggressive up front with a sleek almost coupé-like side profile and strong rear end. I was impressed with the front grille that somewhat looks like the Aston Martin.
Multi-adaptable LED headlights not only do these lights automatically turn themselves on and off with changes in natural light, but they also help the driver see around corners. A standard headlight’s beam is usually fixed on one spot. These lights change the beam’s level so that it’s always on the road.
- Power:177kW at 5300rpm
- Torque:340Nm at 2300 – 4900
- Acceleration (0-100 km/h):9 seconds
- Top speed:240km/h
- Fuel consumption:5 litres per 100km
- Fuel type:Petrol
- Fuel tank capacity:62 litres
- Price: From R416 900
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