Tech laden Ford Fusion now available

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 23, 2015

After a hiatus of almost 10 years, Ford has re-entered the premium sedan market with what it claims to be the most technologically advanced model it has ever made, the all new Fusion.

First introduced in 2013 for North America, but build [for Europe] at Ford’s Almussafes plant in Valencia, Spain, the Fusion is essentiality re-fettled version of the fourth generation Ford Mondeo that made its debut last year. For South Africa however, the Mondeo name, which never really gained momentum, has been dropped and replaced by the name used globally.

Available in four models with the option of three engines and a single transmission option, the Fusion introduces a range of new technologies normally found on more expensive models, as well as segment firsts.

Depending on the spec, features includes Ford second generation SYNC system with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment screen that also comes with Bluetooth and Voice Control, Adaptive Cruise Control with crash prevention front bumper sensors, traffic sign recognition technology, Heads-Up Display, Active Park Assist with Park Slot Measurement which scans an available park site before parking automatically, Active City Stop Braking and Adaptive Cornering front headlights.

Under the bonnet, the Fusion makes exclusive use of Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged range of petrol engines with a single TDCi turbodiesel unit completing the range. A six speed automatic gearbox is standard on EcoBoost models with the diesel featuring the marque’s similar ratio dual-clutch Powershift box.

Kicking the range off, the entry level Trend uses Ford’s recently launched 1.5-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces 132 kW and 240 N.m of torque. Fuel consumption is a claimed 7.4 L /100 km and CO2 emissions at 173g / km. Moving one up, the Trend can also be have with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost that makes 149 kW and 300 N.m. Ford claims a combined consumption figure of 7.5 L /100 km and emissions of 174g / km.

Sitting at the top of the range, the flagship Titanium features a more powerful version of the Trend’s EcoBoost engine with power rated at 177 kW and 340 N.m. while only consuming fuel at 8.5 L /100 km and releasing 187 g/ km. Topping the Fusion range off, the 2.0-litre TDCi Titanium produces 132 kW and a meaty 400 N.m for a combined consumption of a miserly low 5.1 L /100 km and emissions of 124 g/ km.

A four year / 120 000 km warranty and four year / 80 000 km service plan is standard on all on all EcoBoost models with the diesel forging the latter for a five year / 90 000 plan.

 

FORD FUSION PRICES

MODEL ENGINE PRICE
1.5 EcoBoost Trend 132 kW / 240 N.m R349 900
2.0 EcoBoost Trend 149 kW / 300 N.m R369 900
2.0 EcoBoost Titanium 177 kW / 340 N.m R424 900
2.0 TDCi Titanium Powershift 132 kW / 400 N.m R449 900

 

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