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 particularly like the front grille and yes it does look a lot like that of an Aston Martin. It’s like looking at your wife and seeing a strong resemblance to Natalie Portman - no problem in that. I also like its narrow headlights. The other day, I saw a Fusion finished in black and boy, did it look stunning! Ok, it did have the Titanium package fitted, which makes a big difference to the overall look of the car. The test car that I was supplied was a Trend model, which didn’t have the big fancy low profile tyres.
Inside, the futuristic 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 in a cocoon of ample luxury. The Ford’s Sync system was a great feature when it was initially launched, now though, Ford has upgraded the system to a Sync 2 connectivity system. It might not be incredibly fancy but it is neat and so easy to use. The Trend model featured luxuries such as automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors and an electrically adjustable driver seat. It also has numerous controls on the steering wheel and you can connect just about any device to the car via USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.
As for the engine… well, the Fusion came with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, which is available exclusively in Trend spec. The engine punches above its weight as the 132kW and 240Nm motor feel sporty and supply strong pull throughout the rev range. Capable of doing the 0-100km/h sprint in 9.2 seconds it’s no slouch and can reach a speed of 218km/h, while consuming around 8.0 litres/100km in the combined cycle. It also featured a smooth six-speed auto with Select Shift.
The ride quality is largely attributed to the new global CD-segment platform and the Fusion is the first model in Africa to use it. The new suspension design delivers a comfortable ride, while at the same time retaining lateral stiffness for enhanced steering and handling.
Ford has delivered a premium car that looks the part and delivers. With pricing starting at R349 900 for the 1.5 EcoBoost Trend, Ford definitely has a good chance to cause the competition some sleepless nights.