When Ford said that its new midisze Fusion (also known as Mondeo in some markets) will be a global vehicle, it really meant it — as the automaker’s CD4-based sedan will be available in all worldwide markets (so long as there’s adequate demand for such a vehicle). So Ford’s recent unveiling of the Fusion to those attending the Johannesburg International Motor Show in South Africa should come as no surprise.
The vehicle’s South African reveal and subsequent introduction into the South African market will mark the first time the Fusion nameplate is available in the country. To that end, The Blue Oval has confirmed that the Fusion will offer at least one EcoBoost engine while serving as Ford’s flagship in the country; it has yet to announce the complete engine range and price for South Africa, however . Both the price and specific engine information will be confirmed closer to the Fusion’s South African launch, set to take place over the next 12 months.
What’s certain is that the Fusion will offer the PowerShift double wet-clutch transmission, Active Grille Shutter system, MyFord Touch infotainment, and high-tech safety equipment, including Blind Spot Information System, Speed Limiter and a Rear View Camera.
“The design, technology and quality advancements delivered with the new Fusion demonstrate the key role this model will play when introduced in South Africa”, said Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa President and CEO, Jeff Nemeth. The progress Ford’s engineers have achieved in fuel economy and emissions through the EcoBoost petrol engines will allow customers the opportunity to drive a large car without feeling the need to sacrifice on space, performance, driving enjoyment or the selection of driver assistance technologies.”
The Motrolix Take
If the new Fusion is even half as successful in South Africa as it is in North America, then Ford will have another hit on its hands. Global vehicles and One Ford plan for the win!