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New Model: Ford Fusion

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The Sedan fights back

Remember the days of Cressidas, Skylines and Commodores? That was a time when, if you wanted a big car, your thoughts turned automatically to large sedans. We’d heard vague rumblings about a thing called an SUV, but it was an Americanism − a fad, surely? Nothing that would take off in sunny RSA. Well, like them or not, we live in an SUV world these days, and, if you want a large sedan, your choices seem largely restricted to pricey executive models from the German manufacturers. But are big SUVs really the answer? They’re heavy (top heavy, at that), ponderous, and often surprisingly small inside.

Ford SA is betting there’s a market for a well-specced large sedan that’s competitively priced. And they’re betting that the Ford Fusion is the car to lead this charge. Known in other markets as the Mondeo, a name more familiar to us, the Fusion represents a great deal of what Ford has suddenly become: a leading marque with strong, innovative products.

The Fusion is a big car: it has one of the biggest boots we’ve ever seen and will seat four big ‘uns and a littler ‘un in comfort. It measures out at 4 869 mm long and 1 910 mm wide. But, where you’d expect to find a brace of 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre motors under the hood, you’ll find a 1.5- and two 2.0-litre petrol motors and a 2.0-litre diesel instead. But those differences tell only half the story.

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