The new Ford Fusion is the most technologically advanced and best engineered vehicle in the Ford South Africa line-up. Set to take on the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes Benz C-Class. Offering outstanding exterior design, peerless interior craftsmanship and responsive yet efficient EcoBoost and TDCi powerplants, net yet seen in our local market, the all-new Ford Fusion will proudly sit as the flagship model in the range.
Bolstering the introduction of the new Ford Fusion, Ford South Africa will debut two new EcoBoost petrol engines locally, a 1.5-litre and 2.0litre, both featuring outstanding performance and impressively low fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Producing 132kW / 240Nm and 149kW / 300Nm of respective power and torque, these two engines deliver unrivalled performance. Supplementing the range is Ford’s well known 2.0-litre Durotorq TDCi engine rated at 132kW and 400Nm of torque.
The petrol derivatives are available with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox and the diesel, a 6-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.
Whether you need the added versatility for your growing family or extra load space for your business, Ford’s new Tourneo Connect will take all that life can throw at it, and in it. With the choice of two body styles and offered in five or seven seat configuration, the Ford Tourneo Connect is the perfect choice for those seeking a versatile blend of practicality, comfort and technology.
At almost 4.5m long (4418mm) and with seating for 5, the Tourneo Connect can swallow a huge 2410 litres. If you’re after even more space though, then the Grand Tourneo Connect is for you, with its versatile 5+2 seating arrangements, and by comparison it has a maximum load area volume of 2761 litres and is just short of 5m long at 4818mm long.
The new Ford Tourneo Connect short wheel base 5-seater will be available in the following configurations: 1.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol with the option of either Ambiente or Trend specification levels.
One of the most popular small cars in South Africa, the Ford Fiesta is now available in automatic guise. Dubbed Powershift, the automatic transmission is dual-clutch gearbox, which most of us have become accustomed to on higher specification vehicles.
Combined with the Ford’s acclaimed and award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the new Powershift enabled Fiesta promises excellent responsiveness and fuel efficiency.
The 74kW/170Nm 1.0-litre 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine is paired with Ford’s advanced, six speed dual-clutch PowerShift automatic transmission – the first time Ford has combined the two technologies – delivering CO2 emissions of only 114 g/km and a clamied 4.9 I/100 km fuel consumption.
“With its exciting design and technology features, the Fiesta is capturing the imagination of customers around the globe and South Africa is no different,” said Marketing Manager, Gavin Golightly. “The first combination of our award-winning EcoBoost 1.0-litre engine with PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmission is a major step forward in this segment and will appeal to many new customers – especially those looking for the latest cutting edge technology.”
Based on the previous generation Ford Fiesta, the Ford Figo has been an unprecedented sales success in South Africa, offering consumers a well proven formula of bullet-proof mechanicals combined with a high specification level, at an unbeatable price.
“The Figo’s contemporary design, solid performance credentials and desirable safety features are refreshing for a vehicle in its class,” says Gavin Golightly, Ford Marketing Manager. “It is well-positioned as a value-for-money prospect and with the addition of some new enhancements its overall appeal is further cemented.”
Available with a choice of two fuel-efficient engines, the 1.4-litre 62kW petrol and 1.4-litre 51kW turbodiesel, both mated to five-speed manual transmissions. Torque figures are 127Nm and 160Nm respectively.
Customers can choose between two trim levels, the Ambiente being the entry level option available in both petrol and diesel guise and the Trend, the high spec model, available in petrol configuration.
Ford has unveiled a very rugged and manly new Ford Everest recently in Beijing, China, thankfully ushering in a seven-seat Ford SUV you’ll actually be proud to own.
Dave Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific reckons, “The new Ford Everest is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, equally prepared for the everyday commute as it is for the most extreme off-road terrain.”
Ford mentions rugged quite a few times in their press release and indeed, compared to the previous generation which had the uncanny ability to resemble an equivalent seven-seater from China, this all-new model certainly pulls off the Built Tough bravado we’ve come to expect from Ford, but have only really seen in the US markets.
With a body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains. Together with an intelligent four-wheel drive system (gives drivers four preset settings – Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock– that alter the vehicle’s throttle response, transmission, [Read more…]
Ford Ranger Review – 3.2 Double-Cab High-Rider XLT: The most popular bakkie, or pick-up truck as its known in United States of America, is the Ford F-150. It was the best-selling vehicle in that country for 24 years and in 2011 almost 600 000 of them found their way to new owners. 600 000!
A quick poke around the Ford America website and the smallest double-cab (or SuperCab, as Billy-Bob would call it) I could find is almost 6 metres long, almost 2,5 metres wide and weighs a touch over 2,2 tons. Now we all know how obsessed the Yanks are with “bigger is better” and granted some of their trucks are ridiculously oversized, but a quick look at the dimensions of the recently introduced, local all-new Ford Ranger makes for interesting reading.
At over 5,2 metres long, 2,1 metres wide and weighing 2.2 tons, the new Ford Ranger is anything but an insubstantial vehicle. Heck even JR Ewing from Dallas fame would be proud to be seen behind the wheel of the Blue Oval’s flagship bakkie. And apart from those enormous dimensions it can tow a braked 3,3 tons (a few prized cattle?) and wade in almost a metre of water (oil maybe?).