The MKII Granada’s styling brought the new car in line with Fords Corporate image of the new decade, wrap around indicators, fluted tail lights, aerofoil grille and straight lines similar to the MKV Cortina and MKIII Escort.
Out of sight the mechanicals (in South Africa) remained largely unchanged.
South Africa got the 3.0V6 in Ghia and GL trim, and the 2000 Pinto four in GL Trim. Some Estate versions were imported featuring the Cologne 2.8V6, but surely these won’t count as South African Fords.
The MKII Granada was never a popular car in South Africa, its performance was mediocre, weighed down with a body too heavy for the venerable Essex V6, even its modest price advantage was not enough to compete against more exotic offerings from the Germans. Thus, at the end of its model life, the new Granada was never released locally, the luxury Sierra’s filled the gap.