Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

All-new Ford Focus revealed

All-new Ford Focus revealed

The announcement coincided with the unveiling of the fourth-generation Focus in Europe, where it was billed as one of the brand's most advanced mainstream cars to date. Rear passengers get almost three extra inches of leg room over the outgoing version, and Ford says that the new Focus has more interior volume than the old vehicle.

On a wheelbase stretched by 53mm, rear knee room is now 50mm better and said to be the best in class, while shoulder room is also increased by nearly 60mm from the outgoing Focus.

The next version of the compact model will be offered in a range of body styles and trim levels, while adding a variety of tech features, including the new Ford CoPilot360 driver assistance suite.

A new Active Park Assist system, meanwhile, can take control over acceleration, braking, and - in automatic cars, presumably - the transmission. There's also adaptive cruise control with speed sign recognition, wireless phone charging, and the latest SYNC 3 infotainment with FordPass Connect and B&O PLAY audio available.

Thanks to a new chassis and suspension, the fourth-gen Focus promises a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity compared to its predecessor and a weight reduction of 110 pounds on average.

The new Ford Focus will go on sale in the United Kingdom in the summer in the UK.

They expect the 5dr 1-litre EcoBoost will have emissions of 107 g/km, with the 1.5-litre EcoBoost starting from 122 g/km or thereabouts.

For a more rich and expensive versions of American innovations provides independent rear suspension. It will be available in three bodystyles, or the 5-door hatchback, the 4-door sedan and a 5-door wagon. More interior space than prior Focus models makes ingress and egress easier and seating more comfortable.

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Ford places a lot of emphasis on the new Focus' technology credentials, with majority coming in the shape of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control with stop&go (active up to a top speed of 200 km/h or 125 mph), speed sign recognition and lane centering.

Ford mentioned the Focus would come standard with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost I3 gasoline engine, with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gas burner and 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel.

In Europe, customers will get a luxurious Focus Vignale trim and sporty ST-Line version, as well as "adventure-oriented" Active and upscale Titanium trims; China will get the ST-Line and Titanium models. The new Focus also debuts a new 8-speed automatic transmission.

There is no word yet as to when the new Ford Focus will be coming to SA.

"The chance to build a completely new auto from a fresh piece of paper does not come around often". The 1.5 diesel is an all-new unit with 120bhp output while there is also a revised 2.0 diesel making 150bhp. There's also a 2.0 litre diesel with 148bhp. It also spawns three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Eco.

The Ford Focus ST-Line, for Europe.

All five models are expected to enter showrooms in China in this year, stated a Ford spokesman.

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