Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

7 things you need to know — Ford Focus unveiled

2019 Ford Focus Final Teaser Released Ahead Of Today's Premiere The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain's favourite family car is now cheaper than ever
Frank Williams | 11 April, 2018, 19:34

The current Focus delivers one of the best ride and handling mixes among compact cars, but Ford says it isn't resting on its laurels.

The ST-line will be just that, a line.

This dial replaces the humble gearshift lever in automatic versions of the new Ford Focus.

Here we round up all you need to know about the new Focus.

Active versions get raised suspension and SUV-style cladding.

Ford spokesman Jiyan Cadiz confirmed that the product portfolio shift by 2020 to trucks and utilities - including electrified versions - will account for nearly 90% of Ford's volume. The top-end models are the Titanium X from £22,820 and the Vignale from £25,450. It comes laden with standard equipment and a range of colours exclusive to the model. The new models will be built by Ford's local venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. The list could go on...

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"The all-new Focus is the fulfillment of the Focus promise and as of today, sets the benchmark for others to follow". There is a forward-facing camera to read and monitor lane markings up to 65 meters ahead of the auto.

Also debuting on the 2019 Ford Focus is the new C2 platform, which will underpin a new look that seemingly combines various elements of its competitors including the Peugeot 308 and Mazda 3. There's also a 2.0-litre diesel engine option for Europe. In the diesel camp, the 1.5-liter mill makes either 95 and 120 PS (both develop 300 Nm worth of twist) while the 2-liter choice churns out 150 PS and 370 Nm. A supporting Park-Out Assist is also able to drive the Focus out of a parallel spot on its own. Pricing also wasn't announced. Each grade boasts a slightly different appearance and equipment levels. Inside there's also more interior room and that more sculpted, upscale looking exterior is now more aerodynamic.

Head-up displays are no longer relegated to luxury vehicles, so it makes sense the Focus has this feature.

Fords have been renowned for their driving experience for some time - in fact it's one of the brand's key selling points. The new Focus will host driver assistance tech, connectivity and creature comforts that haven't been found on previous Focus sedans or hatchbacks. FordPass Connect app allows customers to control various functions like locating the vehicle, lock and unlock doors, remote starting (available only with automatic gearbox) and check vehicles stats like fuel and oil level. This will solve the current model's lack of rear-seat space with 71 millimetres of extra rear-seat legroom, 61 mm of extra shoulder room and 51 mm of extra kneeroom.

The fourth generation starts from £17,930, more than £2,000 less than the outgoing model. This rises to £28,890 for a range-topping Vignale estate.

During the press conference, Ford was light on specifics and details about the new Focus shell and chassis, but it did note some broad characteristics. The first deliveries are scheduled for September, and dealers are already taking orders. Ford dealerships are certainly going to have a busy few months ahead...

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