Yesterday, Ford took the wraps of their fourth generation Focus small car.
The new Focus will come in 3 body styles – a 5-door hatch, a wagon and a sedan. In Europe, the Focus will be offered in a number of trim levels – the sporty ST-Line, the classy Titanium, the high-riding crossover Active and the super-luxurious Vignale.
Four engines will feature in the new Focus, two petrols and two diesels. An overview of the engines and their various tunes can be seen below.
- 1.0L turbo 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol – 63kW, 74kW and 92kW
- 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder EcoBoost petrol – 110kW and 134kW
- 1.5L EcoBlue turbo-diesel – 70kW, 88kW (and 300Nm)
- 2.0L EcoBlue turbo-diesel – 110kW (and 370Nm)
All models are front wheel drive, and come with a 6-speed manual as standard – an 8-speed auto is optional on the 92kW 1.0L petrol, 110kW and 134kW 1.5L petrols, 88kW 1.5L diesel and 110kW 2.0L diesel. The drag coefficient has been reduced to 0.25Cd for the sedan and 0.273Cd for the hatch, and the chassis is 20% more rigid than the outgoing model. The Focus gets electric power steering, 3 drive modes (Normal, Eco & Sport), and a grille that automatically closes when the radiator is not needed to reduce drag.
The new Focus has greater interior and cargo space, ingress and egress is easier, and the rear floor is flat (I’m not sure how AWD can work here…). Design wise, it has ‘cab-rearward’ proportions with a longer bonnet and sporty lines.
Technology wise, the Focus is equipped with Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system (available with a 6.5″ or 8.0″ touchscreen) with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless phone charging. There’s also a WiFi hotspot and FordPass Connect system available as options.
Safety tech in the new Focus consists of Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite, which includes adaptive cruise control with speed limit sign recognition, auto lane centering, a stop/start system, adaptive LED lights with auto curve functionality, automatic parking and evasive steering assist. There’s no shortage of safety tech.
Overall, the new Ford Focus is an incredibly safe, tech packed and beautiful car. It goes on sale in Australia in late 2018. Let me know your thoughts on it below.