Ford has released full Australian pricing and specifications for the fourth-generation of its Focus small car.
Key changes to the new Focus range over the previous-generation model include the addition of an ST-Line variant, the availability of a wagon body style and standard autonomous emergency braking and automatic transmissions across the range.
All fourth-gen Focus models are powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine producing 134kW of power and 240Nm of torque (from just 1600rpm). It drives the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission (that’s controlled via a small dial on the centre console) with paddle shifters.
The range kicks off with the Trend, priced from $25,990 plus on-road costs. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic halogen headlights, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, electric parking brake, leather wrapped steering wheel, six-way manually adjustable driver’s seats, drive mode selector, LED daytime running lights, automatic windscreen wipers, a six-speaker sound system and an 8.0-inch Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and DAB+ digital radio. There’s plenty of safety kit too, with autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, hill start assist, post-impact braking system, child locks and six airbags.
Above the Trend is the ST-Line, a new variant for the Focus range – it’s priced from $28,990 for the five-door hatch and $30,990 for the all-new five-door wagon. It adds a sports body kit, black front grille, sports suspension (that’s 10mm lower than standard), chrome exhaust tips, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, LED fog lights and tail lights, privacy glass, power folding side mirrors, keyless entry, push-button start, wireless phone charging, black headliner, flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminium pedals and tyre pressure monitoring. On top of those features, the wagon adds a luggage cover, roof rails, ‘Easy Fold’ rear seats, a seat release in the boot and load tie-downs. Want an even sportier model? You’ll have to wait for the full ST for that.
At the top of the range is the Titanium, available as a hatchback only for $34,490 plus on-road costs. Additions over the ST-Line include adaptive cruise control with stop/go, speed sign recognition, lane centering assist (not to be confused with lane keep assist), blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, auto-high-beam adaptive LED headlights, LED indicators, leather trim, heated front seats, Bang & Olufsen nine-speaker sound system and ambient LED cabin lighting.
A number of option packs are available across the range. Trend customers can option the $1250 Driver Assistance Pack, which consists of adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and evasive steering assist. ST-Line customers can also option the Driver Assistance Pack, along with a $2000 panoramic sunroof and the $1800 Design Pack that adds the Titanium’s LED headlights, LED indicators and auto high-beam function. Finally, Titanium buyers are able to option the panoramic sunroof, $300 head-up display and a $1000 Active park Assist 2 feature that can manoeuver your Focus into parking spaces automatically. Premium paint is a $550 option across the range.
The 2019 Focus range lands on Australian shores in December.