Ford has revealed the all-new global Focus lineup, including a sedan, estate/wagon, and hatchback for Europe, China and the United States market. We won't know specifics about the USA -spec auto until closer to its on-sale date in the second half of 2019, but for now, here are five important things to know about the small vehicle that goes on sale in Europe and China this year.
The all-new, fourth-generation Ford Focus made its debut yesterday and already a couple of speculative renders have emerged showing the ST and RS hot hatches. Body styles will include a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and a station wagon-although with Ford's extensive SUV lineup on our market, it's highly unlikely that the Focus wagon will make a comeback here.
Each trim grade gets its own distinct look and materials, including fine-grain wood-effect finishes and premium leather for Vignale; sporty carbon fibre-effect finishes and red stitching for the ST-Line; and more rugged textured materials for the Active.
Powertrain options in the new Focus include further-optimised versions of Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost and new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, both enhanced with Ford's cylinder deactivation application for three-cylinder engines. The massive single-frame trapezoidal grille takes space up front with the bug-shaped headlamps, while a pronounced and masculine bonnet makes for a dominating stance on the new Focus.
The turbo diesel offerings are a 1.5-litre EcoBlue in 70kW and 88kW versions, and a 2.0-litre EcoBlue mustering 110kW. The 1.5 diesel is an all-new unit with 120bhp output while there is also a revised 2.0 diesel making 150bhp. The new Focus will host driver assistance tech, connectivity and creature comforts that haven't been found on previous Focus sedans or hatchbacks.
An 8.0-inch touchscreen will be available in the new Focus along with other features including wi-fi hotspot, motion-activated liftgate, telematic services, and selectable drive modes in some trims. It also gives the vehicle a sleeker, fresher look thanks to a more raked roofline as well as more chiseled body lines.
The Ford Focus ST-Line, for Europe. The model Ford Focus new generation is adaptive cruise control with full stop and auto start, upgraded adaptive headlights, as well as compliance system, lane traffic and traffic sign recognition. Inside there's also more interior room and that more sculpted, upscale looking exterior is now more aerodynamic. A 675 watt Bang and Olufsen 10-speaker stereo system pairs up with the latter.
For a more rich and expensive versions of American innovations provides independent rear suspension.
The Focus has always been the benchmark in its class for chassis control and the all-new model is expected to continue to legacy. Ford will bake in lane-centering, too, to keep the Focus in-between the lines.
The 1-liter EcoBoost can be had with 85, 100 or 125 PS, while the 1.5-liter is available with 150 and 182 PS.
The "connected car" isn't just a buzzword any more, and drivers are expecting more from their dashboards than an FM radio and Bluetooth.