Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

5 things you should know — Ford Focus

5 things you should know — Ford Focus

Ford says it has sold almost seven million in Europe since it was introduced in 1998, a third of which have been in the UK.

Ford has unveiled its next-generation Focus compact that is set to be the first vehicle that the automaker imports from China to the United States.

On the road, Ford claim it'll be better than ever thanks to a new independent rear suspension with continuously controlled damping. Active models get their own bumpers, too, as well as black plastic cladding and roof rails.

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 standard Focus hatchback and estate will be available in seven trim levels, including Ford's top end Vignale trim - which adds a premium flavour to the consumer model.

According to the company, the auto will be more fun to drive. However, the new model is loaded with tech. The list could go on...

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While it won't be standard across the new Focus line-up, Co-Pilot360 will be offered in different regions. Using the forward-facing camera, the lights will be angled into corners, and the glare-free high beam stops you accidentally dazzling other drivers.

The new 2019 Ford Focus sedan. Ford says it did that with large pet carriers in mind.

Diesel drivers who are happy to pay the extra tax have the choice of a 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre engine. Ford confirmed it will offer the new Focus in China with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine and a new 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine, while in Europe the Focus will be available with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gas engine and a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel. The engines will range from outputs of 84bhp to 180bhp.

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 Focus four-door cuts through the air to the tune of 0.25Cd and 0.275Cd for the five-door. Other markets do, however, get the option of a saloon. The five-bar chrome grille has also been revised for the upgraded model.

Ford describes the interior of the redesigned Focus as more "refined and upscale".

It features Ford's latest SYNC3 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen, Band & Olufsen sound system and wireless charging.

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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 Ford Focus will be positioned higher than the current one.

What this essentially means is connectivity features. The tech allows you to use the car's WiFi hotspot to connect up to 10 devices. The feature can also be paired with an app that would let owners remotely start or unlock the vehicle or check on its fuel or oil levels.

The fourth generation starts from £17,930, more than £2,000 less than the outgoing model. Range-topping Vignale models will start from £25,350 for the hatch and £26,550 for the estate.

Ford has not made mention of a new ST or RS model, although we expect the former to be powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine powering the front wheels, as per the current ST.

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