New Ford Focus revealed

by Frankie Norman April 11, 2018, 6:16
New Ford Focus revealed

Mechanically, it carries over the outgoing generation's 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, available in two power output levels - 150 PS and 182 PS.

A longer wheelbase gives rear passengers more interior room, with shoulder room improving by 2.4 inches, knee clearance by 2 inches and legroom by 2.8 inches.

In the 2019 Focus Wagon, meanwhile, there's up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat. "And it's got road-edge detection, which is great for the United Kingdom where not all the roads have a white line at the side".

Globally, the Focus will be offered in ascending trim levels that include a new luxury-first Focus Vignale available in Europe, a newly minted ST-Line with sporty looks sans hardware, and an Active trim level for completely sedentary on-the-go lifestyles.

The sporty ST-Line grade stands out with an aggressive rear diffuser, large roof-mounted rear spoiler and front apertures, and unique lower wing elements created to direct air to the air-curtain inlets. In particular, according to the manufacturer, the new Ford Focus became 88 kg lighter.

The restyled Focus adds a longer nose, although its basic proportions and size are the same as the outgoing vehicle.

The profile remains familiar
The profile remains familiar

But for drivers who detest parallel parking, the handiest new feature will be Active Park Assist 2 which operates not just the steering but also the gears, throttle and braking to enable fully-automated parking at the push of a button.

While this somewhat sounds like design waffle - and to an extent it is - Ford has clearly made the Focus a lot more user-friendly.

Ford has introduced its redesigned global Focus, a more spacious, tech-filled and connected compact auto that the Dearborn automaker will tweak to fit markets across the world. The Focus, one of Ford's most popular vehicles of all-time from a global standpoint, has received a full redesign and will be on sale in North American in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model. A supporting Park-Out Assist is also able to drive the Focus out of a parallel spot on its own. In addition, for a popular compact model has the Deluxe version of the Vignale and "passable" modification is Active.Representatives of the American brand noted that Ford motors is the most "technically flawless and armed with a Focus in history".

Ford's Sync 3 system takes care of the infotainment via voice commands or a 20cm colour touchscreen that can be pinched and swiped like a smartphone, while smartphones can be wirelessly charged on an inductive pad.

The other models will use independent rear suspension, with a new isolated subframe for the short long arm (SLA) for better control over bumps. Furthermore, an eight-speed automatic gearbox completes the powertrain-drivetrain duo. Ford has not announced which engines will be offered in North America.

While it won't be standard across the new Focus line-up, Co-Pilot360 will be offered in different regions.

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