Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Ford showed the Focus of the fourth generation

Ford showed the Focus of the fourth generation

Ford's all-new Focus was unveiled on Tuesday as the most refined and technically-advanced incarnation of a auto that has so far sold more than 16 million units around the world.

The new models will go on later this year Ford representatives said this week after company unveiled them at an event in Chongqing, the base of its principal partner in China, Changan Ford.

As Ford Motor Co. rolls out a redesigned version of its Focus compact vehicle in China and Europe, it's also debuting a strategy to be more choosy about which buyers it battles for and where.

The Focus hatchback will be offered in ST-Line trim - which has a suspension 10mm lower than the standard car's - and as an Active-badged near-crossover variant, which sits 30mm higher than standard. An estate version has also been launched, which, aside from the Active model, boasts an identical trim line-up. Ford will bake in lane-centering, too, to keep the Focus in-between the lines.

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Adaptive cruise control (ACC) enhanced with stop & go, speed sign recognition and lane-centring for effortlessly negotiating stop-start traffic.

Ford's Pre-Collision Assist system now detects pedestrians and cyclists and can automatically apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision.

There's also a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost (four output levels, from 85 PS to 125 PS) and two more turbo diesels - 1.5-litre EcoBlue (95 PS to 120 PS) and 2.0-litre EcoBlue (150 PS), but we don't expect these to be coming to Malaysia.

For most markets you're looking at a powertrain lineup consisting of 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-3 and 1.5-liter turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engines, and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 diesel.

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The Focus has always been the benchmark in its class for chassis control and the all-new model is expected to continue to legacy.

The new Focus offers a wider range of advanced features than any Ford before it, including semi-autonomous driving options.

Update as I type: first image of the Ford Focus hatchback. Come late 2019, both the estate and hatchback ranges will be bolstered with warm ST versions.

Ford places a lot of emphasis on the new Focus' technology credentials, with majority coming in the shape of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control with stop&go (active up to a top speed of 200 km/h or 125 mph), speed sign recognition and lane centering. The 2019 Focus also gets Drive Mode Technology with three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco modes. The family hatch will be £2210 cheaper than the outgoing model and be cheaper to run thanks to a new range of petrol and diesel engines. The automaker also said the new Focus will be easier to get in and out of. Ford claims the new model is the most accomplished and technically-competent Focus ever. An embedded modem turns the Focus into a mobile WiFi hotspot that provides connectivity for up to 10 different devices. There's also full LED lights with a matrix function.

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It features Ford's latest SYNC3 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen, Band & Olufsen sound system and wireless charging. Production of the third-generation Focus ceased on the 6th of April, 2018.

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