Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Ford Focus debuts with a classier look

Ford Focus debuts with a classier look

The announcement coincided with the unveiling of the fourth-generation Focus in Europe, where it was billed as one of the brand's most advanced mainstream cars to date. 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.

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. Details for the performance ST and RS variants will only be announced much later.

The three-cylinder unit is said to produce 110kW, though peak torque is yet to be confirmed. Range-topping Vignale models will start from £25,350 for the hatch and £26,550 for the estate. Ford says the new Focus comes equipped with an anti-pollution air purifier system, to get those dirty 2.5 PM particles out of the air. Also, the wheelbase is 53mm longer which in turn has shortened the overhangs.

The design of the vehicle of new generation used more high-strength steel, thereby to achieve weight reduction. The only sedans, hatchbacks and coupes that are sticking around will be lower-volume, higher-priced models that'll help the company reach a long-sought profit margin goal.

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SYNC 3, housed in the eight-inch color touchscreen, is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Up front, Ford says the instrument panel is "optimized for getting in and out of the vehicle".

The tail lights are now two-piece, allowing for a more versatile deck-lid opening, while LED lighting provides distinctly recognisable signatures in daylight and darkness. Automatic models do away with the stick shifter, replacing it with a rotary dial to control the gears; combined with the electric parking brake, it means more space in the center console. Ford says it did that with large pet carriers in mind. Ford also reduced the number of buttons on Focus and an optional 675 watt B&O sound system with sub-woofer and 10 speakers.

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

If you have your hands full of Fido, the hands-free tailgate will help out too.

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Ford has revealed the all-new Focus - and it will have some pretty cool technology when it arrives in Australia later this year.

A wide-view rear camera will also be standard, while adaptive cruise control, rear cross traffic alert and "evasive steering assist" will be an option. Down the line, if all goes to plan, Ford's goal is to increase the modularity of its parts, so that different engines, components like sunroofs, and electrical systems can be shared just like vehicle platforms are. The front is sportier looking with new headlights, new grille designs and lower fascia changes.

On the inside, the Vignale gets premium leather upholstery and fine-grain wood trim.

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