Ford Focus Adds Interior Space, Style, and Tech

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Depending on the market, Ford will offer the Focus as a 4-door vehicle, 5-door wagon and/or 5-door hatchback.

Various trim levels will be available, including a more rugged "Active" version (already available for the Fiesta) that sits 30mm higher than the standard auto, the sporty ST-Line that sits 10mm lower and the luxury Vignale (available on most Ford models). All outputs are available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 118bhp diesel can be had with an eight-speed automatic.

The three-cylinder unit is said to produce 110kW, though peak torque is yet to be confirmed. The five-bar chrome grille has also been revised for the upgraded model. It also weighs 88kg less, like-for-like, which should also help improve overall efficiency. So this, the all-new Ford Focus is a big deal for Ford.

The A-pillars are positioned further rearward, resulting in a longer bonnet and front fenders.

Like the Fiesta, the Focus will come with an Active crossover body option, although that will be on offer at a later date.

The Focus line-up includes five-door hatch and estate bodystyles.

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

At the rear, two-piece LED tail-lights accommodate a more versatile tailgate opening. In the front, the instrument panel positioning has been optimized for getting in and out of the Focus and an electric parking brake and rotary gear shift dial frees up space and provide easier access to bins and cup holders for the driver and front passenger. There's also driving modes selector complete with Sport mode.

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Ford's new sedans and hatchbacks are to hit a Chinese marketplace where consumers have been clamouring for crossover sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), which along with multi-purpose vehicles such as minivans now account for almost one half of China's demand for passenger vehicles.

While we've talked about the above safety kit, the headlights on the new Focus are so advanced that they deserve their own mention. The all-new C2 platform accords the fourth generation Focus with 20 percent more torsional rigidity, while stiffness of individual suspension attachment points is increased by up to 50 per cent, reducing flex for better body control.

Bakaj also claims that Focus Four is also as good to drive, though we'd like to try that for ourselves.

As you might expect, the new vehicle is laden with tech; adaptive cruise control now features a stop and go function for navigating through traffic.

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. ST and RS models are expected to be added to the range in 2019.

Inside, the Vignale gains leather upholstery.

"We're evolving our successful One Ford strategy to find new ways to create a sporty-looking small vehicle our customers will love".

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