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11 April 2018, 07:36 | Justin Tyler
New 2018 Ford Focus unveiled
The new Focus is Ford's shot at supremacy in Europe's compact auto segment, but the Volkswagen Golf and Opel Astra won't go down without a fight.
The 2020 model will have an all-new suspension design and a stiffer chassis, along with a reworked steering system, in the interest of making the auto more fun to drive.
Along with the usual five-door hatchback and wagon, and four-door sedan body styles, the all-new Focus will also be offered in a high-riding Active guise for the first time.
The range will comprise seven variants from launch, starting with Style (at £17,930), the range progresses through Zetec (£19,300), ST-Line (£21,570), ST-Line X (£24,050), Titanium (£21,550), Titanium X (£22,820) and the top-of-the range Vignale (£25,450).
Powertrain options in the new Focus include further-optimised versions of Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost and new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, both enhanced with Ford's cylinder deactivation application for three-cylinder engines.
The five new models are the first instalment of a programme to launch 50 new or redesigned cars by 2025.
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 nook in the dashboard will offer optional wireless charging, and SYNC 3 will be offered with an optional 8-inch touchscreen.
Unlike other cars that rely on steering to change the beam of the headlights, the world first technology on the new Ford Focus uses cameras in the windscreen to scan the road ahead to detect corners and roundabouts that are up to 65 metres away. The 2019 Focus also gets Drive Mode Technology with three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco modes.
As our Focus is imported from Thailand rather than Europe, we don't expect the all-new Focus to be heading here anytime soon. The content of CoPilot360 will vary by region, but generally includes things like Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane-Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, and an updated version of Active Park Assist.
The Focus has been one of the most accomplished hatchbacks in its class and now Ford has given it a complete overhaul. Sitting on a new platform, the Focus has a longer wheelbase that should open up more space for backseat passengers.
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.
All new models in local showrooms will be made in Germany at the company's Saarlouis plant, as opposed to the current Focus which is sourced from Thailand.
Ford has created some pretty interesting cars over the years but none of them stand out as much as the Ford Focus.
While vehicle sales in China climbed 1.5 percent to 24.2 million units a year ago, Ford posted a 6 percent decline, according to the China Passenger Car Association.
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