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Ford Focus Adds Interior Space, Style, and Tech

11 April 2018

Falling in line with the new Ka and Fiesta, Ford will offer sports-tuned ST-Line, luxurious Vignale and SUV-inspired Active versions alongside the Zetec and Titanium trims.

Ford are also covering all the bases they can with the new Focus, delivering a regular five-door hatchback, and Estate, a high-riding Active and a posh Vignale.

While there are a range of new engines available in Europe, Australia-bound models are set for a big change under the bonnet, with four-cylinder engines being replaced by a choice of two three-cylinders.

Bakaj also claims that Focus Four is also as good to drive, though we'd like to try that for ourselves. The three-cylinder and turbodiesels will only make sense in CO2-taxed markets like Europe.

"This complexity reduction helps Ford lower and control costs while ensuring Focus customers can more easily and quickly find the model that meets their needs", the company said. Instead, it uses a shift-by-wire rotary knob which you turn to select P-R-N-D.

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"These launches a testament to Ford's ongoing commitment to China's critical midsize vehicle market", said head of Ford's Asia-Pac operations Peter Fleet. There's also driving modes selector complete with Sport mode. Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system is available with an 8.0-inch color touchscreen in the new Focus and FordPass Connect modem technology provides features such as Live Traffic updates. Then there is the addition of driving modes (Normal, Sport and Eco), which vary how the auto behaves.

Future Ford vehicles will adopt this pattern.

The Heads-Up Display (projected on a pop-up polycarbonate screen) one-ups its rivals by being the first of its type that can be read with polarized sunglasses. Go for a diesel and prices start from £20,270 and £21,350. If stopped longer than this, the driver can push a button on the steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away.

The adaptive headlamps are not only active but predictive.

A new Active Park Assist system, meanwhile, can take control over acceleration, braking, and - in automatic cars, presumably - the transmission. In Europe, the Focus will use either the 1.5-liter EcoBoost or a 2.0-liter diesel engine.

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The wheelbase - that's the distance between front and rear axles - has also been increased, and there's a shorter overhang at the rear, along with a lower overall profile. On Tuesday, executives declined to say whether Ford is preparing for U.S. President Donald Trump moving forward with plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on cars imported from China. Ford has been able to slim that down, while still providing plenty of bins and cup holders. The rear wheel is then fed this information and pre-emptively reacts.

Inside, things are markedly different to what we're used to in the current Focus.

The new Vignale variant has a luxury focus, with styling touches to the bodywork. The slump has continued into 2018, with Ford's China sales down 23% in January and February.

The 2020 Focus will also get some new available features, like a foot-swipe-activated hands-free liftgate and a wireless charging pad.

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Ford Focus Adds Interior Space, Style, and Tech