All-new hatch set for global debut — Ford Focus

11 Abril, 2018, 03:50 | Author: Enrique Watson
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The all-new Ford Focus has been revealed in Europe.

"We're evolving our successful One Ford strategy to find new ways to create a sporty-looking small vehicle our customers will love", said Jim Farley, president of Global Markets. This is combined with a more upright tailgate to create a silhouette more akin to rivals like the VW Golf and Peugeot 308, rather than the more MPV-like shape of the third-generation auto.

Model of Ford Focus fourth generation will be offered in the back 5-door hatch. There will also be an estate bodystyle, and for the first time an Active model, with a rough n' tough look, will be sold.

The landscape illustrates the nexus of the shift from cars to trucks and SUVs and globalization.

The current 2018 Focus in the USA market is available in sedan and hatchback styles, with several trim options and sporty versions including the ST and RS models.

Despite the backlash against diesel, the 2018 Focus gets two oil burners in the form of 1.5 and 2.0 EcoBlue diesels.

The popular Zetec and ST-Line versions, which account for 55% of sales, are also more affordable, by £850 and £250 respectively. Go for a diesel and prices start from £20,270 and £21,350.

There is a variety of petrol and diesel engine variations available. The estate is £22,650 and £23,620 respectively. There are 98bhp (60.1mpg) and 123bhp (58.9) versions of this unit, and 148bhp and 180bhp are due to be added at a later date.

Ford has not made mention of a new ST or RS model, although we expect the former to be powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine powering the front wheels, as per the current ST. The lighter 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre EcoBlue will use a torsion beam, which Ford would rather refer to as a twist-beam, but infused with Ford-patented force vectoring spring technology borrowed from the Fiesta ST.

To wade into this battle, Ford has developed the Focus on a brand new platform that will also underpin a range of forthcoming mid-sized Ford models.

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Are there hybrid or electric models?

Unveiling the vehicle in Chongqing is "strong evidence of how important the Chinese market is to Ford and how important Focus is to our success in China", Peter Fleet, Ford's top executive in Asia, said at a company event there Tuesday.

The new vehicles will hit the USA market in 2019.

The 2019 Focus gets an all-new chassis and suspension with a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity, plus a electric power steering system that will provide a more engaging steering feel.

It means the navigation includes Live Traffic updates and allows passengers to surf the web on the move.

Where do we start?

It used to be that you'd need to buy a luxury vehicle to get features like adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assistance. Hammerlike headlights also help give the face a more dynamic look.

The styling is quite a departure from earlier Focus, with a rather Volvo-esque LED daytime running light pattern.

Depending on variant, a 675 Watt ten-speaker sound system from B&O Play is available.

Should I buy this or a Volkswagen Golf? Vehicle sales in the US, the second-biggest auto market globally, declined last after a seven-year growth streak.



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