The new Ford Focus is on its way.
Available in four and five-door guises, and in the new exterior colour Deep Impact Blue, the new Focus has a lower, wider stance, with a new bonnet, front fascia and grille.
“We weren’t satisfied with being No. 1; we wanted to make the best even better with a stunning new version of the Focus,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager for Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.
The Focus comes with either the 1.0 EcoBoost or the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines.
The new Focus offers fuel efficiency improvements of up to 19 percent compared with the current model, and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions across the range.
For the first time in South Africa, the Focus is available with the 92kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that was named the International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third successive year in 2014. One in three Focus models in Europe were sold with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine during the first half of last year, proving just how successful this combination is.
The new Focus is also offered with Ford’s new fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that delivers 132kW of power and 240 Nm of torque.
Both EcoBoost engines use a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed SelectShift Automatic will be available on the 1.5 EcoBoost models later this year.
The redesigned centre storage console offers more space as well as a new sliding, integrated armrest. The adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups with the capacity to simultaneously hold a one-litre water bottle and a 0.4-litre cup. Focus customers also will experience superior interior quietness, achieved with thicker carpets, thicker side window glass, and improved engine bay insulation.
The new Focus offers Perpendicular Parking (a segment first for Ford), a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars.
Cross Traffic Alert warns drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them. Operating with radar at a range of up to 40 metres, the system will issue three distinct warning signals if it detects a vehicle approaching from either side
Park-Out Assist helps drivers as they exit a parallel parking space. After the driver has chosen either the left or right hand side the system operates the steering while the driver operates the accelerator and brake.
Ford also has improved its Active City Stop collision avoidance system, which uses sensors at the front of the vehicle to look for stationary objects in the road ahead and pre-charges the brakes if the vehicle is approaching an object too quickly.
If the driver still does not respond the system reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions. Active City Stop now operates for the new Focus at speeds of up to 50 km/h, increased from 30 km/h.
In the case of moving objects Active Braking works in a similar way to Active City Stop but with a vehicle detection range of between 8 km/h and 180 km/h. It supports drivers at higher speeds, for example on a highway, by issuing warnings and applying braking as required.
Existing Adaptive Cruise Control technology enables Focus drivers to maintain a set distance from the vehicle ahead, even when that vehicle is travelling more slowly than the cruise speed.
For occasions when Adaptive Cruise Control is not active, Ford is now introducing Distance Indication, which enables drivers to set a preferred distance they would like to maintain with the vehicle ahead. Should the driver get any closer, the system issues a three-stage dashboard display warning – from grey to yellow to red.
Ford has now ramped up capacity worldwide to build the car in eight plants on four continents. Factories in Germany, US, Russia, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and Argentina have a combined capacity to produce more than 1.5 million Focus vehicles annually.
Figures for the 1.0 first then 1.5, then 1.5 auto
Acceleration 0-100km/h 11.1 8.7 9
Top Speed (km/h) 192 222 220
CO2 Emissions (g/km) * 116 128 140
Urban fuel consumption ℓ / 100km * 6.5 7.1 8.5
Extra Urban fuel consumption ℓ / 100km * 4.5 4.7 4.7
Combined fuel consumption ℓ / 100km * 5.0 5.6 6.1
|RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE|
|INCL E. Tax||INCL E. Tax|
|INCL VAT||EXCL VAT|
|Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente 4 door||212900||186754|
|Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 4 door||229900||201667|
|Focus 1.5 EcoBoost Trend 4 door||265900||233246|
|Focus 1.5 EcoBoost Trend 4 door Auto||279900||245526|
|Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Ambiente 5 door||217900||191140|
|Focus 1.0 EcoBoost Trend 5 door||234900||206053|
|Focus 1.5 EcoBoost Trend 5 door||271900||238509|
|Focus 1.5 EcoBoost Trend 5 door Auto||284900||249912|
|Driver Assistance Pack||11940||10474|
|16″ Alloy wheels (Ambiente Only)||6540||5737|
Warranty 4 yr/120 000km
Service plan 4 yr/80 000km
Corrosion guarantee 5 yr/unlimited km