Ford Focus Eco-Boost

The new Ford Focus is on its way.

Ford Focus

Ford Focus

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.

Ford Focus sedan

Ford Focus sedan

INTERIOR

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.

Ford Focus Eco-Boost interior

Ford Focus Eco-Boost interior

SAFETY

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

 PRICES
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
Options
Metallic Paint 750 658
Styling Pack 14810 12991
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

Ford Focus updated

Focus upgrade

 

The Fors Focus range is getting a bit of an upgrade. Ford has added 4 models to the Focus line up.

Additional models

Hatch (5-door)
2.0 TDCi Trend (6-speed manual transmission)
2.0 TDCi Trend (6-speed PowerShift auto transmission)

Sedan (4-door)
1.6 Ti-VCT Ambiente (6-speed PowerShift auto transmission)
2.0 GDi Trend (5-speed manual transmission)

Engines

The 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT has a maximum power output of 92kW @ 6 000rpm and 159Nm at 4 000rpm. CO2 emissions are as low as 145g/km with an average fuel consumption of 6.2 litres/100 km on a combined cycle, dependent on bodystyle and transmission.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine found in the Focus is one of the first on the market to combine the technology of gasoline direct injection (GDi) with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), producing 125kW of power and 200Nm of torque. CO2 emissions are as low as 154g/km with an average fuel consumption of 6.6 litres/100 km on a combined cycle, dependent on bodystyle and transmission

The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi model produces 120kW @ 3 750 rpm and 340Nm @ 2 000 – 3 250 rpm. Thanks to its efficient fuel pump and a low friction accessory drive power, torque, economy and emissions are notably enhanced.  CO2 emissions are as low as 134g/km with an average fuel consumption of 5.1 litres/100 km on a combined cycle, dependent on bodystyle and transmission.

All engine options can be paired with Ford’s acclaimed PowerShift transmission. Unlike regular hydraulically operated automatic transmissions, which use power-sapping torque converters, wet clutches and pumps, Ford’s dual-clutch PowerShift automatic consists of two manual transmissions working in parallel. Each has its own independent clutch unit controlled by computers and fast-acting electromechanical actuators that shift the gears.

Other changes

The information system, called SYNCH, has been improved and is now fitted to most of the range.

Ford SYNC is a software platform that provides hands-free, voice-activated in-car connectivity. Available on the Trend and Sport derivatives, the SYNC system allows customers to connect a compatible mobile phone or digital media player to their Focus via Bluetooth®1 or USB.

The SYNC system can recognise up to 150 voice commands and is able to cope with variations in accents and vocabulary, making it easier to access more content by voice.  It is compatible with most mobile phone devices and allows the driver to make calls via voice commands and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

SYNC is able to retrieve text messages and reads them aloud. It is even able to identify popular abbreviations and emoticons such as LOL (laugh out loud) and 😀 (big smile). Using voice activation, the driver can also send a reply from a predetermined list of 15 responses while on the move.

The second change is a  capless refuelling system, new to the whole range.

Cost

Prices start at R217 560 for the 1.6 Ambiente 5-door and increase  to R353 700 for the ST 2.0 GTDi 3 door.

Ford Focus review

Ford Focus review

The Ford Cortina was our car for the people in the seventies before Ford’s Sierra took over the role. It may just be that the new Focus takes up  where they left off. It is more than good enough. It has it all. Good looks. Space. Handling. Power. And good value for money.

Good points

I think this new Focus is a real looker. Both the sedan (pictured) and the hatchback are really good looking cars inside and out. The car is in balance. Walk around the car and you won’t find an angle that is out of place or appears clumsy. It all fits together very nicely.

The handling and performance is excellent. The turbo diesel we drove has loads of oomf and happily pushes you back into your seat when you put pedal to metal. Reminded me of the old Basil Green performance Fords, just better round corners. Fuel consumption figures are excellent. Expect around 9 litres per 100 km for the petrol cars and under 7 for the diesels.

Bad points

The light blue indicator hands of the dials are ugly. The instrumentation designer should be sent back to design school. Perhaps he is a little colour blind and just did not see just how ugly it is. You kind of get used to it after a while. In a way it fits in with the rest of the displays.

I did not like the button shift arrangement for changing up and down. Instead of paddles or a gearstick up down arrangement the head of the gear lever has an up and a down button on it. Weird.

In summary

Ford is back, big time, with a car to take on the Golf.

The one to get is the 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift at R281 100. With 120 kW and 340Nm of torque you wont look back. We drove and enjoyed the 2.0 Trend PowerShift with 125 kW and 202Nm priced at R264 300.

The Focus range starts at R208 400 for the very efficient 1.6 Ambiente. The 2.0 Sport hatch at R266 200 will appeal to the young at heart.