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NEW Ford Focus: Everything You Need To Know

The new Focus is the fourth generation of the model, the new style aims to take on the Volkswagen Golf with its sharp design and updated technology. It will be available from September and will be available in 7 variants that each offer an ample amount of technology and styling.  [See: Ford Focus Car Leasing Deals for our latest car leasing offers]

Ford's outgoing Focus model has been dated for quite some time, whilst the exterior still looks current the interior really lacked in terms of the technology offered and styling.

The new Focus brings new exterior styling to refresh the model range to compete with fierce competition from brands such as Volkswagen with its Golf, the Kia C'eed and the Toyota Auris which are all scheduled for facelifts.

Can Ford increase the popularity of the Focus and bring a bit of style back to the family hatchback class?

Here's everything you need to know about the all-new Ford Focus.

NEW Ford Focus: Pricing

The new Ford Focus features seven trim levels that have been used on previous Ford models, these are made up of Style, Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and Vignale.

The specification levels have reduced, the price to enter the Focus range by around £2,000, which could result in more customers going for a new Ford Focus rather than a competitor vehicle.

The Style specification level starts at £17,930, the sportier looking ST-Line starts at £21,570 but drivers wanting a bit more class in their Focus can go for the top of the range Vignale model which starts at £25,450.

For those who prefer the extra ride height, there is a Ford Focus active which adds a 30mm taller ride height and some extra body cladding.

An estate version is also offered with the same trim line up apart from the Active model.

NEW Ford Focus: Exterior and Design

The new Ford Focus design is one to be admired, whilst it does have some hints back to previous models such as the front grille. The new Focus is more than just a bit of facelifting, nearly everything about the exterior styling has changed as well as the vehicle's proportions.

For the untrained eye, you'd probably think that the new Focus is near enough the same size as the outgoing model, but that isn't the case. To give the new Focus a more prominent look the cabin actually sits further back when compared to the older model, the A-pillars are also slanted backwards and a longer bonnet also features.

The new Focus is actually lower and wider that is was previously, giving off a more stance and stable look on the road whilst sharp body lines used throughout and the con-caved shapes on the doors bring the size back into proportion.

One thing that we can't help thinking with the new design is that how familiar it already looks. At a quick glance, the rear end nods its head to the Mercedes A-Class in terms of the stance it has and how it looks.

The exterior design of the new Focus is pretty impressive, Ford has done well reinventing such a reserved model and has added some sporty features that make the overall design a bit more interesting.

NEW Ford Focus: Interior and Technology

One of the biggest upgrades to the new Ford Focus is the interior, the outgoing model really didn't keep up with the times. On previous models the Focus had a button for everything, this resulted in a really cluttered and dated centre console, to work around that on the previous facelift they just added a big whopping screen, which looked great, but again was still dated.

The new Focus interior overhaul has really done the Focus justice, Ford has done away with the majority of the buttons and added a sleek touchscreen that the dashboard is centered around, it uses Ford's SYNC 3 system, which isn't the best when compared with rival vehicles but it's easy to use and has a lot of functionality.

All new Ford Focus models will benefit from Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system, this is housed in an eight-inch touchscreen and will feature Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity. Another nice feature about the Ford SYNC 3 system is that it will feature a new system called FordPass Connect, this includes a WiFi hotspot and can provide connectivity for up to 10 devices and live updates for the SAT-NAV.

The FordPass also brings further connectivity in the form of an app. Drivers will be able to download a smartphone app which will allow them to locate, unlock and lock their car. If you go for the eight-speed auto engine then the app will be able to start the car remotely.

If you do decide to go for one of the high-spec models with a six-speed manual or the new eight-speed auto this will add a rotary gear selector, similar to ones seen in Jaguar's. On high spec models and autos a new electric handbrake features.

With interior space, things are pretty similar to the previous Focus, although, it is a bit bigger inside meaning it will be a bit more comfortable due to the increased wheelbase.

NEW Ford Focus: Safety and Driver Assistance

Ford has improved its safety and driver assistance systems with the new Focus. You will now be able to specify your Focus with Level 2 Autonomous driving, this makes use of Ford's Co-Pilot360 system bringing Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Sign Recognition and Lane-Centring to the new Focus.

Further safety assistance system includes Blind Spot Monitoring with Cross Traffic Alert and Wrong Way Alert, Evasive Steering Assist. Also featured are the Ford MyKey system, Post-Collision Braking and inflatable seatbelts.

Full-LED headlights will be offered to customers too, adding a matrix function that prevents dazzling other drivers.

NEW Ford Focus: Engines and Performance

One thing that proved to be successful in the previous Focus were the engine choices. Smaller engines were offered with much more power and were much more economical. This is pretty much the same on the new Focus, the usual engines are offered which all feature stop/start as standard.

One of the key engines is the 1.0 EcoBoost offering 84bhp, 99bhp and 123bhp power outputs, CO2 emissions will be as low as 108g/km on this range of engines.

For those who need a bit more power, there is a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost with power outputs of 148 and 180bhp. Along with the new 1.5 petrol is a range of new EcoBlue diesel engines, two 1.5-litre types of diesel are offered with 94bhp, 118bhp and a more powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre.

The new automatic gearbox will be optional on the following engines: 1.0-litre 123bhp, 1.5-litre petrol with 148bhp along with the 118bhp 1.5 and 2.0-litre diesel.

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Posted on 13th April 2018 at 3:21 PM

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