New 2018 Ford Focus officially revealed

Apr 11, 2018, 09:00
New 2018 Ford Focus officially revealed

Rear passengers get almost three extra inches of leg room over the outgoing version, and Ford says that the new Focus has more interior volume than the old auto. As before, there are three body styles to choose from - five-door hatchback, five-door wagon, and four-door sedan.

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

Engine specifications for North America will be announced closer to launch, scheduled for the second half of 2019.

Overall dimensions are said to be unchanged, but the Focus' wheelbase will be stretched, and the automaker claims the new vehicle will boast "a more inviting and accommodating interior and more passenger space than ever".

There's a wide range of engine options - although, perhaps surprisingly, no hybrid yet - with the 1.0 litre Ecoboost in 84bhp, 99bhp and 123bhp guise, 1.5 litre EcoBoost in 148bhp and 180bhp and 1.5 litre EcoBlue diesels with 94bhp and 118bhp.

Now the manufacturer has unveiled the fourth-generation of its Focus, boasting an all-new look, improved safety tech and new trim levels.

The enhanced version of Active Park Assist operates the gear selection, acceleration, and braking when parking - prior versions required the driver to shift the gear and control the brake pedal. 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. That will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, too. It includes a 140 millimetre boot-mounted subwoofer and a mid-range speaker in the centre of the dashboard which Ford claims to have been specifically calibrated to offer one of the best audio experiences in any vehicle, emphasis on any vehicle. Ford also says it improved the car's steering feel with a new electric-assisted steering system. Ford calls it Adaptive Front Lighting, and it uses cameras to spot upcoming curves in the road and automatically adjust the beams to suit.

2018 Ford Focus range

The Ford Focus sedan, for China.

The Focus is the first model to be underpinned by Ford's new C2 platform that brings a 40 and 20 per cent increase in front crash load capability and torsional rigidity respectively. ST and RS models are expected to be added to the range in 2019.

Diesel drivers who are happy to pay the extra tax have the choice of a 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre engine. Ford has been able to slim that down, while still providing plenty of bins and cup holders. All use independent rear suspension.

Zhang said SUVs have been red-hot in China, but growth rates have slowed considerably in recent months to slightly more than 10 percent a year.

The sporty ST-Line grade stands out with an aggressive rear diffuser, large roof-mounted rear spoiler and front apertures, and unique lower wing elements created to direct air to the air-curtain inlets.

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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