The new Focus is based on Ford C2 platform which reduces weight and improves efficiency over the previous model
Ford officially revealed new generation of Focus which made its first debut in 1998 and the company has sold more than 16 million units around the world. The new Focus is based on Ford C2 platform which reduces weight and improves efficiency over the previous model. The design of new Focus is based on human centric design theme of Ford and it is sleeker which helps the Focus to cut through the air efficiently, resulting in lowest co-efficient drag in its class.
Aston Martin inspired front grill with sharp headlamps and new bumper gives a sporty look for Focus. The rear gets two piece light with LEDs and the Focus name is written between the tail lights. Ford offers Focus in four trim levels – Vignale, ST-Line, Active and Titanium, all these variants have different design focus like sporty and premium.
The interior design of the Focus is completely new which starts with new three spoke steering wheel, instrument cluster and centre console, which get 8 inch Sync 3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford also reduced the number of buttons on Focus and an optional 675 watt B&O sound system with sub-woofer and 10 speakers.
Ford also increased wheelbase of Focus by 53 mm and tyres are placed on the edges, reducing overhangs thus improving interior space. To improve ride quality and handling, Ford introduces Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) with independent rear suspension.
The new generation Focus is packed with lots of technologies like head-up display, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, active park assist, cyclist detection, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, post-crash braking assist, wrong way alert, evasive steering assist and more. FordPass Connect app allows customers to control various functions like locating the vehicle, lock and unlock doors, remote starting (available only with automatic gearbox) and check vehicles stats like fuel and oil level.
Ford offers a wide variety of engines with Focus which starts with 1.0 L EcoBoost engine producing 84 hp, 99 hp and 123 hp, 1.5 L EcoBoost puts out 148 hp and 180 hp. The diesel engines include 1.5 L EcoBlue engine producing 94 hp and 118 hp and 2.0 EcoBlue engine puts out 148 hp of power and 370 nm of torque.
These engines are mated to 6 speed manual or 8 speed automatic gearbox and the 1.5 L engine also comes with cylinder de-activation technology to further improve efficiency. Ford will begin sales of the new generation Focus later this year in Europe and US.