The All-New Ford Focus
Ford is celebrating 20 years of the Focus with an all-new model for 2018. Made with Ford's recent 'human centric' approach, the updated Focus promises new levels of technology and comfort. We will also see the range expand with the addition of the Focus Active and Focus Vignale by the end of the year.
The new Focus will be available in a 5dr hatchback and Estate. The profile reveals a longer bonnet than the previous model, with A pillars moved backwards and shorter overhangs. The wheelbase has increased by 53mm allowing extra space in the cabin area. The central Ford grille has grown in size, headlights have become more horizontal and have moved further outwards creating a further feeling of width.
There are 13 exterior colours to choose from including; Orange Glow, Desert Island Blue and Dark Mulberry which is exclusive to the Vignale range.
Inside the changes to the Focus are the most obvious. The dashboard has been simplified and decluttered with features controlled via a floating touchscreen.
The longer wheelbase of the Focus has allowed for best in class knee room in the rear seats of 81mm and an increase of 60mm in shoulder room. Boot space has also expanded particularly in the estate version where the length to the back of the rear seat has increased by 25mm and the load height by 43mm. In the hatchback boot space with the rear seats in place has increase by 33 litres to 373 litres, and with the rear seats folded down there is up to 1320 litres of loading space available.
Trim Levels Available
The entry level models are the Style and Zetec. The Style model has alloy wheels as standard for the first time and the Zetec now has the floating touchscreen and cruise control as standard.
The luxury models are the Titanium and Vignale. The Titanium adds features such as front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry/start, navigation and heated seats. The Vignale model is the most luxurious Focus and includes touches such as; Active Part Assist, Head-up display, heated steering wheel and a B&O Play Premium Audio System. The Vignale trim level is new to the Focus.
The sporty model is the Focus ST-Line which is lowered by 10mm, has sports tuned suspension, 17" alloy wheels, rear spoiler and unique ST-Line body styling and badges.
The Focus Active is new to the range and will be available towards the end of 2018. This model provides SUV styling to the hatchback, with increased ride height and protective black cladding.
Drivers will have a choice of a Ford EcoBoost petrol engine or a Ford EcoBlue diesel engine. All engines meet Euro 6 standards, even when using the new World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure. Every engine comes with stop/start as standard, and will offer a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The petrol engines are the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with 85ps, 100ps or 125ps or the 1.5-litre EcoBoost with 150ps or 182ps. For those who prefer a diesel engine, there is the 1.5-litre EcoBlue with 95ps or 120ps or the 2.0-litre EcoBlue with 150ps.
Co2 emisisons are low across the entire engine range. The lowest can be found in the 1.5-litre EcoBlue 95ps hatchback at 91g/km.
Driver Assistance and New Technologies
There are many features that will be added to the Focus for the first time such as; selectable drive modes, electronic parking brake, hands-free tailgate, LED headlights, adaptive front lighting system and an openable panoramic roof.
There are also some features that are not only new to the Focus, but are new to Ford. These include; a rotary gear shift dial, Head-up display, rear wide-view camera and a wireless charging pad.
FordPass Connect is also a new feature making its debut in the Focus. FordPass enables the Focus to become a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, provides live traffic updates, and allows drivers to interact with their vehicle via remote features. It also includes Ford eCall. This feature will automatically contact the emergency services in the event of an accident, providing the exact location of your vehicle and allowing emergency services to talk to you, without the need for a mobile phone, to offer you support until help arrives. This is a potentially life saving feature which will significantly reduce the time between an accident occuring and emergency help arriving on the scene.
From your smartphone you will be able to remotely start your vehicle, remotely lock and unlock doors, and locate your vehicle. You will also be able to view vehicle information such as; fuel level, tyre pressure, oil level and the distance left until your next service is due. Vehicle health alerts will be sent to you, so you know when to schedule an oil change, when to check important fluid levels, and when to change brake pads.
FordPass benefits drivers by making sure the Focus is properly maintained, keeping you on top of safety and alerting you if your alarm is sounding.