New Ford Focus to offer a raft of technology as standard as well as the choice of hatch and wagon bodies and three-cylinder power
Standard equipment will include Autonomous Emergency Braking with Night Time Pedestrian Detection, Cyclist Detection and Lane Keeping Aid. There’s also Post Impact Braking, which applies the brakes after a collision to reduce the likelihood of the car hitting another vehicle after a collision. There’s also an 180 degree reversing camera, an 8.0inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and satellite navigation.
If you go for the flagship Titanium, you also get adaptive cruise control with stop & go – which essentially drives the car in peak hour traffic – and even a swanky Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Power will be derived from a highly advanced 1.5 litre three-cylinder EcoBoost (turbo) engine that produces 134kW/240Nm and matched to an all-new eight-speed automatic – the PowerShift is well and truly dead.
There will be three trim levels on offer from launch: the base Trend, the sporty mid-spec ST-Line and the fully loaded Titanium.
The Trend will sport 16 inch alloys, climate control, automatic headlights and wipers.
The ST-Line hatch and wagon get a honeycomb grille, side skirts and rear bumper capped with a chrome finished twin tail-pipe. The hatch includes an integrated boot-lid spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Focus ST-Line also comes standard with its own sports suspension tune for increased driver enjoyment.
Inside, there’s a ST-Line flat-bottom sports steering wheel features red-stitching, which extends to the gear-lever boot and ST-Line cloth trim. The ST-Line cabin also features metallic sports pedals.
Building on Focus’ SYNC® 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility on all models, Focus ST-Line adds wireless smartphone charging as standard, as well as dual-zone climate control that can be operated via voice activation to the Trend’s standard equipment list.
The ST-Line wagon also gets a cargo blind and roof rails.
Step up to the Focus Titanium and you get a bespoke front grille and 18 inch alloys, light bending LED headlights with automatic high beam and even sign recognition. Other tech includes Lane Centering Assist and Evasive Steer Assist, to help avoid accidents.
All Focus models will be sourced from Germany, as opposed to the current range – bar the ST and RS that are German – which is sourced from Thailand.
Further details will be revealed closer to launch.