All-new Ford Focus revealed

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Ford has revealed the new 4th generation version of Focus range – the family hatchback that redefined the company’s attitude to dynamic ability when it was launched in 1998. The American automaker says that the car’s agility, engagement and ‘fun-to-drive’ feelings remain unchanged; it has also retained driving engagement as a key priority for the new Focus. The new fourth-gen Focus will be available globally in three body styles – five-door hatchback, sedan and estate. The brand has said that a raft of new technology will make the Focus the most advanced car it sells in Europe. The Focus hatchback will be accessible in ST-Line trim – which has a suspension 10 mm lower than the standard car’s – and as an Active-badged near-crossover variant, which sits 30mm higher than standard. Ford’s upmarket Vignale specification will also be offered on the new car, in addition to the regular Titanium trim level.

Aside from otherwise consistent interior architecture, the Focus Active will feature some harder-wearing materials. The Vignale cars will receive more upmarket trims and include more satin materials and ST-Line models will be sportier. Meanwhile, regular Titanium versions will sit somewhere between these trims. The latest Focus is built on a highly flexible new Ford platform called C2, which will underpin dozens of medium-sized approaching models, containing the next-gen Kuga SUV. By 2021, Ford expects C-segment SUV and crossover sales to outstrip those of regular models. Initially, petrol engines for the new Focus will be the familiar three-cylinder EcoBoost units, adapted for improved economy. The 1.0-litre triple engine has a new turbocharger and cylinder head, a higher compression ratio (now 10.5:1) and increased injection pressure (250bar). It also has a petrol particulate filter.

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