Fo­cus on re­newal

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Newcomers - STEPHEN OT­T­LEY

A NEW Ford Fo­cus range is headed our way and starts with the range-top­ping XR5 Turbo (bot­tom). The hot hatch is the first lo­cally avail­able Fo­cus to high­light Ford’s ‘‘ki­netic de­sign phi­los­o­phy’’.

Though the car’s tur­bocharged five-cylin­der en­gine and six-speed man­ual gear­box re­main un­changed, the rest of the Fo­cus gets a make-over.

The most no­tice­able dif­fer­ence is the new front grille and head­light treat­ment, but there are also new rear tail-lights and bumper with in­te­grated dif­fuser.

New 18-inch al­loy wheels and a rear spoiler give the car its sporty look.

The in­te­rior has been altered to im­prove com­fort and qual­ity, in­clud­ing soft-touch fin­ishes on the in­stru­ment panel.

The new XR5 Turbo is on sale from $36,990.

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