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change to the wheelbase, but the car crouches 20mm lower and the nose has been stretched by 30mm to improve pedestrian crash protection.
There are two Design Study teaser cars at the Detroit show but only one, the sedan, has a fully fitted cabin.
The interior has an upmarket look with stitched upholstery, high-end Sony sound system, contrasting piano black and satin metal finishes, and trapezoidal shapes in a driverfocused layout.
It’s far too early for Ford Australia to set powerplants or equipment levels for the domestic market, but the plan includes an all-new 2.0-litre engine — with direct fuel injection and a six-speed, twin-clutch gearbox.
These are being readied for the US and some parts of Asia. There is also a 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine, a cousin to the 2-litre four that will be fitted to the locally made Falcon this year. Ford says the Ecoboost package uses direct fuel injection and turbocharging to reduce engine capacity without performance loss, with the benefit of a 20 per cent improvement in fuel economy and a similar drop in CO2 emissions.
A great deal of work has gone into making the Focus quieter, more comfortable and safer while improving the car’s famed agility. The body for the global Focus will be 55 per cent high-strength steel. Eight different thicknesses of steel will be combined in the B-pillar for sideimpact protection.
Ford is promising a raft of technology, including the sort of dynamic cornering control normally fitted to high-end sports cars.
Instead of using braking the way it operates in ESP stability control, DCC uses ‘‘torque vectoring’’ of the driven wheels to help the car pull itself through corners. Engineers have also tweaked the steering for better precision and to improve fuel economy.
The Australian on-sale date for the global Focus is still being decided, with America and Europe up first.
Ford Australia spokesperson Sinead McAlary says: ‘‘We believe some Asian markets will get it early in 2012, and we are in the middle there somewhere between the US and Asia.’’
Inside story: the interior features piano black and satin metal finishes.