Fo­cus on global plat­form car

Sleek and strong German-made Ford revs for its Aus­tralian de­but

South Western Times - - Wheels - Ewan Kennedy

FORD Aus­tralia has pro­vided us with de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the German-made Fo­cus that's due here at a date yet to be an­nounced, but prob­a­bly late this year.

New Ford Fo­cus will be the first ve­hi­cle built on com­pany's C2 global plat­form, mak­ing for greater body strength with less weight.

Styling gives it a low and sleek look, with a huge front grille and a slick tail ob­vi­ously aimed at low aero drag. It cer­tainly moves away from the some­what bland shape of pre­vi­ous Fo­cuses.

Body types are sedan, five-door hatch­back and sta­tion wagon. Ford Aus­tralia won't con­firm that all will be com­ing to Aus­tralia.

Cars com­ing Down Un­der will have a strong em­pha­sis on safety, with Au­ton­o­mous Emer­gency Brak­ing with Night-time Pedes­trian and Cy­clist De­tec­tion stan­dard across the range. An im­pres­sive safety fea­ture is a rear wide-view cam­era, of­fer­ing al­most 180 de­grees for im­proved vis­i­bil­ity when re­vers­ing from park­ing spaces or drive­ways.

Power for Aus­tralian fo­cus mod­els will be gen­er­ated by ei­ther a 1.5-litre three-cylin­der nat­u­rallyaspi­rated en­gine or a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol Eco­Boost unit. Both will sit be­side an eight-speed torque­con­verter au­to­matic trans­mis­sion or a six-speed man­ual in Europe, how­ever we are not sure if the man­ual will be of­fered here.

We will pro­vide more de­tails on the new Ford Fo­cus as they be­come avail­able.

In the mean­time it's fas­ci­nat­ing to note that the two ‘lo­cal’ car mar­ques are keen to pro­mote the German build qual­ity of their ve­hi­cles, with Ford Fo­cus and Holden Com­modore be­ing made in the coun­try where cars were in­vented more than 130 years ago.

Styling of the next gen­er­a­tion Ford Fo­cus gives it a low, sleek look.

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