The Ford Fo­cus line starts at RM118,888 OTR with­out in­sur­ance.

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It’s one of the best-sell­ing cars in the world. The Blue Oval brand won’t be giv­ing up that reign any­time soon, at least not with the newly launched Fo­cus (avail­able in six colours, none­the­less). Ex­cel­lent dy­nam­ics have al­ways been a Ford Fo­cus trade­mark. Maybe it’s the sculpted hood and trape­zoidal grille that gives this over­hauled pocket rocket a bolder and more mod­ern face. Maybe it’s the slim front head­lamps and rec­tan­gu­lar fogs that frame its chis­elled yet ag­gres­sive sil­hou­ette. Maybe it’s the lower and wider stance that presents a more mus­cu­lar pres­ence, let­ting the world know that here lurks a beast of fright­en­ing power. And, sure, skep­tics would sug­gest the in­te­rior was less than im­pres­sive but we’d ar­gued other­wise. The ex­te­rior is com­ple­mented by a sim­pler in­te­rior that gives us ef­fort­less con­trol over the ve­hi­cle’s fea­tures. Lead­ing the charge is the in­tro­duc­tion of the SYNC 2 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, which boasts an eight-inch touch-screen (ded­i­cated to phone, nav­i­ga­tion, cli­mate and en­ter­tain­ment func­tions) and an up­dated voice com­mand sys­tem. The big­ger dis­play also means that the dash­board is no longer clut­tered with tiny Its per­for­mance on the road also leaves lit­tle room for doubt. The new Fo­cus was solid and re­spon­sive, and thanks to the en­hanced door trim and en­gine in­su­la­tion, ex­tremely quiet too. Join­ing the 1.5-litre EcoBoost en­gine is a new six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. The new Fo­cus is per­fectly smooth and it works up to higher gear quickly, which trans­lates to bet­ter fuel ef­fi­ciency. Score! Those who are anx­ious about nail­ing that park­ing in a crowded mall will be grate­ful for its swanky new tech­nol­ogy. The En­hanced Ac­tive Park As­sist helps scans for avail­able spa­ces and will guide the Fo­cus into a per­pen­dic­u­lar or par­al­lel park. All you’ll need to do is work the brakes and ac­cel­er­a­tors. When tested out at the labyrinth of a park­ing area in KLCC, the Fo­cus man­aged to squeeze it­self be­tween two SUVs un­der a minute. Al­ways a solid car, the new Fo­cus has reached heights few oth­ers can boast about, and has fixed many of the weak­nesses that we dis­liked in the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, mak­ing it one of the most well-rounded and smartest small cars on the mar­ket to date.

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