HE new Ford Focus has a stylish, dynamic look and packs a number of smart technologies as well as turbocharged muscle.
The new Focus has a 1.5- litre four cylinder Ecoboost engine, which is the most powerful in its class – pumping out 178hp and 240Nm of torque, and is mated to a six- speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
It is priced at RM118,888 for the 5- door Trend variant and RM139,888 for the 4- door Titanium+ variant and 5- door Sport+ variants.
All Ford owners enjoy a cash rebate of RM3,000 when buying the new Focus until April 30.
For the RM21,000 price difference,
Tthe high- grade variants get extra kit including LED daytime running lights, power- adjustable side mirrors, auto headlamps, rain sensing wipers, dual- zone air- conditioning, 12V powerpoint in armrest stowage bin, leather upholstery, steering wheel- mounted paddle shifters, eight- inch touchscreen display SYNC2 with SD slot and nine audio speakers, rear armrest with integrated cup holders, side and curtain airbags, keyless entry and start, front parking sensors, Active Park Assist and City Stop, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, and cruise control.
The new Focus is also the only car in its class in Malaysia to have an enhanced Active Park Assist system, Blind Spot Information System ( BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert.
Other key features include SYNC 2, Ford’s in- car connectivity system that boasts an eight- inch colour touchscreen to operate phone, entertainment and climate control using a simple voice command system.
There is also a smart, hands- free parking system called Enhanced Active Park Assist, which builds on Ford’s popular Parallel Park Assist with the addition of Perpendicular Park Assist.
The new Focus has Electric Power Assisted Steering and also, increased refinement with improved engine insulation.
A drive was organised for members of the media immediately after the launch of the car, and we got to try out the four- door Titanium+ variant. Our first impression of the Focus sedan was positive.
We are happy to report that the new engine mated and transmission makes it feel like you’re driving a bigger car.
With its smooth power delivery, fluid gear changes on top of the throaty exhaust note, it was really fun getting behind the wheel.
The car handles well, the steering is sharp and responsive and Ford did a great job with the insulation as the cabin is very quiet.
In short, the new Focus has struck a balance in comfort, sporty driving and functionality in one package.
The car looks good too as the Titanium+ comes with a sleek wing on its boot.
The BhPetrol station at Tapah rest area ( south- bound).