New Fo­cus

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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).

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