This will be the next Ford Fo­cus!

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO MO­TOR­ING - Val van der Walt

FORD has fi­nally taken the cov­ers off the next gen­er­a­tion Fo­cus, af­ter the brand had fed the global me­dia with a se­ries of teaser images over the last few weeks.

It’s all new from the ground up, says Ford, and the first car on the brand’s new C2 plat­form and, while we are still await­ing the finer de­tail, will in­tro­duce ‘a num­ber of firsts for the seg­ment both in terms of safety and crea­ture com­forts’, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

Ford also says the new Fo­cus will be as safe as can be with a five star Euro NCAP rat­ing and in some mod­els even of­fer ‘level two au­ton­o­mous driv­ing’.

Two new Ecoboost petrol en­gines and two turbo-diesels will be do­ing duty un­der the bon­net and, de­riv­a­tive de­pend­ing, will be driven through ei­ther a six-speed man­ual or eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Pic­tured here is a ST-Line Ford Fo­cus, which sug­gests the brand will be copy­ing what mak­ers like VW have been do­ing, of­fer­ing a vari­ant with a sporty look at a lower price than the ac­tual hot model.

Ford has yet to re­veal de­tails of the ac­tual ST or RS mod­els.

The new Fo­cus will go on sale in Europe later this year and is ex­pected to reach lo­cal shores in 2019.

For­mer Mu­vango ac­tress Phindile Gwala re­ceives the keys to her Range Rover Evoque from Land Rover Em­pan­geni’s Mvelo Sibisi

The next gen­er­a­tion Ford Fo­cus - in ST-Line trim

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