ALL-NEW FORD FO­CUS GETS SHARP NEW LOOK AND BAGS MORE TECH

Ford has just put its fourth-gen­er­a­tion Fo­cus on sale, for de­liv­er­ies in Septem­ber. The fam­ily hatch­back’s ma­jor re­vamp keeps it at the top of its game.

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WHAT’S NEW?

Who’d have thought it? When Ford re­placed the fa­mous Es­cort back in 1998, al­most no-one would have wa­gered money on the re­place­ment car last­ing a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

But the Ford Fo­cus has be­come a wor­thy suc­ces­sor to the mighty Es­cort; it’s now 20 years old and will see 25 at least, if not make its third decade.

We are now in the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Fo­cus, which has just gone on sale: you’ll see it on the roads by early au­tumn.

The Fo­cus was the third big­gest-sell- ing car in the UK last year. Its smaller sis­ter, the Ford Fi­esta was first, fol­lowed by the VW Golf. The Nis­san Qashqai is chas­ing its heels in fourth po­si­tion in the sales rankings.

Not only does it have a new ex­ter­nal de­sign for 2018, but the new Fo­cus gets lots more tech­nol­ogy and a new cabin – all the while of­fer­ing ei­ther price dis­counts or at least carry-over prices from out­go­ing mod­els.

There are also new mod­els: the Fo­cus Ac­tive cross­over and the up­mar­ket Fo­cus Vig­nale.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

In a nut­shell: classier and sportier, says the man­u­fac-

“The ex­te­rior de­liv­ers “class-lead­ing aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency” through the sleek, lower pro­file; the short rear over­hangs; trun­cated cor­ners; and har­mo­niously in­te­grated aero­dy­namic fea­tures.”

turer. The new look Fo­cus has a more pre­mium, sport­ing sil­hou­ette while of­fer­ing in­creased com­fort and roomi­ness.

This hap­pens through po­si­tion­ing the A-pil­lars fur­ther rear­ward; and de­ploy­ing a longer bon­net and flow­ing front bumper, cou­pled to a marked re­duc­tion in the wedge of the belt­line.

The ex­te­rior de­liv­ers “class-lead­ing aero­dy­namic ef­fi­ciency” through the sleek, lower pro­file; the short rear over­hangs; trun­cated cor­ners; and har­mo­niously in­te­grated aero­dy­namic fea­tures.

IN­SIDE THE CABIN

The pas­sen­ger area is said to be sim­pli­fied and less clut­tered. The front doors now flow “flu­idly” be­hind the in­stru­ment panel for a more up­mar­ket, wrap-around ef­fect.

New pre­mium ma­te­ri­als en­hance the trav­el­ling ex­pe­ri­ence and the posher mod­els get the likes of fine-grain wood-ef­fect fin­ishes and pre­mium leather.

Ford is boast­ing that each model has an “out­stand­ing” com­bi­na­tion of com­fort, safety and driver as­sist tech, help­ing to make it the “most ac­com­plished and tech­ni­cally ad­vanced” Fo­cus ever.

A new “hu­man-cen­tric” de­sign en­hances the cock­pit, and tech/as­sists in­clude New Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recog­ni­tion and Lane- Cen­tring tech­nolo­gies to help ne­go­ti­ate stop-start traf­fic. Pre­dic­tive curve light and Sign­based light will help driv­ers see more clearly.

There is also the first Headup dis­play for a Ford model in Europe. And Ac­tive Park As­sist 2 en­ables fully au­to­mated park­ing ma­noeu­vres at the push of a but­ton.

MODEL RANGE

The en­try-level Style trim comes as stan­dard with 16in al­loys, air con, DAB dig­i­tal ra­dio with Blue­tooth and Emer­gency As­sist, elec­tronic park­ing brake, au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, Hill Start As­sist and

Lane-keep­ing Aid.

Zetec mod­els add high­lights such as Ford’s SYNC3 DAB Ra­dio with a 6.5in touch­screen and Ap­ple Carplay/an­droid Auto func­tion­al­ity, cruise con­trol with speed lim­iter, front fog lights and Quick­clear heated wind­screen.

Ti­ta­nium trim brings more good­ies in­clud­ing front and rear park­ing sen­sors, key­less en­try and start, a larger eight-inch colour touch­screen, sat nav and Ford­pass Con­nect wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity.

The Ti­ta­nium X boosts the lux­ury fur­ther with par­tial leather trim, a power-ad­justable driver’s seat, pri­vacy glass and 17in al­loy wheels.

SPORTS TRIM

For sporty driv­ers, the St-line of­fers unique body styling, in­clud­ing rear spoiler, pol­ished twin tailpipes, alu­minium gear knob, al­loy fin­ish ped­als and red stitch­ing.

The St-line X adds 18in al­loy wheels, red brake calipers and many of the lux­ury fea­tures found on the Ti­ta­nium X model.

A high-end B&O Play au­dio sys­tem is avail­able as a £350 op­tion on Ti­ta­nium, Ti­ta­nium X and St-line X mod­els.

LUX­URY MODEL

At the top of the all-new Fo­cus range sits the lux­u­ri­ous Fo­cus Vig­nale, join­ing the up­mar­ket Ford range that already in­cludes Mon­deo, S-MAX, Kuga, Edge and Fi­esta Vig­nale mod­els.

Fea­tur­ing a unique front grille and body styling with 18in wheels, the Fo­cus Vig­nale is dis­tin­guished by full LED light­ing front and rear.

In­side, you’ll find leather up­hol­stery, head-up dis­play, rear view cam­era, heated steer­ing wheel and the 675-watt 10-speaker B&O Play Pre­mium Au­dio Sys­tem.

OTHER TRIMS

Ford is also launch­ing an Suv-like Ford Fo­cus Ac­tive, which has a more mus­cu­lar ex­te­rior and a 30mm taller ride height.

An es­tate ver­sion is also on the way, with a 1,650-litre load space.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Prices start at £17,930 for the Fo­cus Style – £2,300 be­low the model it re­places.

The Fo­cus Zetec and St-line – to­gether rep­re­sent­ing 55 per cent of sales – are now £850 and £250 less re­spec­tively.

The full line-up is: Fo­cus Style (£17,930), Zetec (£19,300), St-line (£21,570), St-line X (£24,050), Ti­ta­nium (£21,550), Ti­ta­nium X (£22,820) and Vig­nale (£25,450).

WHO WOULD BUY IT?

The Fo­cus will ap­peal to a wide range of buy­ers, par­tic­u­larly fam­i­lies and ac­tive peo­ple who want a mod­ern, ef­fi­cient car that’s packed with tech­nol­ogy yet great to drive.

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