Upgraded FOCUS enters the fray
In what is fast becoming the year of the small car, Ford announced has announced details of its upgraded Focus range, reports NICK DALTON
It’s becoming a battlefield in this segment with a host of new or freshened entries including the Mazda3, the Volkswagen Golf, a new Holden Cruze small sedan is on its way, a five-door Honda Civic hatchback has arrived, there’s a facelifted Citroen C4 and new Hyundai i30 wagons.
Now its Ford’s turn with the Focus arriving from South Africa after the XR5 Turbo version, featuring the new styling elements, coming first from Europe last year.
The new Focus incorporates the Blue Oval’s key kinetic design with a new bonnet, a new enlarged, trapezoidal opening of the lower grille, plus dramatically sculpted headlamps.
The range strategy for the core new Focus range (excluding the highperformance LV Focus XR5 Turbo, which was introduced in mid-2008) centres on three series levels across four distinct models – CL (entry), LX and TDCi (mid), and Zetec (high).
The long affixed Ghia nameplate has been dumped which is now across the board of the Ford line-up.
Customers have the choice of Ford’s 2.0-litre Duratec petrol engine, which is E10 capable, or the 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi common-rail turbo diesel engine, which develops 100kW of power and 320Nm of torque.
The Focus CL comes standard with airconditioning, tinted glass, fourspeaker CD audio system with input facility for iPod1/MP3 player, remote
CL hatch/sedan $21,990, auto $23,990 LX hatch/sedan $24,290, auto $26,290 TDCi hatch $28,290, auto $30,290 Zetec hatch $27,290, auto $29,290 XR5 Turbo hatch $36,990 Couep-cabriolet $45,490, auto $47,490 keyless entry, power front windows, power mirrors, trip computer and variable intermittent windscreen wipers.
Safety equipment includes driver, front passenger and front side airbags, as well as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution ( EBD). Dynamic Stability Control ( DSC) with Traction Control, Emergency Brake Assist ( EBA) and side curtain airbags are available as part of the optional Safety Pack.
LX and TDCi add 16in alloy wheels, front fog lamps, cruise control, leatherwrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, full power windows with global open/close functionality, driver’s seat map pocket, a large centre console with sliding armrest and a rear seat centre armrest.
DSC with Traction Control, EBA and side curtain airbags are all fitted as standard equipment on LX and TDCi models.
The sports Zetec model ups the ante with 17in alloy wheels, sports suspension, side body skirt, sports rear bumper, body coloured front fog lamp bezel and lower grille surround, rear spoiler, six-disc in-dash CD audio system, USB port for iPod integration and MP3 files on memory sticks, sports instrumentation with variable cluster dimming, footwell illumination, leather-wrapped gear knob (manual transmission only) and rear cupholders.
A major new innovation to Focus is the Ford PowerShift six-speed double clutch automatic transmission, which is available as an option on the TDCi model with the 2.0-litre Duratorq turbodiesel engine.
All new Focus models benefit automatic emergency hazard warning lights by automatically switching on the hazard warning lights to alert following motorist during hard braking.
The 2.0-litre Duratec petrol engine is E10 bio-ethanol fuel compatible.
The diesel comes with state-of-theart common rail injection technology for high efficiency, high pulling torque and low fuel consumption. In addition, under full acceleration, the engine calibration allows the maximum nominal torque to be exceeded by 20Nm for 8 seconds to deliver peak torque of 340Nm, just when the driver needs it most.
The efficiency of the PowerShift dual-clutch transmission results in fuel consumption of 5.9 litres/100km, which is only 0.3 litres/100km more than the manual TDCi (5.6 litres/100km).