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

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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

FO­CUS PRIC­ING

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).

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