Ford’s Fo­cus 1.5 ST-Line

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With a 20-year legacy in South Africa, the Ford Fo­cus has been a fierce ri­val to the Volk­swa­gen Golf since 1998. The com­pany’s fourth­gen­er­a­tion Fo­cus is con­sid­ered an all-new car, but with the same brand DNA. It’s not of­ten that a man­u­fac­turer gets the chance to build a brand-new car from a ‘ blank piece of pa­per,’ says Joe Bakaj, vice pres­i­dent of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment for Ford Europe. ‘ We de­vel­oped the best mid-size fam­ily car that money can buy.’

Ford cus­tomers can look for­ward to the most so­phis­ti­cated range of driveras­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy ever of­fered to them. On the new Fo­cus 1.5 ST-Line, Ford Co-Pilot360 tech­nol­ogy in­cludes Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recog­ni­tion and Lane-Cen­ter­ing, which main­tains a safe fol­low­ing dis­tance, keeps the ve­hi­cle in the cen­tre of the lane and ad­justs the speed to within le­gal lim­its by mon­i­tor­ing road and speed signs.

For com­muters who fre­quently spend time in bumper-to-bumper traf­fic, the Stop & Go tech­nol­ogy is a marvel of com­fort and con­ve­nience: it brings the car to a com­plete halt dur­ing stop-start con­di­tions, and au­to­mat­i­cally pulls away if the stop­ping du­ra­tion is less than three sec­onds. If it’s more than three sec­onds, the driver can ei­ther push a but­ton on the steer­ing wheel or gen­tly ap­ply the ac­cel­er­a­tor to pull away.

An­other fea­ture on this Fo­cus is the Adap­tive Front Light­ing Sys­tem with Pre­dic­tive curve light and Sign-based light, which il­lu­mi­nate a cor­ner, junc­tion or round­about be­fore you reach it, for max­i­mum vis­i­bil­ity. The Fo­cus is also the first Ford ve­hi­cle in Europe to of­fer a Head-Up Dis­play (HUD). This projects use­ful in­for­ma­tion – such as speed, up­com­ing traf­fic signs, nav­i­ga­tion and de­tails of the en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem – into the driver’s field of vi­sion.

And if park­ing is a chal­lenge, the model has you cov­ered with Ac­tive Park As­sist 2. It de­liv­ers a fully au­to­mated ma­noeu­vre into par­al­lel and per­pen­dic­u­lar park­ing spa­ces at the push of a but­ton. Plus, with safety be­ing a top pri­or­ity, Pre-Col­li­sion As­sist with Pedes­trian and Cy­clist De­tec­tion Tech­nol­ogy brakes the ve­hi­cle when it de­tects a po­ten­tial col­li­sion.

Ford’s fa­mil­iar (and multi-award­win­ning) 1.0 EcoBoost en­gine is on of­fer, as well as a 1.5 EcoBoost model. ‘In­no­va­tion in ev­ery area has helped us cre­ate an all-new Fo­cus with un­prece­dented crafts­man­ship, de­liv­er­ing an un­par­al­leled driv­ing and oc­cu­pant ex­pe­ri­ence,’ says Bakaj. ‘The all-new Fo­cus is the ful­fil­ment of the Fo­cus prom­ise and, as of to­day, sets the bench­mark for oth­ers to fol­low.’

The new Ford Fo­cus 1.5 ST-Line will be avail­able in South Africa early next year, with the ex­act fea­tures and tech­nol­ogy that will be in­cluded on our mod­els still to be con­firmed. Be sure to look out for it.

un­der the bon­net

Model: Ford Fo­cus 1.5 ST-Line En­gine: 1.5 ℓ , three-cylin­der turbo-petrol, 134kW, 240Nm, 0–100km/h in 8.8 sec­onds Com­bined fuel con­sump­tion: 5.5 ℓ /100km Lug­gage com­part­ment: 375 ℓ Price: TBC

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