Ford’s Focus 1.5 ST-Line
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