Ford Focus, the best-selling nameplate in 2012 and 2013, has received a midlife facelift, expected to be showcased during next week Geneva Motor Show.
The compact car received the face of the new Fiesta and Mondeo, adopting the trapezoidal front grille, more angular headlights with LED lights included. The bumpers, the taillights and the wheels were also redesigned. Under the metal, the Blue Oval engineers have improved the handling. Focus benefits from new front dampers, stiffer front and rear bushes, a new electric steering and a recalibrated ESP program.
New 1.5 Ecoboost engines
Upgraded powertrain line-up for Europe includes new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine. The gasoline engine will have two power versions, of 150 and 180 horsepowers. The Focus will continue to be offered with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (100 PS and 125 PS) that last year was chosen by a third of Focus customers, and was named the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of the Year.
There will also be a new version of the 99 g/km CO2 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the first non-hybrid petrol family car in Europe to offer sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions. The 120 PS 1.5-litre diesel PowerShift automatic that will be introduced next year will offer a 19 per cent improvement compared to the equivalent-powered current Focus. The diesel engine will be offered with 95 and 120 hp.
A first in segment tehnology
New Focus includes the European debut of SYNC 2, Ford’s advanced in-car connectivity system that features high-resolution 8 inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones. SYNC 2’s navigation system also offers for the first time in Europe a split-screen display with detailed intersections, spoken street names, 3D highway junction and landmark views, and the MICHELIN guide and MICHELIN Green Guide.
Also a first in the segment, Focus offers Perpendicular Parking, a gadget that will help drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars.The car will also feature Park-Out Assist: it helps drivers as they exit a parallel parking space. After the driver has chosen either the left or right hand side the system operates the steering while the driver operates the accelerator and brake.
The new Ford Focus will enter production at the end of the summer, meaning that the first units will reach clients in the fourth quarter of 2014.