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North America is nearly certain to get the four-door sedan and five-door hatchback trims, but Ford did not clarify whether we'd also get the five-door wagon or crossover-like variant. Ford tells us that the 1.5 EcoBlue will return 80.7mpg, while the 1.0 EcoBoost will return as much as 60.1mpg according to the advertised figures.
Trim levels include Trend and Titanium, ST-Line, Vignale etc. The Focus is the first vehicle to embrace this new strategy. Rear passengers get almost three extra inches of leg room over the outgoing version, and Ford says that the new Focus has more interior volume than the old vehicle. A host of new engines will also be available depending on the market. Ford has not announced which engines will be offered in North America. It's available with adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go that can control the auto in low-speed traffic, road sign recognition, lane-centring, steer assist to prevent accidents and self-parking functions. There are some welcome features, such as selectable driving modes, adaptive dampers for the suspension and a host of new driver aids that should mean this is the best Focus yet to drive.
Crucially, the new Focus is based on an all-new Ford platform, called C2 which will be used in other future models.
At the reveal of the new Focus in London on Tuesday, Ford also confirmed more versions are in the pipeline including a petrol-electric model and a super-sports performance variant due for release next year.
The sporty ST-Line grade stands out with an aggressive rear diffuser, large roof-mounted rear spoiler and front apertures, and unique lower wing elements created to direct air to the air-curtain inlets. The starting prices are considerably lower than the outgoing model, with the range beginning at £17,930 for the Style model. Inside there's also more interior room and that more sculpted, upscale looking exterior is now more aerodynamic. "In Europe and China, there is still a lot of runway left for Focus".
Deliveries of the new Focus in Europe should start later this year, while the USA customers will have to wait about a year to get it. In China, the vehicle will get 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 1.5-litre four-cylinder mills, while Europe will also get a 2.0-litre diesel. Other tech upgrades include Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, an available eight-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone charging and remote vehicle management. Meanwhile revised versions of the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines can be had, complete with cylinder deactivation. In Europe, the former is paired to a new 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission while the latter is paired to a 6-speed manual.
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