Ford has revealed the first photos and details of the new Ford Focus, arriving in Ireland in late July.
The new car features a new platform, new design, new interior, and new technology.
“Our all-new Ford Focus is the pinnacle of technology and driving appeal in its segment,” says Joe Bakaj, vice president, Product Development, Ford of Europe. “The chance to build a completely new car from a fresh piece of paper does not come around often. We grabbed it with both hands, to develop the best mid-size family car that money can buy.”
Hatchback, Saloon Or Estate
The new Ford Focus will be available as a five-door hatchback, estate and four-door saloon. Trim lines will include Focus Trend and Titanium, sporty Focus ST-Line, upscale Focus Vignale and the first ever Focus Active crossover.
The new Focus will be built on Ford’s new C2 platform designed to enhance crash performance, deliver more interior space and support improved aerodynamics for better fuel-efficiency. It will be built in Germany and marks an evolution in Ford design language. There will be 13 colours to choose from including Orange Glow, Desert Island Blue and Vignale-exclusive four-coat Dark Mulberry.
The interior has also been completely revamped with a neater design and less buttons. Focus will be the first Ford vehicle in Europe to offer a Head-up display (HUD). Infotainment will be provided via an 8″ touchscreen with SYNC 3 and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features include a wireless charging pad and FordPass Connect to enable WiFi in the cabin and a number of features that can be controlled by an app. Emergency assistance can also be called from the cabin.
New Engines And Technology For 2018 Ford Focus
Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost will be offered with 85 PS, 100 PS and 125 PS and offers cylinder deactivation for the first time to improve efficiency. A new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine is offered with 150 PS and 182 PS. A new 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel is offered with 95 PS and 120 PS with emissions as low as 91g/km expected. The 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine will deliver 150 PS.
There’s also a new eight-speed automatic transmission, offering a 10 per cent fuel-efficiency improvement across the range.
Technology features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition, Lane-Centring, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Evasive Steering Assist, Rear wide-view camera, Wrong Way Alert, Post-Collision Braking and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert.
New lighting technologies include Adaptive Front Lighting System that adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to match the driving environment, and Glare-free high beam.
More Driving Fun
Under the skin there’s a new chassis for a fun driving character and greater comfort and refinement. Drivers can now select different driving modes as standard. Torsional rigidity has been improved by 20%. Independent rear suspension offers Continuously Controlled Damping, which every 2 milliseconds monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs, and adjusts damping responses for outstanding ride quality.
According to Ford, a new column-mounted EPAS system and new software deliver an even more responsive, intuitive and engaging steering feel including comfort-enhancing features like Torque Steer Compensation. Focus also debuts a bespoke, in-house developed Ford Stability Control system tailored to support Ford driving dynamics, and featuring Torque Vectoring Control.