Ford has serious intentions of shaking up the compact car segment with their all-new fourth generation Focus. An essentially matured all-new design that will have you thinking it’s Fiat Tipo or BMW 1-Series or the Fiesta in some angles. Offered as a 5-door hatchback, an estate as well as an Active model that has body cladding and raised height for an crossover appeal (Think Volvo V40 Cross Country), this Focus is sure pleasing to the eye.
It is built on Ford’s C2 platform and spots systems that monitor the suspension and steering so as to adjusts car for the best comfort drive, which include Normal, Sport and Eco.
On the engines front, the new Focus features options for petrol and diesel engines, a 1.0 EcoBoost with varying power outputs of 62kW, 74kW and 92kW. Then there is a 1.5 EcoBoost kicking out 110kW and a much punchier 134kW engine. On the diesel options there is a 1.5 EcoBlue churning out 87kW and more powerful 2.0 EcoBlue 110kW. These engines will mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Inside the Focus
The interior is roomier than the outgoing model benefiting from clever engineering such as dash positioning which helped with improved legroom. The dash, quite a departure from the outgoing model’s leaning dash, is more vertically styled featuring a tablet-style mounted digital 8-inch touchscreen which will have Ford’s latest SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Bluetooth connectivity as well as FordPass Connect system that includes a WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices and Live updates for the sat-nav.
What are your thoughts on this new Ford Focus? A winner or it’s not going to set the segment alight?