Ford Focus: All new edition

Cologne/London, 10. April 2018

20 years ago Ford brought the Focus as the successor to the Escort on the market. Since then, over 16 million vehicles were produced. A real best seller, so, the current Generation is but dusty after eight years. For this reason, Ford now offers Focus number four, a complete redesign.

Lighter and longer

Let's look at the new Ford Focus: in the length of the five-door (so far 4,36 meters) grows to over two inches, the tournament is called the combo (yet to 4.56 meters) to almost eleven inches. At the same time, the height decreases slightly, while the width remains practically the same. As the first series of Ford 2018er-Focus makes use of the C2 platform. It not only reduces the weight up to 88 pounds, at the same time, the wheelbase is a Plus from five inches to 2,70 meters.

Improved Optics

What are the optics? Similar to the Fiesta, the Design is not changed fundamentally, but purifies. As in the past, the Focus five-door and station wagon, outside of Germany, also a notchback sedan is offered in certain markets in the program. The A-pillars have been moved in the direction of the middle of the vehicle, the radiator grill is bigger. All of the lights has positioned Ford as far outside as possible, split tail lights are designed to improve the access to the Luggage space. There 341 to 1.354 litres the five-door model in the future, the Combi swallows up to 1,650 litres of Luggage. As an Option, there is a sensor-controlled tailgate, which is responsive to foot movements.

A hint of SUV

Three additional equipment versions, based on the Fiesta, the Focus, The Vignale is precious and reminds with wood in the Cockpit to the previous Ghia versions, while the ST-Line-marked rear diffuser and roof spoiler to the athletes. A hint of SUV in the Focus is Active: It combines more ground clearance with robust panels.

A total breezy

The previous Focus was often scolded for its massive and confusing dashboard. For its successor, the center console is narrow, because many functions are controlled via the Eight-inch touch screen. Also in the rear is airy, knee - and shoulder room to grow by up to six inches.

Assistant-Upgrade

Under the heading, "Ford Co-Pilot 360" will be prepared the next Focus with wizard high, many of which should correspond to the Level 2 for Autonomous vehicles. In conjunction with the new eight-speed automatic lane-Pilot complements the adaptive cruise control. As a result, the vehicle is aligned with the center of the lane. Also new is a traffic jam assistant Stop&Go function. What is the offer? LED headlights with high beam Assi, a Head-up Display, active Parking assist for automatic models, a wrong drive-alert system, a blind spot warning, a backup assistant and traffic sign recognition.

Between networking and Monitoring

Always standard are the so-called "MyKey"feature. With their help, certain functions of the vehicle can be restricted, if left to his Focus third. Also included: A selective driving mode switch with the offer of "Normal", "Sport" and "Eco", to the response of throttle and steering. From the Titanium-equipment of the new Ford Focus is a Wi-Fi Hotspot, using a special App, the own car can be tracked or remotely locked.

Clean engines from September 2018

And what's under the hood? All engines in the new Ford Focus, the standard Euro-6d-Temp meet on the Basis of the WLTP cycle. Probably that's why the outgoing 1.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine as the base engine had to believe in it. It was replaced now with a 85 HP strong variant of the EcoBoost Turbo petrol engine with three cylinders and a Liter of displacement. About performance levels, manoeuvring with 100 and 125 HP. Those who like it even stronger, use a 1.5-Liter turbo with 150 or, respectively, of 182 HP. For the remaining friends of the diesel engines with 95 HP, 120 HP and 150 HP. Series is always a six speed manual transmission. Those who prefer the eight-speed automatic that gets you to the petrol engines with 125 and 150 PS, as well as the 120 and 150-HP Diesel. A fact on the edge: A classic hand-brake has only the base version called "Trend". The new Ford Focus will start in September 2018 from 18.700 Euro.(rh)

by Paul Fabrini

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