Lens cap comes off new Focus

Riley Riley

Ford has taken the wraps off an all-new Ford Focus in Germany.

Described as the most accomplished and technically-competent Focus ever, it has been developed from the ground up to provide the most confidence-inspiring, intuitive, and rewarding driving and occupant experience.

It introduces a new “human-centric” design philosophy that fuses emotional exterior styling with class-leading aerodynamics; and an interior that offers more space combined with high quality materials and craftsmanship.

All-new Focus remains true to the nameplate’s 20-year legacy of class-leading driving dynamics, further enhanced with the first application in this model of Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) for the independent front and rear suspension — plus new Drive Modes, an isolated rear subframe for greater refinement and Ford-patented spring technology.

Powertrain options include a further optimised version of Ford’s multi-award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost and new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, both enhanced with Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation application for three-cylinder engines.

New 1.5-litre EcoBlue and 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engines deliver ultimate fuel-efficiency, and a new intelligent eight-speed automatic transmission adapts shift patterns to driving style, controlled using a stylish and ergonomic Rotary Gear Shift Dial.

All-new Focus is the first vehicle to sit on Ford’s new C2 platform, designed to enhance crash performance, deliver more interior space for Ford’s mid-size models and support improved aerodynamics for better fuel-efficiency.

Best-ever quality and craftsmanship comes with a 600 million Euro investment at Ford’s Saarlouis assembly facility in Germany.

The A or windscreen pillar of the car has been pushed further back to give better proportions while a 53mm longer wheelbase enables a larger tyre diameter.

This allows the wheels to be positioned higher into the sheet metal and reduces the perception of length and visual mass.

Shorter overhangs and rearward cabin position gives a strong, dynamic stance with a compact impression.

The sporty ST features a more aggressively styled rear diffuser and larger functional roof-spoiler; more open front apertures designed to enhance performance and reveal the engine components behind; and bold signature ST-Line lower wing elements directing air to the air-curtain inlets.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Speed Sign Recognition and Lane-Centering help maintain a comfortable distance from vehicles ahead; reduce stress during long road trips by helping to keep the vehicle centred in its lane; and can adjust speed to within legal limits by monitoring the roadside and overhead gantries for speed signs — in addition to using information from the on-board navigation system.

The system works at speeds up to 200km/h.

No word yet on when we can expect to see the new model.

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