Global Ford Focus Introduced; Inspires New Product Development Trends

PROUD Hatton Vale's Chris Hunkin lets us get a closer look at his 1966 Ford Mustang

PROUD Hatton Vale's Chris Hunkin lets us get a closer look at his 1966 Ford Mustang

Ford Motor Company has revealed its fourth-generation Focus small auto, with the new model to be sourced from Europe instead of Thailand when it arrives in Australian showrooms later this year. We won't know specifics about the USA -spec auto until closer to its on-sale date in the second half of 2019, but for now, here are five important things to know about the small vehicle that goes on sale in Europe and China this year.

Inside, the new Focus will also be roomier with more rear legroom thanks to a 53mm longer wheelbase and a more upright windscreen that has allowed Ford's designers to do away with the existing model's hulking dashboard.

Ford on Tuesday took the covers off a redesigned Focus in hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles.

At launch there will be five trim levels to choose from - Style, Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium and Vignale.

Standard Australian-market variants will be exclusively powered by an all-aluminum 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

"We're evolving our successful One Ford strategy to find new ways to create a sporty-looking small vehicle our customers will love", explained Jim Farley, President of Global Markets, Ford Motor Company.


But the engine line-up is familiar from the old vehicle, with most United Kingdom customers likely to opt for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol (with 85bhp, 99bhp or 123bhp) or 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel (at 95bhp or 118bhp). Petrol buyers can choose from a 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with 84bhp, 99bhp or 123bhp, while diesel is available as a 1.5-litre unit making 95bhp or 118bhp. Instead, the Sync 3 infotainment system has a more current free-standing 8-inch full colour touch screen that you can pinch and swipe just like you would with a smartphone. So this, the all-new Ford Focus is a big deal for Ford.

Bakaj also claims that Focus Four is also as good to drive, though we'd like to try that for ourselves. Many Focuses sold in the USA are expected to come from China, which mean it is joining General Motors in importing cars from there.

As our Focus is imported from Thailand rather than Europe, we don't expect the all-new Focus to be heading here anytime soon. There's more connectivity and the option of adaptive cruise control amongst other goodies.

This dial replaces the humble gearshift lever in automatic versions of the new Ford Focus.

The 2019 Ford Focus has arrived, eight years on from the debut of the third-generation model. Inside there's also more interior room and that more sculpted, upscale looking exterior is now more aerodynamic.

Ford is planning an even faster Focus RS, at least for Europe, Autocar reports. It's likely the USA will see the 1.5-liter engine and possibly a hybrid option, as well as eventual successors to the ST and RS performance models. The console also adds soft knee pads for driver comfort. Higher-spec models are equipped with double wishbone rear suspension and optional adaptive dampers.

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