Updates have been rolled out to the Ford Focus range, with the ever-popular model undergoing tweaks to the styling, powertrains, and specifications.
Modifications have been applied across the Focus line-up, covering the hatch, estate, ST, and Active models. These bring the Focus alongside the recently revised Fiesta, including Ford’s latest design language.
The design alterations see a new larger grille added to the front end, with the Ford badge moved into that grille. Altered front bumpers and headlights help differentiate the trim levels and ST/Active models, while the rear changes also see revised lights and bumpers.
The cabin has been kitted out with new seats, though the clearest change is the addition of a larger, 13.2-inch infotainment system. This features Ford’s latest Sync 4 set-up, including smartphone connectivity with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, FordPass connected car services, and new UX design. This is claimed to clean up the centre console design, but keep functions with one or two touches.
New wet zone for the estate
In the estate car version the load area also now features a wet zone, with a load-floor liner inserted into the space to provide water resistance against items such as wet suits and umbrellas. The water-resistant lining can be removed from the space for easy draining or cleaning, and the area can be enclosed from the rest of the boot with floor folded down, or separated with the vertical divider to create wet and dry zones.
In addition, the Focus estate luggage space now contains a “quick guide” customer instruction label with simplified diagrams to explain the multiple functionalities of the load area.
The reason? Ford did some research on its customers and found that 98 per cent of current estate owners were not aware of all the car's existing features. These include the stowable tonneau cover and boot floor, remote seat release and floor divider system.
Now with the label, the features are simply and clearly laid out without drivers having to reach for the owner’s manual.
Powertrain changes see the addition of Ford’s dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox to the 1.0-litre mild hybrid EcoBoost Hybrid engine. Available in both 125 hp and 155 hp versions, expectations are that the engine and transmission combination is likely to prove a popular one. Fuel consumption ranges from 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions are from 116 g/km.
Remaining engine options include a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol and 1.5-litre diesel for high mileage business users, as well as the ST performance model’s 2.3-litre petrol. You watch a walkaround of the new Focus here .
The new Ford Focus, in all variants, is available to order now. So speak to us on 01299 407 360 for the latest business leasing rates on the new Focus.
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