The Focus has been one of the most accomplished hatchbacks in its class and now Ford has given it a complete overhaul. Design-wise, the new Focus marks an evolution with its new human-centric design language. The human-centric design philosophy extends to the interior, which delivers a more inviting and accommodating environment with greater perceived quality, achieved using simple, clean lines, expressive and confidence-inspiring materials, and seamlessly integrated surfaces.
The new Focus is also the first car to be built on Ford’s new C2 platform, which is said to deliver enhanced crash performance, more interior space and aerodynamic improvements. The car will be available globally in three body styles – five-door hatchback, sedan and estate. The brand has said that a raft of new technology will make the Focus the most advanced car it sells in Europe.
A choice of an advanced range of Ford EcoBoost petrol and Ford EcoBlue diesel engines, which meet current Euro 6 emissions standards calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP), will be on offer. The choice of engine on offer includes the 1.0-litre EcoBoost with either 85bhp, 100bhp and 125bhp and a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine with either 150bhp or 182bhp. All powertrains will offer a choice between a 6-speed manual and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
Other advance technologies include Active Park Assist 2, Evasive Steering Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Rear wide-view camera and Ford MyKey. While the hatch ight prove to be an expensive proposition, the Focus in sedan form should make for a viable alternative for the Indian market.