Diesel drivers who are happy to pay the extra tax have the choice of a 1.5-litre or 2.0-litre engine. It will also enable the Ford Pass smartphone app to perform a variety of useful functions such as show you where your vehicle is, check fuel levels, remote start the engine (only for the eight-speed automatic version) and remote lock or unlock the doors. The three-cylinder and turbodiesels will only make sense in CO2-taxed markets like Europe.
Its silhouette is true to the outgoing Focus model, but there are plenty of design changes that differentiate this as a new model, such as a redesigned front end with a longer bonnet, new LED lighting both front and rear, and split tail lights. The width remains the same at 1820 mm, and it sits lower by 15 mm than its predecessor. Recall, Ford is retooling the current Focus' plant in MI for Ranger and Bronco production. Instead, it uses a shift-by-wire rotary knob which you turn to select P-R-N-D.
Depending on the market, the Focus will feature a fully automated parking system that controls acceleration, braking, and gear selection while pulling into a spot.
The new Vignale variant has a luxury focus, with styling touches to the bodywork.
As for infotainment, gone is the clunky to use old school Nokia-phone style Sync interface. Ford also reduced the number of buttons on Focus and an optional 675 watt B&O sound system with sub-woofer and 10 speakers.
Fords have been renowned for their driving experience for some time - in fact it's one of the brand's key selling points.
As you might expect, the new auto is laden with tech; adaptive cruise control now features a stop and go function for navigating through traffic.
"Our all-new Ford Focus is the pinnacle of technology and driving appeal in its segment", said Joe Bakaj, vice-president, product development, of Europe at Ford. It's also built on Ford's new C2 vehicle platform, which the firm says improves cabin space, exterior aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. In Europe, customers have a 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel available.
On the road, Ford claim it'll be better than ever thanks to a new independent rear suspension with continuously controlled damping.
All five models are expected to enter showrooms in China in this year, stated a Ford spokesman.
The CCD is definitely something we Malaysians are looking forward to. By detecting the edge of a pothole and adjusting the damper so that the wheel doesn't fall as far into it, the wheel strikes the opposite side of the pothole less harshly. It then sends a signal for adjust the rear dampers accordingly. All told, the new Focus is a handsome auto. Down the line, if all goes to plan, Ford's goal is to increase the modularity of its parts, so that different engines, components like sunroofs, and electrical systems can be shared just like vehicle platforms are.
Stateside Focuses (Eds note: Foci?) will be available in the second half of 2019, likely as 2020 models.