REVEALED: New Ford Focus
Ford have revealed the new Focus, ahead of its official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
On sale later in 2014, the hatchback – the world’s best-selling vehicle – debuts Ford’s SYNC 2 in-car connectivity system, alongside the new 1.5litre EcoBoost petrol and TDCi diesel engines.
Lower and wider, with a new bonnet, front fascia and grille, Ford claim the new Focus is ‘more toned, and more athletic, with more refined surface language’.
The redesigned interior, meanwhile, offers a ‘more intuitive’ layout, with fewer controls and switches on the steering wheel and central stack.
It will also become the first Ford to offer Perpendicular Parking, a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars.
Further technology available includes Ford’s Active City Stop collision avoidance system, Pre-Collision Assist system, Adaptive Cruise Control and MyKey.
Improved fuel efficiency is also boasted, with the most improved diesel model offering a 19% cut in fuel consumption and the most improved petrol offering 17%.
Stephen Odell, President of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We weren’t satisfied with being number one; we wanted to blow people away with a stunning new version of the Focus.
“New Focus marries modern design, advanced technology and leading fuel efficiency with the fun-to-drive DNA for which Focus is rightly acclaimed.”