Ford Focus: 5 things you should know

The new Focus is also the first vehicle to be built on Ford's new C2 platform, which is said to deliver enhanced crash performance, more interior space and aerodynamic improvements.

Ford has introduced its redesigned global Focus, a more spacious, tech-filled and connected compact vehicle that the Dearborn automaker will tweak to fit markets across the world.

On a wheelbase stretched by 53mm, rear knee room is now 50mm better and said to be the best in class, while shoulder room is also increased by nearly 60mm from the outgoing Focus. Having said that, Ford has revealed enough details about this all-new Focus, sans pricing and official fuel consumption figures.

The Focus is the first model to be underpinned by Ford's new C2 platform that brings a 40 and 20 per cent increase in front crash load capability and torsional rigidity respectively.

Australia will have a choice of two 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engines, with entry level models getting a naturally aspirated unit and higher grades scoring a turbo EcoBoost. It's not on sale yet as it is only expected to hit showrooms in Europe and China later this year, followed by the rest of the world in 2019.

Now the manufacturer has unveiled the fourth-generation of its Focus, boasting an all-new look, improved safety tech and new trim levels.

For a more rich and expensive versions of American innovations provides independent rear suspension.

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Ford has taken the covers off its latest version of the ever-popular Focus family hatchback range, which includes a high-end Vignale model and the first Focus Active crossover. There's more connectivity and the option of adaptive cruise control amongst other goodies. Ford will also offer 1.5-litre EcoBoost (148bhp or 180bhp) petrols and a 148bhp EcoBlue diesel, while an eight-speed automatic transmission will be available for engines at 118bhp or more.

The range will comprise seven variants from launch, starting with Style (at £17,930), the range progresses through Zetec (£19,300), ST-Line (£21,570), ST-Line X (£24,050), Titanium (£21,550), Titanium X (£22,820) and the top-of-the range Vignale (£25,450).

"The chance to build a completely new auto from a fresh piece of paper does not come around often".

The design of new Focus is based on human centric design theme of Ford and it is sleeker which helps the Focus to cut through the air efficiently, resulting in lowest co-efficient drag in its class. There's also a 2.0-litre diesel engine option for Europe. These images are of the China-spec cars, manufactured locally at the Changan-Ford joint venture.

"Innovation in every area has helped us create an all-new Focus with unprecedented craftsmanship and delivering an unparalleled driving and occupant experience", commented Ford of Europe vice president, Joe Bakaj.

The ST-line will be just that, a line.

Shoppers should also count on an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the unloved six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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