11 April 2018

Fourth generation Focus revealed

Ford has revealed its next generation Focus 20 years after the original launch of the nameplate, writes Brian Byrne.

When it goes on the market it will include a Focus Active crossover versions and upscale Focus Vignale.

Technologies new to the model will include predictive curve light and sign-based light systems to help drivers see more clearly. It will also offer the first head-up display for a Ford model in Europe

Other features will include the FordPass Connect embedded modem for connectivity on the move, Wireless charging pad, SYNC 3 with 8-inch touchscreen, and B&O PLAY audio.

Powertrains will be 1.0 and 1.5 petrol and 1.5 and 2.0 diesel engines supported by new eight-speed automatic transmission, offering a 10 per cent fuel-efficiency improvement across the range.

Like the recently-renewed Fiesta, the Focus is moving upscale to better meet challenges to compact models from premium brands encroaching into the mass market.