New Focus comes into view
Designed by Martin Smith, the same man who penned the very successful new Fiesta, the latest Focus takes Smith’s 'kinetic' design language to the next level.
It leads the way for a new generation of C-segment cars that will be built on the same platform at four plants across the world. Expect up to ten models, ranging from the hatch and sedan to crossovers like the C-Max and even a transit van to be built of this platform.
It will go on sale in Europe in 2011 and we can expect our first new Focus in South Africa in 2012.
Engines will include new Ecoboost four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection units (with the 2l good for 147kW and 1.6l worth 110kW), as well as 1.6l petrol and improved common-rail diesel engines.
A six-speed dual-clutch Powershift transmission should ensure an optimal blend of efficiency and dynamic verve from the new range of engines. The Focus range’s much vaunted ride and handling dynamics should continue to evolve from their class leading position.
Ford’s own pulse-braking actuated torque vectoring system (which prevents understeer on front-wheel drive cars) should ensure crisp driver feedback, especially with the newly calibrated electric power steering.
Also expect a host of technological improvements in the interior, especially in the area of connectivity to the drivers 'personal mobility devices' - nerd speak for cellphones, ipods ect.
Peculiarly the Focus parking brake remains girdle operated, foregoing the current design fashion of flip-switch operated electric parking brake modules.