The Ford Focus has been treated to a major facelift ahead of the unveiling of the next-generation model.
The Focus' trademark looks have been tidied up with tighter lines, bolder wheel arches, a re-
shaped rear screen, new tail lamps and a redesigned tailgate are but some of the changes.
New soft-touch plastics and seat fabrics, a redesigned instrument cluster and ungraded controls are provided inside the cabin. As an option, a Power button will be positioned alongside the gear shift for more nimble performance.
However, the most significant changes have been effected beneath the metal.
This Focus gets a new sequential gearbox called PowerShift. Developed alongside Getrag, the gearbox uses the twin-clutch principle for more seamless gear shifts.
According to Ford, this translates to an average fuel consumption lower by about 10% and significantly lower CO2 emissions when compared with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission.
In addition to PowerShift, the Focus also debuts EcoNetic which uses a host of aerodynamic enhancements to drop the average fuel consumption for the 1.6-litre TDCi with a standard diesel particulate filter.
Ford announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show that the revised version of its star subcompact will be available in international markets from the end of 2007.
FMCSA has confirmed that the major facelift is definitely coming to South Africa, though the exact timing remains undecided.
However, the company was unable to comment on the possible availability of the PowerShift transmission.