The 2005 Ford Focus will be launched at the Paris Motor Show in September. Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMSA) will also build the new Focus for export purposes.
Looking at the new car it is obvious that Ford has decided to keep the design conservative and that the company's so-called "New Edge" design, which was introduced with the launch of the first Focus in 1998, is something of the past.
The new Focus shares its styling cues with the C-Max MPV and is very similar to the Focus Concept Car which was shown at the Beijing Motor Show earlier this year.
It shares its underpinnings with the Mazda3 and the new Volvo S40/V50. The car is also bigger than before with an overall length of 4.34m. Furthermore it is also higher and wider than the is predecessor.
This results in bigger interior and boot space.
It will be available in three and five-door guise.
The car comes well equipped and has a number of safety features such as six airbags.
Its petrol engine range includes 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 and 2-litre units. The car is also available with a 1.6 and 2-litre turbo diesel engines.
In 2005 Ford will launch hot ST and RS version of the Focus, which will rival cars such as the Renault Megane RS and the forthcoming Golf GTI.