New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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Ford Focus range tweaked

2010-09-06 07:33

After the excitement of adding its high-performance RS derivative to the local Focus product portfolio last month, Ford’s now given the slower siblings a styling and trim grade upgrade too.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Ford
Model Focus
Engine 1.8-, 2l, 2 TDCi
Power 92kW @ -, 107kW @ 6 000-, 100kW @ 4 000r/min
Torque 166Nm @ 4 000-, 185Nm @ 4 500-, 320Nm @ 2 000r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual, six speed (manual/DCT)
Fuel Tank 55l
Airbags Six
Front Suspension Independent McPherson strut
Rear Suspension Independent control blade
Service Plan 4 year/9 000km
Warranty 5 year/120 000km
Ford’s reconfigured the derivative mix for its Golf rival, the Focus.

Although the range remains nine models strong (discounting its ST and RS performance derivatives), Ford has decided to replace the four-door Si versions with Trend models.

These Trend sedans feature 16-inch alloys, power mirrors and windows (buoyed by one-touch functionality), a full suite of six airbags and rear fog lamps.

Four-door Trends ride on wheels that are an inch smaller than the previous Si sedans, yet an inch larger than the entry-level Ambiente model.

Other enhancements for the slightly tweaked Focus range include colour coded mirrors on the Ambiente grade cars, whilst Si models gain a new front bumper housing a larger grille.

Bigger side mirrors improve the driver’s rear-three quarter field of view whilst redesigned front fog lamps bezels (framed with chrome) round off the Focus Si styling upgrade.

The range-topping Focus Si grade’s cabin gains a new eight-speaker Sony infotainment system too, boasting Bluetooth capability and voice control functionality.

Pricing (including Co2 tax)

1.8 Manual Ambiente 4-door    R199 900
2.0 Manual Trend 4-door         R235 000
2.0 Trend Auto 4-door             R244 000
2.0 TDCi Si PowerShift 4-door  R286 500
1.8 Manual Ambiente 5-door    R199 900
1.8 Manual Si 5-door                R227 900
2.0 Manual Si 5-door                R250 500
2.0 TDCi Manual Si 5-door        R270 500
2.0 TDCi PowerShift Si 5-door  R286 500


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