Renewed Focus: Ford reveals fourth-generation, made-in-China compact

Renewed Focus: Ford reveals fourth-generation, made-in-China compact

With Volkswagen nabbing second place in the UK's new vehicle registration tables with the Golf previous year, and arrivals such as the Kia Ceed and Toyota Auris just around the corner, Ford's outgoing Focus was falling behind the times.

Ford is holding back specifications for the USA until closer to the market launch but we know the auto is similar in size to the current Focus but has more space thanks to a longer wheelbase and flatter floor.

There will be five-door hatchback and estate bodystyles, and a new Active version that has a more rugged look. No details about the performance-oriented ST and RS versions as well as the fully electric version have been revealed so far.

The 1.5-litre diesel comes in 95PS and 120PS guise with emissions as lows as 91g/km for the 5dr. Furthermore, an eight-speed automatic gearbox completes the powertrain-drivetrain duo. Other engines available include a new 1.5-litre "EcoBlue" diesel engine, a 2.0-litre diesel unit and also a 1.0-litre petrol EcoBoost engine. The three-cylinder and turbodiesels will only make sense in CO2-taxed markets like Europe. Ford introduced sportier ST versions of the Focus in China, which will start exporting the model to the US beginning next year. On a scale between evolutionary and revolutionary, the new Focus design isn't going to start any fires. Instead of the tradition gear shifter, automatic models utilise a gear selector knob. First impressions suggest that the technology - both on the surface and hidden away beneath the vehicle - should ensure Ford takes a big leap forward with the fourth generation Focus.

Ford also made some changes to the brakes as well to improve the driving experience of the vehicle.

As for infotainment, gone is the clunky to use old school Nokia-phone style Sync interface.

The Heads-Up Display (projected on a pop-up polycarbonate screen) one-ups its rivals by being the first of its type that can be read with polarized sunglasses.

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A suite of available safety features will also join the Focus lineup this year. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is now capable of driving itself in stop-go urban traffic, and works at speeds of up to 200 km/h.

Which engines are in the new Focus?

Thanks to a new chassis and suspension, the fourth-gen Focus promises a 20 percent improvement in torsional rigidity compared to its predecessor and a weight reduction of 110 pounds on average.

The 1-liter EcoBoost can be had with 85, 100 or 125 PS, while the 1.5-liter is available with 150 and 182 PS.

Since then, Ford has shifted two million Focus models in the United Kingdom and seven million in Europe.

The CCD is definitely something we Malaysians are looking forward to. Ford has been able to slim that down, while still providing plenty of bins and cup holders. It then sends a signal for adjust the rear dampers accordingly.

"We don't spend that time and resources on things that might happen or might not happen", Fleet said. Ford will bake in lane-centering, too, to keep the Focus in-between the lines. What will be under the hood when the new Focus reaches the U.S. and Canada is another unknown.

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