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Ford Focus Sedan Motoring Review

THE new Ford Focus elevates the world’s best-selling nameplate with a bolder, more emotive exterior design, a finely crafted, intuitive new interior, a suite of new or improved driver assistance technologies, and major fuel economy improvements.

The new Focus offers a more powerful, yet frugal engine line-up, consisting of the award-winning 1.0 EcoBoost and new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines. Available in four and five-door guises, and in the new exterior colour Deep Impact Blue, the new Focus has a lower, wider stance, with a new bonnet, front face and grille.

Slimmer, shaped front headlamps and extended fog-lamps adds to a bolder front end. Subtle chrome details add to the feeling of elegance while the rear of the car also is sleeker with a new appearance and tailgate arrangement, as well as thinner tail lamps.

The interior of the new Focus now has a more intuitive layout, complemented by a steering wheel and central stack with fewer controls and switches. The new black satin trim and chrome detailing contribute to a cleaner, more modern look.

The redesigned centre storage console offers more space as well as a new sliding, integrated armrest. The adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups with the capacity to simultaneously hold a one-litre water bottle and a 0.4-litre cup. Focus customers will experience better interior quietness, achieved with thicker carpets, thicker side window glass, and improved engine bay insulation.

The new Focus offers fuel efficiency improvements of up to 19% compared with the current model, and a significant reduction in CO² emissions across the range. For the first time in South Africa, the Focus is available with the 92kW 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that was named the International Engine of the Year for an unprecedented third successive year in 2014.

The new Focus is also offered with Ford’s new fuel-efficient 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine that delivers 132kW of power and 240Nm of torque. Both EcoBoost engines use a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed SelectShift Automatic will also be available on the 1.5 EcoBoost before the end of 2015.

The Electric Power Assisted Steering has been retuned to make the driver feel even more connected to the road. Ford’s new Enhanced Transitional Stability system monitors vehicle speed and the driver’s steering input to predict a loss of traction before it actually happens and trigger Electronic Stability Control sooner to enhance safety and help deliver for smoother driving.

The new Focus offers Perpendicular Parking, a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars. The current Focus introduced parallel parking aid Active Park Assist that, at the push of a button, uses ultrasonic sensors to locate parallel parking spaces and steer the vehicle while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. The addition of two new sensors to the rear of the new Focus enables Perpendicular Parking to operate in the same way.

The extra sensors also enable Ford to offer technologies that help drivers as they manoeuvre out of parking spaces for:

• Cross Traffic Alert that warns drivers reversing out of a parking space of vehicles that may soon be crossing behind them. Operating with radar at a range of up to 40m, the system will issue three distinct warning signals if it detects a vehicle approaching from either side.
• Park-Out Assist helps when drivers as they exit a parallel parking space. After the driver has chosen either the left or right hand side the system operates the steering while the driver operates the accelerator and brake.
The Ford Focus is further equipped with:
• Active City Stop (collision avoidance system).
• Active Braking.
• Existing Adaptive Cruise Control.
• Adaptive Cruise Control.
• Distance Indication.

The new Focus will also be equipped for the first time with Ford’s MyKey technology which enables owners to programme a key, usually for younger drivers, that restricts the top speed, reduces the maximum volume of the audio system, and can disable it altogether\\ if driver and passengers are not using safety belts. The system can prevent the driver from deactivating safety technologies.

All models are sold with a four-year or 20 000km comprehensive warranty, a four-year or 80 000km service plan, a three-year or unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year or unlimited km corrosion warranty.

Service intervals are every 20 000km on the EcoBoost petrol engines.

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