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Focus puts on a new suit


The new Ford Focus will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week and will offer a host of new and cutting-edge features and technologies, but at the same time it has also been redefined and simplified.

The new Focus sees an enhanced exterior, interior and advanced connectivity.

Lighting has been enhanced to ensure clear visibility: the adaptive front lightning system now adjusts the beams of the bi-xenon HID headlamps to best suit the road layout while the front head lamps and elongated fog lamps add to the bolder front end. Delicate chrome details add elegance while the rear is sleeker with a new fascia and tailgate as well as thinner tail lamps. The new model now also comes in Deep Impact Blue and Glace Blue.

In designing the interior, simplicity was the key. The cabin, steering wheel and central stack now have fewer controls and switches, thus creating a clear visual connection between the key components. The electric-power-assisted steering has also been retuned. The interior gets a boost with a new black satin trim and chrome detailing. The new adjustable console accommodates a variety of bottles and cups, with a capacity to hold a 1.0-litre water bottle and 400ml cup.

The new Focus is the first vehicle in Europe to offer SYNC 2, Ford’s advanced in-car connectivity system that now features a high-resolution eight-inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones.

Other features include perpendicular parking, a new hands-free parking technology that helps drivers reverse into spaces alongside other cars. It also introduces parallel parking aid active park assist that uses ultrasonic sensors to locate parking spaces and steer the vehicle while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. Ford has improved its popular Active City Stop collision avoidance system to operate at speeds of up to 50km/h compared to 30km/h with the current version. The adaptive cruise control technology enables drivers to maintain a set of distance from the vehicle ahead and is equipped for the first time with MyKey technology that enables drivers to program a key that usually restricts top speed.

The new Focus has improved fuel efficiency, with an upgraded powertrain line-up for Europe that includes a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine and new 1.5 TDCi diesel.

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