Without a doubt, this is Ford’s most important car, its biggest worldwide seller after its ubiquitous US F150 truck. Yep, Ford’s all-new five-door hatchback Focus and Focus Wagon is special and has to be special. It arrives on our streets later this month and will be priced from €24,900, with more complete pricing detail issued on its appearance.
Engine & Transmission Range
Engine range for the 2018 Focus will include the 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol, with 125ps and a CO2 rating of 108g/km. Those going diesel get the 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel, with its 120ps and a CO2 rating of 94g/km.
A choice of manual six-speed transmissions and a new eight-speed automatic gearbox that adapts to different driving styles are also on the Focus menu.
Trim Specification for the all-new Ford Focus:
Customers can choose from an initial trim choice of four, Zetec, ST-Line, Titanium and Vignale, with a fifth level, the Active Series, and accompanies the recently launched Fiesta Active, includes raised ride-height, roof bars and additional cladding arrives in 2019.
Focus Zetec: 16” alloys; LED DTRLs; 6.5” SYNC 3 with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay; selectable drive modes; cruise control; pre-collision assist including vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Focus ST-Line (in addition to Zetec): 17” sport alloys; ST-Line body kit; twin polished tail pipes; keyless start; interior sports trim; sports suspension.
Focus Titanium (in addition to Focus ST-Line): front & rear parking sensors; 8” SYNC 3 with navigation & Android Auto & Apple CarPlay; FordPass Connect; keyless entry & start; LED rear lamps.
Focus Vignale (in addition to Focus Titanium): 18” Vignale alloys; Vignale body-styling; 8” SYNC 3 B&O Play with navigation & Android Auto & Apple CarPlay; full leather seats and armrest; head up display; privacy glass; Vignale chrome tail pipes.
Looks & Space
The all-new Focus is some 5 centimetres longer between the front and rear wheels, allowing better knee clearance for rear seat passengers, passengers also benefit from 6 centimetres more shoulder room in the rear.
It certainly looks different, yet somehow the same, the new 2018 model looks sleeker, its long bonnet, new headlight treatment and sporty stance is pleasing to the eye. Boot space is 375 litres, with 1,354 litres available with the rear seats folded.
The Vignale gets satin aluminium details on the exterior; the ST-Line wears a large spoiler and open front apertures, while the Active gets silver front and rear skid plates.
Inside, the raised tablet takes top billing, with the driver's console supplying road speed and tachometer as per normal. An optional HUD, (Head Up Display), is more than a gimmick and a great information asset for the driver, delivering information on road speed, navigation and driver assist systems.
Those choosing the all-new Focus wagon get easy access to the boot, using a kicking motion under the rear bumper to open the Hands-free tailgate. Folding the rear seats is also now simplified, where they now drop by pulling a switch in the boot space.
Advanced driver assistance technologies on 2018 Ford Focus:
Adaptive Cruise Control, which helps the vehicle maintain a comfortable driving distance from vehicles ahead, is enhanced with:
- Stop & Go, which enables the Focus to come to a complete halt in stop-start traffic. The car will automatically pull away if stopped for less than 3 seconds, or the driver can push a steering wheel button or the accelerator to pull away after more than 3 seconds (Automatic transmission only)
- Speed Sign Recognition, which can adjust the vehicle speed to within legal limits by monitoring speed signs and information from the onboard navigation system
- Lane-Centring, which helps reduce stress during long road trips by helping keep the vehicle centred in its lane
Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System with Predictive curve light and Sign-based light for the first time pre-adjusts headlamp patterns for maximum visibility before reaching a curve, junction or roundabout, using the forward-facing camera to monitor lane markings up to 65 metres ahead and detect roundabout, stop, give way and yield signs. The all-new Focus also offers Glare-free high beam that removes the guilt of accidentally dazzling other drivers and helps users see more of the road ahead at night.
Active Park Assist 2 controls forward and reverse gear selection, throttle and braking, as well as steering and automatically manoeuvring into perpendicular parking spaces and parallel spaces just 1.1 metres longer than the car. The driver can control vehicle motion by simply selecting neutral and holding down a single centre console-mounted button. (Automatic transmission only)
Additional technologies designed to help Focus drivers avoid accidents and distraction include:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection
- Evasive Steering Assist
- Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert
- Rear wide-view camera
- Wrong Way Alert
- Post-Collision Braking
This 2018 Focus is connected
FordPass Connect on-board modem technology turns the Focus into a mobile WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. FordPass Connect also enables Live Traffic updates for the navigation system, and using the FordPass mobile app drivers can easily locate their car in sprawling shopping mall car parks, check fuel levels, remotely lock and unlock their car, and even start it remotely.
A new Wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones means drivers can wave goodbye to storing a tangle of charging cables in the centre console, and devices can remain connected via Bluetooth to Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system while charging.
Ford’s SYNC 3 is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and allows drivers to control audio, navigation and climate functions plus connected smartphones using pinch and swipe gestures on the 8-inch touchscreen, and simple voice commands. A new 675-watt B&O PLAY sound system helps occupants get the best from music streamed via FordPass Connect or smartphone.
Tony Toner - BeepBeep Motoring Correspondent