New Global Ford Focus: Five Things You Need to Know

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THIS IS the new 2018 Ford Focus, the fourth generation version of Britain's best-selling family hatchback.

The new Focus will European and Chinese markets this year before it arrives in Canada in the latter half of 2019. Based on one of Ford's new modular platforms, the exterior dimensions of the new Focus are almost identical to the outgoing model.

The vehicle will be available in 4-door sedan, 5-door estate/wagon and 5-door hatchback body styles, Ford said.

In Europe, customers will get a luxurious Focus Vignale trim and sporty ST-Line version, as well as "adventure-oriented" Active and upscale Titanium trims; China will get the ST-Line and Titanium models.

Ford spokesman Jiyan Cadiz confirmed that the product portfolio shift by 2020 to trucks and utilities - including electrified versions - will account for nearly 90 percent of Ford's volume.

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ST-Line (from £21,570): Unique sporty body styling, including unique upper and lower grille, rear spoiler and polished twin tailpipes.

The large hatchback is fitted with some of the latest technology on offer from the Ford Co-Pilot360 line-up, such as active park assist, Ford's first head-up display and adaptive cruise control with stop and go, speed sign recognition and lane-centering.

Ford's Pre-Collision Assist system now detects pedestrians and cyclists and can automatically apply the brakes if it detects a potential collision.

Ford mentioned the Focus would come standard with a 1.0-liter EcoBoost I3 gasoline engine, with a 1.5-liter EcoBoost gas burner and 2.0-liter EcoBlue diesel.

North American-market powertrain options weren't announced save for a new optional transmission, an "adaptive" eight-speed automatic. The lighter 1.0-litre EcoBoost and 1.5-litre EcoBlue will use a torsion beam, which Ford would rather refer to as a twist-beam, but infused with Ford-patented force vectoring spring technology borrowed from the Fiesta ST. Prices for the hatch will start from £17,930 while the estate in Style trim will be priced from £19,050.

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Ford has redesigned the Focus lineup.

"Innovation in every area has helped us create an all-new Focus with unprecedented craftsmanship and delivering an unparalleled driving and occupant experience", commented Ford of Europe vice president, Joe Bakaj.

No doubt the level of demand for such a model was reflected in the extensive research the company carried out before it built the range from the ground up. The 2019 Focus also gets Drive Mode Technology with three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Eco modes. The new Focus stands on a new platform and gets updated variants of the 1.0 liter turbo and 1.5 turbo under the bonnet. There's also full LED lights with a matrix function. It costs from £21,570 for the 1-litre, 123bhp petrol and £22,500 for the 1.5-litre, 118bhp diesel.

In addition, the list of available options included the upgraded multimedia complex SYNC 3 interfaces support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an access point Wi-Fi with the ability to connect up to 10 mobile devices that can operate at a distance of 15 metres.

Focus will also be well-connected with LTE connectivity and in-car WiFi. The next-generation Focus will be tailored to each global region.

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