5 things you should know — Ford Focus

5 things you should know — Ford Focus

The revised styling continues in the cabin as designers installed a new instrument cluster, satin aluminum accents and high gloss finishes. What do you have?

Just like the times, the all-new fourth-generation Ford Focus is a more complicated beast. The connectivity will allow the Focus to stream video content to the auto, offer live traffic updates and more.

The 2020 model will have an all-new suspension design and a stiffer chassis, along with a reworked steering system, in the interest of making the vehicle more fun to drive.

While we've talked about the above safety kit, the headlights on the new Focus are so advanced that they deserve their own mention. Photo: Ford Motor Company. Other elements include a first head-up display for a Ford model in Europe, active park assist two, drive modes, continuously controlled damping, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, speed sign recognition and lane centring. The revised Active Park Assist now operates gear selection, as well as acceleration and braking to render parallel parking to a push of a button. Ford calls it Adaptive Front Lighting, and it uses cameras to spot upcoming curves in the road and automatically adjust the beams to suit. Recall, Ford is retooling the current Focus' plant in MI for Ranger and Bronco production. That same app doubles as a remote start. The new Focus gains almost 2.4 inches of shoulder room, two inches of knee clearance, and almost three inches of legroom.

Ford will give up sales volume in vehicle segments in order to get higher returns, Farley said. The console also adds soft knee pads for driver comfort.

In "weird-things-you-might-not-notice-but-Ford-has-thought-about" news, the rear-view mirror has been specially shaped to mitigate that terrible buffeting throb effect you get when you open one window at speed.

In the 2019 Focus Wagon, meanwhile, there's up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded flat.

"May I always be the type of vehicle owner my dog thinks I am".

The company claims the new Focus has body that's 20 per cent more rigid, and "remains true to its 20-year legacy of class-leading driving dynamics".

An eight-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift scheduling and shift quality control will be available as an option.

There will be five engine options available: a 1.0-litre petrol unit in three power outputs of 85hp, 100hp and 125hp, all driven through a six-speed manual gearbox; and a new 1.5-litre diesel engine available in 95hp or 120hp versions. A host of new engines will also be available depending on the market.

The result will be a significant drop in the number of orderable configurations Ford offers of the 2019 Focus.

"With mid-size family cars accounting for nearly one-in-five sales across Europe previous year, Focus remains as important as ever to our company and our customers, which is why we've put so much energy into developing an all-new model that is among the very best cars we've produced yet".

The exterior of the global Focus has a longer hood and looks larger than the current generation, though its overall size doesn't change.



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