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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new 2011 Ford Focus will go on sale in Australia in August in sedan and hatch form with three different powertrains and four specification levels.

The four-door sedan and five-door hatch body styles will carry over, while the wagon body shape sold overseas will not make it to Australia.

Following Ford Australia’s current naming convention, the luxury model in the new Focus range will wear ‘Titanium’ badging, with three other models – potentially to remain CL, LX and Zetec – will slot in below.

The three engines will include two petrol units and one diesel.

Ford says the most frugal engine in the new Focus range will be the smaller 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT petrol. Ford says customers can expect fuel consumption improvements of more than 15 percent compared with the outgoing model, which means it will use between 6.0 and 6.8 litres/100km on the combined cycle.

Overseas, the 1.6-litre engine is offered in two tunes – the first with 77kW of power and 150Nm of torque, and the second with 92kW and 159Nm (Ford Australia is yet to confirm specific performance data). Combined cycle fuel consumption is 6.0 litres/100km according to overseas standards, with emissions averaging 139g/km. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes around 11 seconds.

The larger 2.0-litre GDi petrol engine will produce 118kW of power and 198Nm of torque, and utilises high-pressure direct injection for enhanced performance and efficiency.

The 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel is available overseas in three different tunes: 85kW/300Nm, 103kW/320Nm and 120kW/340Nm. Ford Australia says the engine will offer a significant increase in power and torque, suggesting the 120kW/340Nm unit will be the one sold Down Under.

Despite Ford Australia’s claim that the 1.6-litre petrol will be the most efficient, overseas tests rate the 2.0-litre diesel at 5.3 litres/100km combined.

The Focus is available overseas with a 110kW/270Nm 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, but this variant will not be offered in Australia.

Both the 2.0-litre engines will be available with either a manual (five-speed GDI, six-speed TDCi) or six-speed PowerShift automatic transmission.

A reduced drag coefficient (0.295) also contributes to the enhanced efficiency of the new Focus.

Increased body stiffness (30 percent greater rigidity than the previous model) has led to improvements in noise, vibration and harshness.

Ford Australia has confirmed Active Park Assist, cruise control with Adjustable Speed Limiting Device, Adaptive Cruise Control and push button start will all be available in the new Focus, depending on the specification level.

Mid- and high-spec Focus models will also incorporate an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system similar to that used in the new Territory.

Inside, the Focus features the latest generation of Ford’s Human Machine Interface system, and includes twin five-way steering wheel-mounted toggle switches and soft touch interior surfaces.

Ford Australia President and CEO, Bob Graziano, said the launch of the new ‘One Ford’ global Focus represented an “exciting new chapter” for Focus in Australia.

“In every world market where Focus competes, customers are looking for expressive design, affordable innovation, superior quality, responsive performance and exceptional fuel economy,” Mr Graziano said.

“In Australia, the all-new Focus presents all these elements in an outstanding package. It will raise the bar in these areas and deliver a new level of standard and available content, enabled by its global scale.”

Australian Focus models will be sourced from the Saarlouis plant in Germany. Specification and pricing details will be revealed closer to the launch of the 2011 Ford Focus in August.