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The new-generation Ford Focus has been officially unveiled in all its body shapes at the Paris Motorshow. The all-new Focus marks yet another chapter in the model’s history with an all-new design, updated engines and a whole range of exciting technological and safety features.

The three body shapes include a five-door hatchback, five-door wagon and a four-door sedan. Ford says there will be no three-door hatch or two door convertible (Focus CC).

The Ford Focus will initially be built in Saarloius, Germany by year’s end, whilst the previous generation Focus will continue being built in Spain until the second half next year. Ford says it’s necessary to keep the old model running to meet market demand.

There is no official word as to when exactly the new Ford Focus will launch in Australia (Ford has been contacted and this article will update once we hear back), however given it will launch in Europe early 2011, we suspect Australians will get their hands on one by early-mid next year.

Having sold over 10 million vehicles badges as Focus in the last 11 years, Ford has had to expand its production line to meet demand. As such, apart from Germany the new Ford Focus will also be built in the USA (Michigan), Asia, Africa and South America.

One of the most notable safety features in the new Focus is the Low Speed Safety System which is similar to that of Volvo’s city safe technology. It works by using a forward facing optical centre, the system will detect any potential collisions (at speeds of up to 30km/h) and if it calculates that the car is in imminent danger of hitting an object, it will hit the brakes and deactivate the accelerator. Essentially the idea is to stop rear-endings in traffic conditions when drivers are distracted.

Some of the other safety features available with the new Ford Focus range include:

  • Active Park Assist
  • Lane Keeping Aid and Lane Departure Warning
  • Auto High Beam
  • Traffic Sign Recognition
  • Driver Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert and Collision Mitigation by Braking
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Speed Limiter
  • Rear Seat Beltminder
  • Power Child Locks
  • Rear View Camera

List of engine available in the Ford Focus global market (excluding the ST/XR5 and with no confirmation as to which variants or engine types will make it to Australia)

110 kW/132 kW 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost

Apart from the Focus ST, the most amount of power you will get out of a Focus is from the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost unit, available in Europe in either a 110kW or 132kW variant.

Ford says the engine is a completely new generation engine that focuses on high-efficiency and low-CO2 emissions. It makes use of a centrally-mounted high-pressure direct injection system, low-inertia turbocharging and twin independent variable cam timing (Ti-VCT) to produce its output.

Both versions deliver 240Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm but can hit 270Nm during a brief overboost function (under hard acceleration). Ford says the 132kW variant will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds whilst using just 6.0 litres of fuel per 100 km. CO emissions rate at 139g/km.

77kW /92kW 1.6-litre Ford Duratec Ti-VCT

The standard 1.6-litre Duratec Ti-VCT engine has been given some minor upgrades to further enhance its torque output as well as reducing its fuel consumption.

70kW/85kW 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi

Moving into diesel, the 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi diesel has been given a major overhaul thanks to changes to its fuel injection and combustion systems. It also gains an updated turbo unit for better performance and lower fuel usage. Both units deliver 270 Nm of torque with the 85kW variant capable of hitting 285 Nm during hard acceleration (overboost).

Both variants are capable of returning staggeringly low fuel economy figures of just 4.2 litres/100 km whilst emitting 109g of CO2 emissions per kilometre.

85kW/103kW/120kW 2.0-litre Duratorq TDCi

Much like the 1.6-litre diesel Duratorq, the 2.0-litre unit gains the same updates and hence delivers better fuel economy. In six-speed manual form the 2.0-litre diesel is available in 103kW and 120kW forms whilst the six-speed dual-clutch automatic will cover all three variants.

Ford Focus ECOnetic details are still sketchy, all we know is that it’s coming sometime next year and will feature both petrol and diesel variants. It will be the first Focus to make use of Auto-Start-Stop
technology.


  • Kim

    Wow, when the concept or preproduction pictures were released a while ago i thought it was hot!

    Looking at it now, just plain hideous! The rear one the sedan and hatch both look so oldschool, harking back to some sort of mid 90′s car. The front is so soft roader style. Looks like a mish mash of stuff!

  • KM

    Nice front end, not bad interior BUT what the hell is going on with the rear end

    • nickdl

      I agree, from side on the rear lights look like a middle finger.

  • Aleks

    I really like it :D, and the interior, thats one of the best I’ve seen in a long time in any car.

  • Bold

    well, I think opel astra is still far better.

  • ox

    Font end is a complete mess

    • zahmad

      Mazda has smiley face, Ford has gaping mouth to chew something!

    • erneztp

      Agreed. While the interior is very inviting, the front end is too busy and scary.

  • Justin

    A crss between a modeo and focus, did not work at all

  • Labrys

    Wow…just wow. That really is bad.
    Maybe Faux News needs to do an exclusive on what the Ford designers are on?

  • JEKYL & HYDE

    and here was i thinking that auto high beam was a girl-only feature…

  • Adam

    Looks great! Combined with the 1.6 EcoBoost and a 6 speed auto this will be very popular I’d imagine.

  • KinFungL

    Don’t like the look of the lower front grill and the rear of the hatch… If they can change the sedan into liftback it’ll be great!!!

    • maximark

      If they can change the sedan into liftback it’ll be great!!!

      Then it will look like a Lancer sportback.

  • Hung Low

    Nice Interior and drive train options, especially the Ecoboost engine!
    But why are all these new cars looking so generic?

  • gearboxdawg

    Back looks like a Toyota corolla. front is OK, grille looks like someone’s sat on it.

  • Shak

    The tech list sort of covers the design flaws, not that there are many. I would say that only the sedan rear lights need improving. Seriously, i am left in open mouth disbelief that those sorts of tech options are even available as options in this end of the spectrum. Could this maybe point to whats to come from the Global Large car and the next mondeo.

  • Don

    Focus looks great! Top tech and engines.

  • ABMPSV

    Everybody is talking about how it looks but what about the engines? I think Ford did a very good job. I never had a Ford but with this engines…well maybe I will buy one. Good power and torque combined with very good fuel economy.

  • vrx26

    Looks like a catfish

  • bangel

    Great to see another good euro design , europe is powering ahead over the boring asian designers .

  • Damian

    I bet the South African built version we’re inevitably going to get, is going to have its specification sheet butchered. Quality will be NOWHERE NEAR the European built versions (just look at our current Focus – it’s crap).

    • maximark

      Damian, luckily, the Focus will be built in Thailand this time.

  • Tony M

    Great lines. The sedan looks the best. Colour choise I believe for interior and exterior will be very important. Engine options are fantastic, especially the 2 16oo motors in diesel and petrol type. Now the next thing will be price.

  • Mr Brooksy

    Looks sooooo much better than the front of the ST (XR5)! No whale shark front works! IF I were to buy the sports model (which I won’t as I want a large sedan) I’d want to swap the nose from this onto the ST (XR5).

  • Byron

    Hmmm, exterior looks pretty bad. Front end looks like s**t & the back end looks like a Mondeo gone wrong. And whats the go with the huge tail lights on the sedan/hatch?
    Interior looks too busy, but the steering wheel looks like crap. Holden Cruze has a better interior :D If this were badged a Holden, there would be alot more haters commenting on this than they’re actually are.

  • GooSE

    that front end is horrible what were the designers thinking!? plus that centre console is way too busy.
    shame though because under the skin this will most likely be a very good car

  • andy

    WOW! dunno about the sedan but the hatch looks fantastic. shouldn’t struggle to outsell mazda 3 and cruze, if its not just a pretty face!! (-: