As reported by CarAdvice on Monday, the introduction of the Focus MkII sees production of Ford’s small car shift from Germany to Thailand and brings a number of new infotainment and technology features including the SYNC hands-free connectivity system across the range, a standard rear-view camera in the Sport and Titanium, and the option of the Active City Stop collision-avoidance system.
Prices of the Ambiente, Trend and Sport variants are unchanged, while the Focus Titanium MkII is $750 more expensive than before.
Ford has cut three variants from the Focus MkII line-up – the petrol and diesel variants of the Sport sedan, and the diesel Titanium sedan – reducing the number available from 17 to 14. The changes mean the Sport spec level is now only available as a hatch.
The addition of active grille shutters has improved aerodynamics and reduced drag, leading to increased fuel economy across the range.
The manual versions of model equipped with the 125kW/202Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine enjoy the greatest efficiency gains, with combined cycle fuel consumption falling from 7.2 litres per 100km to 6.6L/100km in these models. Automatic versions of the 2.0-litre petrol are unchanged at 6.6L/100km
Auto versions of the 92kW/159Nm 1.6-litre petrol Ambiente use one-tenth less fuel at 6.5L/100km, while the manual carries over at 6.2L/100km
Consumption of the auto-only 120kW/340Nm 2.0-litre diesel has also fallen 0.1L/100km to 5.4L/100km.
Along with the features already mentioned, the Focus MkII update brings ECO mode and new wheel covers to the Ambiente; rear badging to the Trend; new alloy wheel design, sports styling kit and rear badging to the Sport; and full leather upholstery, sports styling kit and rear badging to the Titanium.
The Active City Stop system – which monitors the road ahead and brakes automatically to avoid or reduce the severity of a crash if the driver does not react to objects in the vehicle’s path – is part of the $2300 Sports Executive Pack exclusive to the Titanium. The package also includes adaptive cruise control, bi-xenon headlights and a sunroof.
The $300 Convenience Pack for the Trend includes auto headlights and wipers, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and ‘follow me home’ lighting.
Ford’s SYNC system allows owners to connect their mobile phone via Bluetooth or USB and automatically downloads their phonebook, facilitates voice control of phone calls and music selection, and reads incoming text messages out loud.
2012 Ford Focus MkII manufacturer’s list prices:
- 1.6-litre five-speed manual hatch – $21,990 (no change)
- 1.6-litre six-speed automatic hatch – $24,290 (no change)
- 1.6-litre six-speed automatic sedan – $24,290 (no change)
- 2.0-litre five-speed manual hatch – $24,490 (no change)
- 2.0-litre six-speed automatic hatch – $26,790 (no change)
- 2.0-litre six-speed automatic sedan – $26,790 (no change)
- 2.0-litre TDCi six-speed automatic hatch – $30,500 (no change)
- 2.0-litre TDCi six-speed automatic sedan – $30,500 (no change)
- 2.0-litre five-speed manual hatch – $27,890 (no change)
- 2.0-litre six-speed automatic hatch – $30,190 (no change)
- 2.0-litre TDCi six-speed automatic hatch – $33,690 (no change)
- 2.0-litre six-speed automatic hatch – $33,840 (up $750)
- 2.0-litre six-speed automatic sedan – $33,840 (up $750)
- 2.0-litre TDCi six-speed automatic hatch – $37,340 (up $750)