7 things you need to know — Ford Focus unveiled

Hope Soto
April 12, 2018

Increasing the wheelbase by 53mm has helped with interior space and decreased the overhangs, contributing to a more dynamic look. However clever design of the cabin itself plays a part, too.

A switch to an electric parking brake and a rotary gear shift dial is paired with a narrower center console to free up interior space; buttons that formerly lived on that console have been relocated to the SYNC 3-powered touchscreen.

On the upper models, ride quality is further enhanced by Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) for the independent front and rear suspension, which adjusts suspension stiffness according to suspension, body, steering and braking inputs.

The standard Focus hatchback and estate will be available in seven trim levels, including Ford's top end Vignale trim - which adds a premium flavour to the consumer model. The company has set itself what, on the face of it, is a hard challenge.

Model of Ford Focus fourth generation will be offered in the back 5-door hatch. Currently, the company says, there are around 360 different ways the existing auto can be specified. Thus, consumers will be offered as few as 26 design combinations instead of more than 300 that could be ordered previously, depending on the global market. The vehicles on sale here will actually be built in China, to help Ford lower production costs.

The sporty ST-Line grade stands out with an aggressive rear diffuser, large roof-mounted rear spoiler and front apertures, and unique lower wing elements created to direct air to the air-curtain inlets. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is now capable of driving itself in stop-go urban traffic, and works at speeds of up to 200 km/h. Now, they're available on mass market models.

Now the manufacturer has unveiled the fourth-generation of its Focus, boasting an all-new look, improved safety tech and new trim levels. The all-new Focus is able to self-park in both parallel and perpendicular parking. Speed Sign Recognition will spot the now posted limit.

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Even the lights are getting an upgrade. It also for the first time features standard drive mode technology. There's also a wireless charging-pad option. China will not get the Focus wagon.

Ford may have taken the wraps off the 2019 Focus today, but that doesn't mean everybody will get it immediately.

Zhang stated SUVs have been red-hot in China, but growth rates have decreased significantly in recent months to slightly over 10 percent a year.

Exactly when next year is unclear, and it's not the only lingering question we have.

It's not yet know which versions will be coming to South Africa, but overseas powertrain options include a pair of three-cylinder petrol engines: Ford's trusty 1.0-litre EcoBoost and a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost, both featuring fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology which is an industry first for three-cylinder engines.

As our Focus is imported from Thailand rather than Europe, we don't expect the all-new Focus to be heading here anytime soon.

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