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AUTO NEWS – New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates

New Ford Focus unveiled with 2021 facelift and tech updates


The present Ford Focus has been on sale since 2018 and since then, a wave of recent rivals has been launched, together with the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf, Peugeot 308 and SEAT Leon. To fend off the newcomers, Ford is updating the Focus with a brand new look, up to date inside tech and trim revisions.

The brand new Focus begins from £22,465, with a revised trim line-up that begins with the entry-level Development variant. That is adopted by Titanium, with the sporty ST-Line mannequin heading the vary alongside the toughened-up Focus Lively.

The re-structured vary does away with the luxurious Focus Vignale – as an alternative, Vignale now refers to a trim bundle that may be specified with Titanium, Lively and ST-Line automobiles, bringing extra gear and bespoke design touches in and out. 

New Focus design adjustments

On the entrance, the Focus adopts Ford’s new household face, as already previewed by the just lately unveiled, facelifted Fiesta. The blue oval badge is now housed inside a bigger, extra rounded entrance grille, versus above it. The grille itself receives a chrome encompass and horizontal bars, and the nostril of the automotive has been raised for added highway presence.

This new grille sits between with a pair of slimmer, extra aggressive headlight clusters, which function a brand new operating gentle signature. Full LED headlights are normal, together with automated high-beam management and Ford’s Maneuvering Mild system, which improves visibility whereas parking, for instance. Optionally available Dynamic Pixel LED headlights convey extra options, corresponding to a glare-free excessive beam that alters the sunshine sample to keep away from blinding oncoming automobiles.

Elsewhere, the decrease entrance bumper has additionally been resculpted with a brand new side-vent association, and on the rear, the elective upgraded LED tail lights achieve a darker end, with a brand new operating gentle design. Sporty ST-Line fashions obtain a gloss black honeycomb mesh grille, together with a decrease bumper with satin silver inserts. Prolonged facet skirts, a rear spoiler and a black diffuser additionally function.

Focus Lively, Property and Vignale updates

The off-road impressed Focus Lively will get rugged design cues corresponding to protecting plastic physique cladding and a raised trip peak, together with vertical grille bars and a restyled decrease entrance bumper.

The luxurious Vignale bundle provides new inside trims and satin-finished higher grille bars and facet vents. Unique alloy wheel designs are additionally obtainable with Vignale fashions, with the Focus receiving 5 new wheel designs throughout the line-up.

There have additionally been revisions to the Focus property, aimed toward enhancing practicality. The boot space is now trimmed in a extra premium, easy-to-clean carpet, and an extra facet internet has been added to retailer smaller gadgets. LED lights have additionally been put in for higher load-space illumination.

A central hinge within the boot ground can be utilized to create a vertical divider, too, and there’s now a ‘moist zone’ within the load house with a waterproof liner – helpful for carrying umbrellas and raincoats, for instance. The liner can also be detachable to permit simple draining and cleansing, and the ‘moist zone’ may be separated from the remainder of the boot space utilizing the divider. 

Engines and financial system

The brand new Focus retains the engine line-up of the earlier mannequin, with a variety of petrol, diesel and mild-hybrid choices. Kicking off the vary is a 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol unit that produces 99bhp, and drives by means of a six-speed handbook gearbox. This engine can also be obtainable in 123bhp guise, and achieves 47.1mpg and 121g/km of CO2 with each energy outputs. 

The only diesel possibility is a 1.5-litre EcoBlue motor producing 118bhp, delivering a claimed 56.5mpg and 120g/km of CO2 on the WLTP cycle. The diesel-powered Focus is completely obtainable with an eight-speed automated gearbox. 

Ford continues to supply a 48-volt mild-hybrid powertrain with the Focus, within the type of a 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid petrol unit. This pairs the combustion engine with {an electrical} starter/generator, which permits power to be saved when decelerating. The starter/generator can then act as a motor to help the petrol engine, for elevated torque and improved effectivity. 

The mild-hybrid setup is obtainable with 123bhp or 153bhp energy outputs, and each obtain 51.4mpg and 116g/km of CO2 when specified with a six-speed handbook gearbox. 

For the facelifted Focus, Ford is providing the mild-hybrid powertrain with a seven-speed Powershift automated transmission possibility for the primary time. This permits the automotive’s start-stop system to function under 7mph to optimize effectivity, though WLTP figures of 47.9mpg and 119g/km are barely worse than manual-equipped automobiles.

The driving force can select from Regular, Sport and Eco modes to change throttle response, steering really feel and automated gearbox calibration of the brand new Focus, with Lively variants gaining Slippery and Path settings for improved all-terrain skill. 

SYNC 4 infotainment system

The up to date Focus may be specified with Ford’s newest infotainment suite, referred to as SYNC 4. The system is operated by way of a brand new 13.2-inch central touchscreen, which options wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The local weather features at the moment are embedded inside the touchscreen, with the bodily controls of the present automotive being eliminated for a cleaner dashboard design. 

Superior speech recognition permits the driving force to function media features, navigation and local weather settings by means of voice management if most well-liked, and the automotive’s web integration permits climate info to be relayed to these on board. The FordPass smartphone app additionally permits the consumer to hook up with their automotive remotely to examine gasoline ranges and oil life, for instance. An alert system will notify the consumer of any try and enter the car, too.

Patrons who specify SYNC 4 profit from a trial subscription to Ford’s Linked Navigation, which incorporates dwell site visitors and climate updates, and the brand new Focus can also be appropriate with the model’s Energy-Up system. This allows improved car options over time by means of software program updates, which may be carried out within the background or throughout scheduled durations with little or no consumer intervention.

Security

Along with the outgoing automotive’s array of driver help techniques, the refreshed Focus positive aspects Blind Spot Help, which may apply counter-steering to keep away from hitting one other car when altering lanes. The system operates from 40mph to 124mph, and scans different autos from as much as 28 metres away. The automotive’s blind-spot monitoring also can function when towing a trailer, as soon as the driving force has specified its size and width within the infotainment system.

Additionally new is Intersection Help, which makes use of the Focus’s forward-facing digital camera and radar to detect oncoming autos in parallel lanes. At as much as 18mph, the automotive will routinely apply the brakes if transferring into the trail of an oncoming car at a junction, as an illustration. Intersection Help also can perform the place there are not any highway markings, and at evening – supplied the headlights are switched on.

Lively emergency braking, velocity signal recognition and adaptive cruise management with ‘cease and go’ performance additionally function, alongside lane-centring help and a Native Hazard Data system. This warns the driving force of highway obstacles and hazards, even when they aren’t seen. Totally automated parking manoeuvres are potential, too, with Ford’s Lively Park Help 2 taking management of steering, braking, acceleration and kit choice. The facelifted Focus additionally receives Rear Occupant Alert, which alerts the driving force to examine the rear seats for youngsters or pets on the finish of a journey, if the rear doorways have been opened.

Focus ST

The Focus ST hot-hatch has additionally been refreshed as a part of the facelift. The front-end design is shared with the ST-Line mannequin, however the fully-fledged ST receives a satin gray end for the decrease vent inserts and honeycomb grille mesh. The redesigned alloy wheels are painted in an identical hue, with 18-inch gadgets as normal and bigger 19-inch wheels obtainable as an possibility. A set of revised tail lights, and a brand new ‘Imply Inexperienced’ paint color, full the outside makeover.

Inside, the Focus ST ditches the Recaro seats of the outgoing automotive, changing them with in-house 14-way adjustable Ford Efficiency seats. Underneath the bonnet, the identical 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine stays, delivering 276bhp and 420Nm of torque. That is mated to both a six-speed handbook or a torque converter automated gearbox, managed by paddle shifters mounted to the steering wheel. Energy is put to the tarmac by means of an digital limited-slip differential. 

The brand new Focus ST is priced from £33,885 and is obtainable to order now, together with the remainder of the vary. First deliveries are scheduled for early 2022. 

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