New Ford Focus benefits from styling tweaks, refined interior and new engines.
Images and details of the 2014 Ford Focus have been revealed at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona ahead of the expected Geneva Motor Show unveiling in March.
Ford has given the new Focus ‘a bolder, more emotive exterior design’ that includes a new horizontal grille, two new paintjobs (Deep Impact Blue and Glace Blue), new fascia, new bonnet and a lower wider, wider stance. Thinner rear lights, ‘chiselled’ headlamps of the Bi-Xenon HID variety and a new tailgate arrangement complete the look.
The interior benefits from a number of enhancements brought about by customer feedback. The cockpit layout, for instance, is more intuitive and less cluttered thanks to fewer controls and switches. New black satin trim and chrome enhances the cleaner, modern styling.
Ford’s Sync 2 infotainment system, which features an 8-inch colour touch screen display and advanced voice control, will debut in Europe in the new Focus. One feature of Sync 2 is the ability to say “I’m hungry”, prompting the system to find local restaurants and provide directions.
Two new engines have been added to the range. A 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol is available with either 150PS (148bhp) or 180PS (177.6bhp) outputs and there’s a 1.5-litre TDCi diesel with either 95PS (93.7bhp) or 120PS (118.4bhp). A new version of the 1.0-litre EcoBoost will arrive in 2015. Fuel economy is said to be improved by up to 19 per cent compared with the equivalent Focus engines.
The new Focus should handle better than ever. It has retuned shock absorbers, revised suspension, Electric Power Assist Steering, a stiffer front end and a new version of Electronic Stability Programme.
Thicker carpets, side window glass and more engine bay insulation will help make the new Ford Focus a quieter place to be, while optional new paddle-shift controls let the driver keep their hands on the wheel when changing gear.
Nervous parkers will be pleased to know the new Ford Focus is the first to offer Perpendicular Parking, a feature that helps you reverse into a space. Active City Stop collision avoidance pre-arms the brakes, reduces engine torque and then applies the brakes in the case of an emergency. The system now works up to 50km/h instead of 30km/h.
Parents of young drivers can use a feature called MyKey to programme a key to restrict the top speed, reduce the maximum volume of the stereo and keep the driver from disabling safety technologies such as Electronic Stability Control and the aforementioned Active City Stop.
The 2014 Ford Focus will go on sale in the UK in June. A price is yet to be disclosed – stay tuned.
2014 Ford Focus images