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This is a major launch for Ford: On this page you'll find out everything you need to know about the new Ford Focus, from how much it costs in the UK, to what's changed between the new model and the old one. And we'll also give you our initial verdict, too.

ForFord is keen to push the Focus into more bodystyles and niches, in an attempt to hoover up more buyers tempted to stop buying hatchbacks in favour of crossovers and SUVs. Browse Ford Focus for sale.

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All these claimed benefits stem from an all-new vehicle architecture. The Blue Oval's latest C2 platform positions the wheels closer to the corners of the car, compared with the previous Focus, extending the wheelbase and freeing up more space for occupants. Rear passengers benefit from bountiful leg-space and shoulder room, but people up front will appreciate a dashboard pushed mm closer to the engine too.

Read our new Ford Focus review: These revised Ford focus 2000 review uk dating make for a more muscular, sporting look. Although predominantly steel, the Ford's C2 architecture blends different thicknesses and types including strong but light boron steel to reduce weight.

The average saving is 50kg, but some variants shed up to 88kg.

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Back inthe original Focus introduced an independent rear suspension to the family hatchback class. A new-generation Focus powered by the two bigger displacement engines 1. Not before time, every Focus gets adaptive drive modes, adjusting the throttle, steering, automatic transmission and cruise control programmes between Eco, Normal and Sport modes.

Ford says the system is sensitive enough to mitigate the impact of a front wheel rolling out of a pothole, and the control system will prime the trailing rear wheel to travel through the same rut as smoothly as possible.

Below you'll find the starting price for each line in the UK, for both petrol and disel models in 5dr and estate variants. Here are the key performance figures and specs for a five-door hatch with the lower displacement engines available at launch, riding on inch wheels.

Both petrol engines are turbocharged three-cylinder units, featuring cylinder deactivation to save fuel and exhaust filters to trap sooty particulate matter. The diesel engines adopt a four-cylinder configuration, with high-pressure common-rail injection to reduce noise and carefully meter out fuel. Exhaust gas recirculation helps clean up tailpipe emissions, and the 2. We explain the new fuel economy regs. All these cooking Focus models are front-wheel drive: Does that mean no all-wheel drive possibility for a fourth-generation Focus RS?

The outgoing hyper-hatch turns the back wheels thanks to a rear-drive unit from GKN; the same supplier is developing eTwinsterX, a compact electric rear axle for introduction in the early s. It has two gears to allow a broader operating window for the motor, and torque vectoring across the axle.

The five-door hatch has a 0. Ford and Michelin have also teamed up to introduce a new line of tyres that slashes rolling resistance by a fifth. The outgoing Focus introduced a suite of driver assistance systems: One appealing breakthrough is that the traffic sign recognition has been coupled with the active cruise control, so the new Focus is capable of Level 2 autonomy.

Another upgrade enables the low-speed collision system to spot cyclists, as well as pedestrians and other traffic: Clever adaptive headlamps are also available as an option on the top two trims. Linked to the forward camera, the lamps peer up to 65m ahead, adjusting according to the curve of the road markings to better illuminate corners and junctions.

The system also includes automatic high-beam adjustment, in a bid to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.

Ford is playing catch-up on connectivity, but the Focus has an embedded modem and standard FordPass Connect on the four upper trims. The enables two years of live traffic info, and turns the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot which works 10m away with the engine off and can tether up to 10 devices. ST-Line incorporates a sports suspension, which drops the body by 10mm over inch alloy wheels. Upgrading to ST-Line X includes inch rims, red brake callipers and red interior stitching, 8-inch touchscreen, navigation and FordPass Connect.

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The opposite end of the spectrum is the Focus Active belowwhich arrives in the UK around October Highlights inside include textile seats and rubberised trim, such as knee protectors on the central tunnel. It gets a bespoke SLA rear suspension, with Ford focus 2000 review uk dating dampers repositioned to minimise cargo area intrusion: Ford claims its 1.

Drop the rear seats and the Focus can swallow litres of gear, thanks also to an extended rear overhang that creates a maximum load length of 1. And the tonneau cover can be removed in a one-handed operation, and stowed in a recess beneath the boot floor.

The final model is the flagship Vignale. UK price, interior pictures, specs, engines and release date. More info on Ford Focus.

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