Ford Focus: New look and new engines for UK's top business car
27 February 2014
Author: Jack Carfrae
Ford has revealed the first official images of the new lower medium Focus, the UK's best-selling company car.
A facelift rather than an all-new model, the Focus has been updated in-line with the current Fiesta and the forthcoming Mondeo, featuring slimmer head and tail lamps and a new grille, among other changes.
The interior, which was often criticised for being cluttered on the outgoing model, is now cleaner, with fewer controls, and has a new steering wheel.
The current 88g/km Econetic model will remain the cleanest and the most economical (83.1mpg) model in the range, but the facelifted Focus will herald the arrival of a series of new petrol and diesel engines with significantly lower emissions and better economy than their forebears, although Ford has yet to confirm figures for many of them.
The firm's 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, which has already appeared in the Fiesta supermini and in the Ecosport small 4x4, will join the range and be available with either 95hp or 120hp.
More will be made of the Ecoboost petrol units, too. The outgoing 1.0-litre versions with 100hp and 125hp will remain, and a pair of higher-powered 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrols with 150hp and 180hp will join the range.
There will also be what Ford describes as "a new version" of the 99g/km 1.0-litre Ecoboost unit, but it has yet to reveal further details.
A Powershift automatic gearbox will become available in 2015, which will drive down CO2 and improve economy on certain models even further.
New technology will include the second generation of the firm's Sync connectivity system; 'Perpendicular Parking' - a development of the firm's existing Active Park Assist system, that automatically steers the car when parallel parking; adaptive cruise control and an autonomous city braking system that works at up to 50kmph as opposed to the current system's 30kmph.
An adaptive headlight system and tweaks to the steering and suspension to improve the handling will also be on the cards when the Focus goes on sale in the second half of 2014.