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Ford Focus 2018: everything you need to know

The Week logo The Week 14/04/2018 Cameron Tait
Ford Focus 2018: everything you need to know © Ford Ford Focus 2018: everything you need to know

Ford has set its sights on displacing the Volkswagen Golf at the head of the hatchback market by unveiling its all-new Focus.  

The new car is the fourth generation of the company’s popular hatchback which was originally introduced in 1998 as a replacement for the Escort. 

Over the past 20 years, the Focus has taken the form of a hatchback but Car magazine says that Ford is eager to use the new model to push for “more body styles and niches”. This is primarily due to the growing demand for hatchback-based SUVs and compact city crossovers.

Orders for the new car are now open but buyers will have to wait until September to get behind the wheel.

Until then, here are the details of the new Focus:

Prices and release

A 2018 Ford Focus is displayed at the launch for the new model in London, Britain, April 10, 2018. © Reuters A 2018 Ford Focus is displayed at the launch for the new model in London, Britain, April 10, 2018.

The new Focus is available to order now in seven different trim levels: Style, Zetec, ST-Line, ST-Line X, Titanium, Titanium X and Vignale.

The cheapest model in the range is the £17,930 Focus Style, says Auto Express, followed by the Zetec at £19,300 and the sportier £21,570 ST-Line. 

Above those sit the ST-Line X crossover at £24,050, the magazine says, along with the Titanium and Titanium X at £21,550 and £22,820 respectively. Rounding off the range is the Vignale trim which costs £25,450. 

An SUV-inspired Active model will join the line-up in October, Car magazine reports. 

Design

DETROIT, USA - JANUARY 15: Ford Focus is on display during North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, MI, United States on January 15, 2018. © Getty DETROIT, USA - JANUARY 15: Ford Focus is on display during North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Detroit, MI, United States on January 15, 2018.

The all-new Focus takes numerous styling cues from the company’s Fiesta city car, says Evo. These include a compact front grille and “swept-back” headlights. 

The car’s design is sleeker than the previous Focus. It has a silhouette that’s closer to the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308, the magazine says, rather than the MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) of the previous generation Focus. 

The new Focus has wider tail lights, compared to the smaller versions on the old car, that cut into the boot lid. This makes the hatchback appear wider and lower, giving it a sporty look.  

ST-Line models have an even sportier appearance. They come with a more angular design on the front bumper and larger wheels. The Active variant, meanwhile, boasts a taller ride height and panels to protect the bodywork around the wheel arches and bumpers. 

Engines and performance

The new Focus can be specced with a range of petrol and diesel engines from launch, but Autocar says a hybrid variant is expected to arrive next year. 

Entry-level petrol models will be powered by the company’s fuel-efficient 1.0-litre three-cylinder Ecoboost turbo engines, the magazine says. The next step up is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine that can be specced in either 148bhp and 179bhp form. 

Buyers looking for a diesel Focus can choose from two 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo EcoBlue engines and a “more powerful” 184bhp 2.0-litre motor, says Auto Express. 

Ford has developed a new eight-speed automatic gearbox for the fourth-generation Focus, the magazine says. This is available on mid and top-spec petrol and diesel models.

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