Renewed Focus: Ford reveals fourth-generation, made-in-China compact

The new Ford Focus is here – and Britain's favourite family car is now cheaper than ever

The new Ford Focus will go on sale in the United Kingdom later in 2018. A new chassis is said to deliver an "energetic, engaging and rewarding fun-to-drive experience", so it's pleasing to see that Ford is balancing fun and safety in the new Focus.

In Europe, customers will get a luxurious Focus Vignale trim and sporty ST-Line version, as well as "adventure-oriented" Active and upscale Titanium trims; China will get the ST-Line and Titanium models. Speaking of which, Ford says the dynamic coefficient is 0.25 for the four-door Focus and 0.273 for the five-door model while weight was cut down by 88 kilos compared to the current model. The hotter ST and RS versions are yet to be revealed. The new 1.5-litre diesel can be had in two states of tune - 94bhp and 118bhp. The three-cylinder and turbodiesels will only make sense in CO2-taxed markets like Europe. There's also full LED lights with a matrix function. The 2019 Ford Focus also liberates more interior room courtesy of its larger proportions and now measures 18 mm longer, at 4378 mm, while the wheelbase has grown by 53 mm, at 2701 mm.

The fourth generation of the compact vehicle rides on an all-new platform, wears a new face and gets a made-over cabin and control layout. Instead, it uses a shift-by-wire rotary knob which you turn to select P-R-N-D.

Style (from £17,930): 16in alloy wheels, air conditioning, DAB digital radio with Bluetooth and Emergency Assist, electronic parking brake, autonomous emergency braking, tyre pressure monitoring, Hill Start Assist and Lane-Keeping Aid.

Hopefully the new Focus will reach UAE and GCC shores.

Thanks to sleeker, lower profile body elements as well as an active grille shutter, air-curtain inlets, an optimised rear spoiler and underbody shielding, the Focus is more aerodynamic than before.

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As for infotainment, gone is the clunky to use old school Nokia-phone style Sync interface.

The new Focus will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Future Ford vehicles will adopt this pattern.

The Heads-Up Display (projected on a pop-up polycarbonate screen) one-ups its rivals by being the first of its type that can be read with polarized sunglasses. Ford will debut its new Ford Co-Pilot360 advanced driver assist features on the auto.

As you might expect, the new auto is laden with tech; adaptive cruise control now features a stop and go function for navigating through traffic. If stopped longer than this, the driver can push a button on the steering wheel button or gently apply the accelerator to pull away. Ford introduced sportier ST versions of the Focus in China, which will start exporting the model to the US beginning next year. In the diesel camp, the 1.5-liter mill makes either 95 and 120 PS (both develop 300 Nm worth of twist) while the 2-liter choice churns out 150 PS and 370 Nm. Higher-spec models are equipped with double wishbone rear suspension and optional adaptive dampers.

The 2019 Focus will be the first vehicle built on Ford's clean-sheet C2 global platform that's 33kg lighter than the current architecture.

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