Pretoria, 3 September 2010 – The stylish Ford Focus range has recently been upgraded. Already popular for its contemporary design, innovative technologies and practical features, the Focus line-up is now even more attractive thanks to the addition of a number of key changes to the line-up.
The Focus Ambiente model derivatives will get body colour exterior mirrors while the exterior styling of the Si models will be enhanced with the addition of a new sporty front bumper. The bumpers new grille is larger offering a more imposing appearance.
The Si models will also benefit from the addition of a body colour front hood trim while the fog lamp bezels have been redesigned and are now black surrounded with chrome. Other enhancements to the range include the introduction of Trend series to the 4-door line-up, replacing the 2.0 Si manual and automatic derivatives. These come standard with new 16″ alloy wheels.
Inside the Ford Focus, the emphasis is on comfort with high-quality materials and well thought-out ergonomics.
Si models will now also benefit from the addition of a new 8-speaker Sony sound system, which has Blue Tooth capability and Voice Control functionality.
The Focus range has now been realigned with the 2.0 Si 4-door and 2.0 Si A/T 4-door being deleted to make way for 2.0 Trend 4-door and 2.0 Trend A/T 4-door. There are nine models within the Ford Focus range: five 5-door derivatives and four 4-door derivatives.
Focus 1.8 Ambiente
Focus 1.8 Si
Focus 2.0 Trend
Focus 2.0 Si
Focus 2.0 Trend A/T
Focus 2.0 TDCi Si
Focus 2.0 TDCi Powershift Si
Focus 2.0 TDCi Powershift Si
1.8 Ambiente four-door and five-door
The 1.8-litre Duratec model produces 92kW @ 6000 rpm and has a torque peak of 166Nm @ 4000rpm and is mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The entry level model features good levels of standard equipment including but not limited to power assisted steering (EPAS), remote central locking, air-conditioning, ICE pack including Radio/CD/MP3 front loader with four speakers, auxiliary jack and ISOFIX child seat anchors. All models come standard with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and benefits from dual front (driver and passenger) airbags. Ambiente models also come standard with new 15″ steel wheels.
2.0 Trend four-door manual and automatic
The 2.0-litre Duratec model produces 107kW @ 6000rpm and has a maximum torque output of 185Nm @ 4500rpm and features a five-speed manual transmission, while the alternative of a four-speed automatic transmission is also available.
Features include 16” alloy wheels, Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), power adjustable mirrors, power windows all round, with one-touch up/down function for driver and passenger as well as front and rear fog lamps.
1.8 Si five-door
The 1.8-litre Si model is only available in hatch configuration and features a number of features over and above those found on the Trend model. Some of these include the 17” alloy wheels, six airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags), In Car Entertainment (ICE) Pack with radio/CD/MP3 front loader and eight speakers, Bluetooth / Voice Control activation, steering mounted audio controls, three-spoke leather steering wheel, leather covered gear knob and external temperature gauge are among a number of other standard features.
2.0 Si five-door
The five-door model is available in manual guise only and features the same spec found in the 1.8 Si model with a four-spoke leather steering wheel and cruise control as additional features.
2.0 TDCi Si four and five-door
The 2.0 TDCi derivative produces a maximum power output of 100kW @ 4000rpm and 320Nm of torque @ 2000rpm and is available with the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission (five-door only) or the innovative Ford PowerShift six-speed double clutch automatic transmission system combined with Ford’s 2.0-litre DuraTorq turbo diesel engine. *TDCi produces 340Nm of torque on ‘overboost’.
The TDCi is offered exclusively in the range topping Si trim and benefits from the addition of Traction Control (TCS) *(only on PowerShift derivatives), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) *(only on PowerShift derivatives), ICE Pack including Radio/CD/MP3 front loader with eight speakers, Blue Tooth / Voice Control activation and USB/iPod connectivity over and above the features found in other models.
“The changes we are introducing on Focus may appear minor but they offer a lot of added value for the customer. They come as a result of the feedback we received from customers and looking at current market trends. The new additions make the Focus an even more compelling choice for customers,” says Ben Pillay, Ford Marketing Manager.
All the key strengths of the Focus remain including the no-compromise approach to safety which includes the Ford Intelligent Protection System (IPS). The Focus maintains a robust list of standard active and passive safety features including its rigid, reinforced passenger cell.
To enhance the overall Focus safety package, larger exterior side mirrors improve driver’s side visibility. All new Focus series variants come fitted with a clever automatic hazard warning light activation system that warns following drivers of emergency braking manoeuvres.
ABS braking technology is available on all models while Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control (TCS) makes its debut with the PowerShift system, ensuring the driver maintains vehicle stability during all driving situations.
Among the passive safety system are driver and passenger front and side airbags (standard across the range) and inflatable side and curtain airbags for front and rear-seat occupants on all higher grade Si derivatives.
“The Focus is a highly competitive player in the medium car market offering great value for money, compelling styling and superior driving dynamics. We are introducing some minor updates to the range that will add even further appeal,” adds Pillay.
All Ford Focus models come standard with Ford’s warranty and service plan, which comprises of a four-year / 120 000km fully comprehensive manufacturer warranty, five-year Corrosion warranty and five-year / 90 000km Service Plan. Service intervals are scheduled at 20 000km for petrol and 15 000km for diesel derivatives. A Ford Protect roadside assistance plan is in place for three-years / unlimited km.