FORD has launched a range of updates to its best-selling Focus line-up, including changes to the design, engines, and equipment levels.
Available across the hatchback, estate, ST performance, and Active crossover models, the significant updates look to keep the Focus competitive against recently launched models such as the VW Golf and SEAT Leon, plus prepare for forthcoming new rivals in the shape of the next generation Vauxhall Astra and Renault Megane.
Visually, the changes bring the Focus into line with the recently revised Fiesta, with a larger grille and the Ford oval badge placed within it. New headlight and bumper designs, finish off the front end, while the rear also gets revisions to the bumpers and light clusters.
Inside, the most obvious change is to the infotainment system, now upgraded to Ford’s latest Sync 4 system, and fitted with a significantly larger screen. A 13.2-inch unit now houses just about all the controls, though Ford promises that drivers aren’t more than a touch or two from accessing any function, and that the purpose is to tidy up the centre console’s design.
Connected and compatible with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto features, the new Focus can also be used with FordPass, which sees certain information or functions available through a smartphone app.
Disappointingly, there is no electric version yet for SME fleets. Instead, the engine line-up largely remains intact, though a seven-speed automatic transmission is available with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid mild-hybrid unit – in either 125 hp or 155 hp forms – for the first time. Otherwise, a petrol 1.0-litre EcoBoost remains, as does a 1.5 litre diesel, and the ST’s 2.3-litre petrol.
Prices start from £22,465 for the new Ford Focus, and it is available to order now, which means we should soon start seeing business leasing rates appearing.