The 2019 Ford Focus has been detailed, with engine, specification and variants detailed for its November 2018 on-sale date for one of the most anticipated new small cars coming soon.
Pricing and finer specifications will have to wait until closer to then, but we can reveal that a wagon will be joining the range, with three trim levels: Trend, ST-Line and Titanium. A new eight-speed automatic is the standard, offering two more ratios than today’s six-speeder. Manual customers, it seems, will go wanting for now at least. The sole engine at launch will be a 1.5-litre Ecoboost turbo three-cylinder engine, producing 134kW and 240Nm. Interestingly, it is the same capacity as its predecessor but with one less cylinder. It features port and direct injection.
Standard across the range is Ford’s Sync 3 system, incorporating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control, electronic park brake, rotary shifter, auto wipers, climate control and auto headlights. The Trend comes standard with 16-inch alloys.
Further up the range, the ST-Line adds a bodykit, 17-inch alloys, honeycomb finish grille, sportier suspension setup, D-shaped steering wheel, alloy pedals, Qi cordless smartphone charging, dual-zone climate control and red leather stitching. Opting for the wagon will also get you cargo blind and roof racks.
As before, the flagship of the Focus range is the Titanium, which also includes LED headlamps and DRLs, auto-dipping high beam, active cornering lamps, sequential indicators, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise with stop and go, rear cross-traffic alert, leather trim and a B&O Play 10-speaker sound system.
The Focus’ new C2 chassis is 20 per cent stiffer than the outgoing model, which promises an improved driving experience, safety and ride qualities.
Pricing will be detailed closer to launch.