Ford Focus Estate (2014–2018)
- March 2014: Revised Focus revealed
- September 2014: Revised Focus prices announced
- June 2016: Focus ST-Line launched
Revised Focus revealed
Among the changes are updated engines with improved fuel efficiency on many versions compared to the current model thanks to new powertrain options.
The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer the fuel efficient new 1.5-litre EcoBoost (150PS and 180PS) petrol engine and also will be offered equipped with the new 1.5-litre TDCi (95PS and 120PS) diesel engine. The Focus will continue to be offered with the 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine (100PS and 125PS) that last year was chosen by a third of Focus customers, and was named the 2012 and 2013 International Engine of the Year. There will also be a new version of the 99 g/km CO2 1.0-litre EcoBoost, the first non-hybrid petrol family car in Europe to offer sub-100 g/km CO2 emissions.
The 120PS 1.5-litre diesel PowerShift automatic that will be introduced next year will offer a 19 per cent improvement compared to the equivalent-powered current Focus. The new Focus equipped with the automatic transmission and 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine that also will be introduced next year will offer a 17 per cent improvement over the equivalent powered engine it will replace. A 150PS 2.0-litre TDCi diesel model will show a 14 per cent improvement when specified with a manual gearbox.
The new Focus also will be available with paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to control gear changes while keeping their hands on the steering wheel. Paddle-shift controls will be available as an option with all automatic and PowerShift transmissions, both diesel and petrol.
Ford also has improved its popular Active City Stop collision avoidance system, which pre-charges the brakes and – if the driver still does not respond – reduces engine torque and automatically applies the brakes to reduce the impact of collisions. It has been enhanced to operate at speeds of up to 50 km/h, compared to 30 km/h with the current version.
Revised Focus prices announced
Prices for the new Ford Focus, in dealerships from November 2014, will start from £13,995 - the same as today’s Focus, with top Titanium and Titanium X versions costing £100 less than the current equivalents.
The new Focus range retains a six-series line-up of Studio (from £13,995), Style (£16,795), Zetec (£18,295), Zetec S (£20,045), Titanium (£19,795) and Titanium X (£21,795).
The advanced new Ford Focus builds on its reputation for technology, which since 2011 has featured automated parallel parking, Active City Stop low-speed collision avoidance, Traffic Sign Recognition to monitor and record road signs and Blind Spot Information System, as optional equipment.
The new Focus is the first Ford to offer Perpendicular Parking, an additional hands-free parking technology to help drivers reverse into spaces alongside other vehicles. Today’s Ford Focus debuted Active Park Assist that, at the push of a button, uses ultrasonic sensors to locate parking spaces and steer the vehicle while the driver controls the accelerator and brake. The addition of new sensors to the rear enables Perpendicular Parking to operate in the same way.
Focus ST-Line launched
Gets a honeycomb design for the trapezoidal front grille, fog lamps with dark surrounds and a rear diffuser element along with a large rear roof spoiler.
Other styling extras include a black beltline beneath the windows, deep side-skirts and ST-Line exterior badging on the front wings plus unique 17-inch in alloy wheels in Rock Metallic Grey. Inside there are sport seats with red stitching and a perforated leather ST-style steering wheel with grey stitching along with an ST-style gear knob, a dark woven headliner and ST-Line scuff plates
The Focus ST-Line comes with the 125PS 1.0-litre EcoBoost delivering from 108g/km CO2 and 60.1mpg or there's the 150PS and 182PS versions of the 1.5-litre EcoBoost delivering from 127g/km CO 2 and 51.4mpg.
Ford’s 1.5-litre TDCi diesel produces 120PS delivering 99g/km CO 2 and 74.3mpg, or 2.0-litre TDCi with 150PS delivering from 105g/km CO 2 and 70.6mpg are available on the Focus ST-Line with six-speed manual and six-speed PowerShift automatic transmissions. The Focus ST-Line will also feature steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters when an automatic transmission is specified.