Come experience the All-New Ford Focus! The 2019 Ford Focus has been transformed in looks and style.

The new car is sleeker thanks to an elongated bonnet and lower roof height. Its front pillars have been moved further back to generate a more rearward aspect to the cabin. The wheelbase is longer and this allows larger wheels to be set in a position that improves the car’s proportions.

The new taillights are now a two piece and with the tailgate being more upright, it give the new Focus a more squat muscular look. Buyers will be able to choose a variety of styling looks. The sporty ST Line sits 10mm lower than standard, an Active crossover model approximately 30mm higher than the standard car, a premium trimmed Focus Vignale and a highly specified Titanium model which will be the most popular in Ireland. 13 exterior colours feature some new additions like orange glow, desert island blue and the Vignale-exclusive four-coat dark mulberry.

More of a calm atmosphere was created for the interior, as it is now less cluttered, with more of an emphasis on quality, using a soft touch material. The shoulder and knee room has seen an increased in space, especially in the rear, allowing for a more interior space for the passengers. Thanks for the longer side windows and a large panoramic roof, the Focus is now brighter in the back, allowing easier access.

For the first time, the Focus is now also getting a number of features such as ACC adaptive cruise control with stop and go features. The ACC system can bring the Focus to a complete stop in stop-start traffic using up to 50 per cent of the available braking force.

Other features include speed sign recognition/limiters, lane keeping assistance systems which have advanced with lane centering assistance and evasive steering assist. This segment-first technology helps drivers steer around stopped or slower vehicles to help avoid collisions. Ford has improved its auto parking feature with active park assist 2. With the automatic gearbox in neutral the driver needs to simply press and hold a button that allows the car operate gear selection, acceleration and braking to make a fully-automated parking manoeuvre. A space just 110cm longer than the car is all that is needed to use the clever function. The Focus will also help you exit a space using the park out assist function. A conventional handbrake is standard but on automatics and higher performing manual versions an electronic park brake is used.

An embedded data sim card features as part of the ‘FordPass’ option. This allows for the creation of a Wi-Fi Hotspot. If the optional Sync 3 with navigation is selected it also delivers live traffic updates. Wireless phone charging, an impressive B&O sound system and the 8 inch centre touch screen also feature.

Potholes can be detected by the new Ford and set the dampers accordingly, making them less of a problem. The system enables all systems to communicate together, so that the front wheel can warn the rear for the rear suspension to respond even faster before reaching the pothole. “The new Focus gets other aids to assist the driver such as torque steer compensation, a new stability control system tailored to support Ford driving dynamics and torque vectoring control to help the car corner better than ever.”

The new bonnet will hold a range of engines including the adanced EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel units. A 10% reduction in fuel consumption has been achieved across the range with a similar reduction in CO2 emissions. Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost will come in a range of outputs: 85PS, 100PS and 125PS. The 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine will come with 150PS or 182PS. MyKey continues which enables owners to program a key for less experienced drivers they want to lend the car to. They can set it to block incoming phone calls, limits the sound system’s volume, prevents the switching off of safety features and restrict top speed.

Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa said: “With mid-size family cars accounting for almost one-in-five sales across Europe last year, Focus remains as important as ever to our company and our customers, which is why we’ve put so much energy into developing an all-new model that is among the very best cars we’ve ever produced.”

(Extracts taken from The Irish Times, Michael Sheridan, 10th April 2018)

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