Ford has revealed the first pictures of its revised Focus, which arrives in the UK early next year.
The new model gets a redesigned front-end with LED headlights across the range, while the Titanium, Active and ST-Line versions get more differentiated styling elements, and an expanded Vignale pack adds “ultimate luxury and exclusive design features”, according to the brand.
Ford claimed that the new 13.2-inch touchscreen system is the largest in class, and it introduces Ford’s latest SYNC4 infotainment system that enables cloud-connected navigation and connected voice control with natural language understanding, according to the brand. It also allows for future over-the-air updates.
The powertrains are all carried over from the pre-facelift car, although the diesel version of the performance ST has been dropped due to the small proportion of sales. That leaves 125hp and 155hp mild hybrid petrols, regular 125hp petrol, 120hp diesel and 280hp Focus ST petrol range topper. The most efficient model is actually the 155hp petrol, with the 48V mild hybrid system taking emissions to a low of 119g/km, a single g/km but one BiK band lower than the less powerful diesel.
The only change to transmissions sees the seven-speed auto added to the 155hp petrol engine.
New technology added to the revised big-selling hatch and estate includes the availability of Blind Spot Assist, while the estate version gets a new ‘wet zone’, easy-clean carpet, side trims and vertical divider to split the loadspace.
“The Ford Focus is a success story more than 20 years in the making, and its appeal has always been grounded in delivering an attractive design and first-class driving dynamics,” said Ford of Europe general manager, passenger vehicles, Roelant de Waard. “With next-generation SYNC 4 adding Connected Navigation with the largest screen in the segment, new Focus customers will enjoy an enhanced digital experience that fits seamlessly into their lives.”
Pricing starts from £22,465 for the Trend model, with the trim levels running across Titanium, Titanium Vignale, Active, Active Vignale, ST-Line, ST-Line Vignale and the ST hot hatch. The Vignale designation has replaced the X models that previous offered additional kit over their regular counterparts.