All-new Ford Focus unveiled

New Ford Focus 2018

The fourth-gen Ford Focus is finally out. The VW Golf was the best hatchback, Donald Trump was still hosting the American version of The Apprentice and "fake news" was merely a form of poor journalism.

The 2020 model will have an all-new suspension design and a stiffer chassis, along with a reworked steering system, in the interest of making the vehicle more fun to drive.

Ford on Tuesday took the covers off a redesigned Focus in hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles. After that you need a subscription to Vodafone to avail of it.

The Ford Focus has been one of the best-selling cars in the United Kingdom - consistently appearing in the top 10 new vehicle sales charts since its launch in 1998. The diesel engines include 1.5 L EcoBlue engine producing 94 hp and 118 hp and 2.0 EcoBlue engine puts out 148 hp of power and 370 nm of torque.

A slew of engines will be available, depending on market, including two turbocharged EcoBoost units and an available diesel powerplant; a new eight-speed automatic transmission joins the lineup.

The exterior of the global Focus has a longer hood and looks larger than the current generation, though its overall size doesn't change.

Ford has yet to release USA specifications, but it says the new model will offer more interior space for all occupants as well as additional cargo room in some body styles.

Ford Focus
The Focus has been one of Britain's most popular cars since its introduction two decades ago

Falling in line with the new Ka and Fiesta, Ford will offer sports-tuned ST-Line, luxurious Vignale and SUV-inspired Active versions alongside the Zetec and Titanium trims. It also gives the auto a sleeker, fresher look thanks to a more raked roofline as well as more chiseled body lines. The auto "has a new conceptual design philosophy created to bring together the style with great aerodynamics and a more spacious and well-built interior".

In terms of driver-assist technologies, Ford has updated its "Co-Pilot360" to now feature stop and go functionality, steering assist and speed sign recognition.

And the latest generation automatic emergency braking on the new Focus can detect cyclists and pedestrians, as well as stopped traffic. It also spawns three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. Design-wise, the new Focus marks an evolution with its new human-centric design language.

The addition of a petrol particulate filter has helped decrease carbon dioxide emission by 10 per cent, and the inclusion of idle-stop and cylinder deactivation systems has improved fuel efficiency.

The Focus line-up includes five-door hatch and estate bodystyles. It'll be able to completely park the 2019 Focus in an empty space with just one button press. "I am immensely proud of the team that has helped deliver what I believe is the best vehicle we have ever made", he added.

Ford's new sedans and hatchbacks are to hit a Chinese marketplace where consumers have been clamouring for crossover sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), which along with multi-purpose vehicles such as minivans now account for almost one half of China's demand for passenger vehicles.

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