China-spec new Ford Focus – Motorshow Focus
Posted on: Jan 31, 2016 - 1:21pm IST
Ford Focus is China’s best-selling nameplate.
The new Ford Focus for China was showcased at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show last April, and was launched in the market on the same month. Ford’s best selling nameplate, over 2 million of which had been sold at that time, is available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback.
The body has a lower and wider stance with a bolder front fascia dominated by the chrome-finished trapezoidal grille. The slim headlamps at the front flow into the smooth side profile that is seen with a sharp shoulder line and blackened B-pillar. The posterior gains slim wraparound tail lamps and a subtle bootlid spoiler.
Ford says that the interior has been updated according to customer feedback which called for a simpler and more intuitive cabin. There are fewer buttons and switches with more storage options and increased use of sound-deadening materials for better refinement. The new Ford Focus comes with a wide range of systems that have been integrated for increased convenience and safety. These are Enhanced Active Park Assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Front Lighting, Active City Stop, Ford MyKey and Blind Spot Information System.
Infotainment requirements are met by Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system that is operated by a centrally-placed 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen. This system can be hooked up to a smartphone thereby enabling the user to modify climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system via voice commands.
In China, the car is available with three engines. These are the 1.0-liter three cylinder EcoBoost producing 123 hp / 170 Nm of torque, a 1.5-liter four cylinder EcoBoost engine capable of 181 hp / 240 Nm and finally a 1.6-liter Ti-VCT naturally-aspirated four cylinder unit generating 120 hp and a peak torque output of 152 Nm. These engines can be paired to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a PowerShift dual-clutch gearbox.