The all-new Ford Focus range will arrive in Australia this December with the previous sedan to be replaced by a wagon that will be sold alongside the prevailing five-door hatchback.
The initial line-up has been trimmed down from a range of nine variants, with three engine choices, to just four all of which will be powered by a 1.5-litre turbo petrol bolted to an automatic transmission.
With a new kick-off price of $25,990, the most affordable version costs $2600 more than the equivalent it replaces, but now gains an eight-speed automatic as standard. Manual options have been shown the door.
Ford says the value equation is even sweeter thanks to a suite of new technology and an altogether more grown up Focus, which now gains autonomous emergency braking (AEB), an eight-inch touchscreen and active aerodynamics to name a handful of the new features.
The Trend opens proceedings and introduces the new three-cylinder turbocharged engine, which produces 134kW and 240Nm of torque, representing a small increase in power over the previous four-cylinder of the same capacity.
As for all variants, the most affordable Focus includes a more aerodynamic front bumper, underbody panels, rear spoiler and an active radiator grille, which can close off when full cooling capacity is not required. The net result is lower wind resistance and lower fuel economy.
Sixteen-inch alloy wheels and LED daytime running lights (DRLs) are standard for the Trend, the cabin gets an electric park brake, leather steering wheel and six-way adjustment for the driver.
Technology gets a decent upgrade for the 2019 version, with an eight-inch touchscreen, Ford’s latest Sync3 operating system, smartphone mirroring, voice controls, digital radio, navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot capability and Bluetooth connectivity.
A selection of new safety features complete the tech update including: AEB that can detect pedestrians and cyclists; lane-keep assistance; a reversing camera with panoramic 180-degree view; post-impact braking that applies the brakes following a collision to prevent the vehicle rolling away; and ISOFIX child seat anchors for the rear seats.
There’s no hot ST or RS successors for now, but an ST-Line now joins the Focus fold in both hatch and wagon body options. The variant is new to the Focus line-up and offers a little of the sporty nature of Ford’s full-fat ST models.
Priced from $28,990 or $30,990 for the wagon, the ST-Line adds larger 17-inch wheels, a lowered ride-height, more athletic looking ST-Line bodykit, LED fog and tail lights, tinted windows, folding door mirrors with puddle illumination and roof rails for the wagon version.
On the inside, the ST-Line lifts the cabin feel with a sportier black roof lining, alloy pedals, flat-bottom steering wheel, keyless engine start and wireless device charging. Tyre pressure monitoring also gets added to the safety kit list.
Opt for the wagon version and you’ll get a larger boot which can expand up to 1653 litres using the special Easy Fold Seats that stow without having to lean into the vehicle from the load area.
At the top of the pack, the Focus Titanium costs $34,490 and bumps the wheel size another inch again to 18, headlights go full LED, while the interior is treated to seat heating in the front row, ambient colour lighting, and a top-shelf Bang & Olufsen stereo.
The range-topper can brag the most comprehensive safety kit spread with smart adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and active braking added as standard. The more advanced cruise control system operates down to stop and start traffic, while an evasive steering feature can pilot the vehicle around a stationary car if it detects an imminent collision.
These additional safety features can be added to Trend and ST-Line variants as part of a $1200 Driver Assistance Pack.
2019 Ford Focus pricing
- Focus Trend hatch - $25,990
- Focus ST-Line Hatch - $28,990
- Focus ST-Line wagon - $30,990
- Titanium hatch - $34,990
- Driver Assistance Pack (Trend, ST-Line) - $1200
- Design Pack (ST-Line) – $1800
- Panorama Roof Pack (ST-Line, Titanium) - $2000
- Head-up display (Titanium) - $300
- Active Park Assist (Titanium) - $1000
- Premium paint - $550
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