15 Feb 2019
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Ford set to electrify next-gen hot hatches
Hybrid under study for next Ford Focus ST – and possibly with return of manic RS!
Focus ST ‘sharper, crisper’ than Golf GTI: Ford
New Focus ST arrives in Oz and Ford is confident it can outpoint big-ticket rivals
Ford confirms $44,690 Focus ST
Manual and auto locked in for new Ford Focus ST due in Q1 2020
Exclusive: Ford quietly now selling sub-$24,000 Focus
$23,490 Focus Ambiente slips into Ford dealers with old-tech engine, lower spec
Driven: Ford Focus sales set to lift with Active
High-riding Active hatch targets SUV buyers as Ford continues Focus range expansion
Ford unleashes 206kW/420Nm Focus ST
Automatic joins manual as Ford revs up Focus ST hot hatch due early next year
Driven: Ford refocuses with new Focus small car
Ford Focus to adopt specific focus in flatlining small-car segment next year
Ford reveals Europe-only Focus Active wagon
Australia to stick with jacked-up hatch as Ford reveals big-boot Focus Active wagon
Ford releases all-new Focus pricing
Range-wide AEB and lane-keep assist headline dearer Ford Focus due in December
Obsessive kilo culling would dilute Focus’ progress: Ford
Ford aimed for class-best handling, ride, refinement over major Focus weight loss
Lofty Dynamic goals for new Ford Focus
Ford Focus driving dynamics manager is confident all models ‘push out the envelope’
Chinese needs drove Ford Focus design direction
Common doors on sedan, hatch eliminate iconic Ford Focus six-window profile
Aussie Ford Focus designer defends ‘derivative styling’
Designer admits ‘safe’ styling for Ford Focus but says daring doesn’t work
First drive: Safe all-new Ford Focus soars
Ford has thrown everything into its VW Golf rivalling new-generation Focus
Hybrid but no full EV for Ford Focus
New Focus to go mild hybrid in 2020 as Ford keeps EV for secret new model line
Ford Focus platform to spawn multiple models
Similar to VW’s MQB set-up, Ford Focus platform will underpin passenger cars, SUVs
Why most Ford Focus models ditch IRS
Only reputation kept torsion beam from taking over completely in new Ford Focus
Ford Focus Active set to take on Subaru XV
Jacked-up Focus Active hatch, but not wagon, likely but still unconfirmed for Aus
Next Ford Focus ST may gain auto
Ford’s upcoming Golf GTI-baiting Focus ST may finally be offered with an automatic
Released: Dec 2018
15 Feb 2019
Ford launched its fourth-generation Focus small car in December 2018 with three variants – Trend hatch and ST-Line hatch and wagon.
All variants were motivated by a 1.5-litre EcoBoost turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that produced 134kW of power at 6000rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1600rpm.
An eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission with paddle-shifters was mated to all variants, with drive exclusively sent to the front wheels.
The Focus was the first model to be underpinned by Ford’s new C2 platform, ushering in a “human-centric” philosophy for its clean-sheet exterior and interior designs, as well as a 40 and 20 per cent increase in front crash load capability and torsional rigidity respectively.
The A-pillars were positioned further rearward, resulting in a longer bonnet and front fenders, while the wheelbase was 53mm longer and the overhangs were shorter. Weight was reduced by up to 88 kilograms in like-for-like variants.
Aerodynamics were honed further thanks to a sleeker, lower profile and truncated corners as well as an active grille shutter, air-curtain inlets, an optimised rear spoiler and window strakes, and additional underbody shielding.
The ST-Line added a honeycomb grille insert, a bodykit, a 10mm-lower sports suspension (including a multi-link rear axle), chrome dual exhaust tailpipes, rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels to stand out from the Trend.
Inside, the ST-Line picked up a flat-bottom steering wheel, sports seats, red stitching, a black roofliner and alloy pedals.
The wagon version also featured roof rails, a two-tier boot floor, load-compartment loops, a rear tonneau cover and remote seat release. With its split-fold second row stowed, 1653L of cargo capacity was available.
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