15 Feb 2019
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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
First look: Ford uncovers fourth-generation Focus
Local Ford Focus sourcing to shift from Thailand to Germany as new model debuts
Ford confirms Focus RS head case
One Focus RS owner set to return car to Ford as company works on engine fix
Ford Focus RS likely to return
Fourth-generation Ford Focus looks likely to include another RS, but not for a while
Driven: Ford farewells Focus RS with Limited Edition
Fearsome Focus RS Limited Edition marks the end of the line for Ford’s fastest hatch
Exclusive: Chinese Ford Focus not for Australia
Ford Australia to keep Focus running, but Chinese-made imports ruled out
Ford sharpens Focus RS with Limited Edition
Limited-slip diff, sticky Michelin rubber set Ford Focus RS Limited Edition apart
Ford to export Focus from China
North America to get 2019 Ford Focus from China under manufacturing base shuffle
Exclusive: Chinese Ford Focus spied testing in Australia
Ford entrusts Chinese Focus to Australian engineering team for a make-over
Mountune muscle announced for Ford Focus RS
Focus RS power pumped to 276kW with Ford-approved Mountune upgrade kit
Focus RS is Ford’s most ‘global’ car yet
Ford’s Focus RS previews the future of more globally aligned models for Australia
Driven: High hopes for sell-out Ford Focus RS
Ford predicts sustainable demand for Focus RS with up to 500 already finding buyers
Tech updates for Ford's Focus and Fiesta ST
Next-gen Sync3 and broader driver-assist tech availability for Ford small cars
Ford kicks off Focus RS production
3100 pre-orders for Ford’s Focus RS in Europe as anticipation builds Down Under
Hot price for Ford Focus RS
Ford's Focus RS dynamo to arrive next year from $50,990 plus ORCs
Frankfurt show: Ford revs up for Focus RS
Ford announces 4.7-second 0-100km/h sprint time for super hot Focus RS
Driven: Ford Focus fitter for the fight
Customer feedback, more features and sharper looks freshen up Ford Focus for 2016
Ford Focus hit with drive shaft failures
Now drive shaft breakages force Ford to call Focus back to dealers for repairs
Ford slashes Focus line-up for 2015
Ambiente, diesels dropped from Focus line-up as Ford reacts to slowing sales
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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