Motoring / Road Tests

Glen Hill
2 minute read
9 Feb 2016
12:19 pm

Four new Ford Focus options hit the showroom

Glen Hill

All four combine PowerShift and EcoBoost, available in Ambiente and Trend specs.

The Ford Focus range has been grown by four new derivatives – all of which feature the PowerShift six-speed dual clutch automatic transmission paired with the 1.0 EcoBoost engine for the first time.

The PowerShift and EcoBoost combination is available in both Ambiente and Trend specification levels for both the Focus five-door hatch and four-door sedan. This brings the total number of Focus models available in South Africa to 14, including the two sizzling hot Focus ST range-toppers.

The engine is equipped with Ford’s latest fuel-saving technologies including Auto-Start-Stop and the Active Grille Shutter to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions. In addition, Ford’s Smart Regenerative Charging system selectively engages the alternator and charges the battery when the vehicle is coasting and braking to recapture energy that would otherwise be lost – thus reducing engine load for less fuel usage.

The 1.0 EcoBoost delivers 92kW of power and 170Nm of torque. Matched to the PowerShift automatic transmission it is credited with a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.5 l/100 km and a CO2 emissions rating of 125 g/km.

Standard features on the Ambiente ‘entry-level’ model include remote central locking, front electric windows and mirrors, dual front and side airbags, electric power-assisted steering, a trip computer with EcoMode and temperature gauge, as well as manual air-conditioning.

On the multimedia front, the Focus boasts an audio system with six speakers, a 4.2-inch screen, Ford Sync with Bluetooth and Voice Control, as well as two USB ports, an auxiliary input and dual 12-volt power sockets.

The safety features comprise all-disc ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with Traction Control and Hill Launch Assist. Ford’s latest second-generation MyKey system is also fitted as standard for programming selected driving and in-car entertainment features.

In Trend specification, the Focus 1.0 EcoBoost gains 16-inch dual-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lamps, cruise control with speed limiter, electric windows all round, curtain airbags and power-operated child-proof rear door locks.

The Focus is also available with the 1.5 EcoBoost engine that produces maximum power of 132kW and 240Nm of torque. All 1.5 models are supplied in Trend specification, and can be purchased with either a six-speed manual transmission or the conventional six-speed automatic gearbox with SelectShift manual control.

The available Driver Assistance Pack, which is optional on the Trend model, adds Ford’s latest advanced driver assistance features. These include Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keeping Aid, Active Park Assist (with perpendicular and parallel parking), Pull-Out Assist, Active City Stop, rear-view camera, plus front and rear parking sensors.

As part of Ford Protect, all models are sold with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, four-year/80 000km service plan, three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty.

Service intervals are every 20 000km.