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5 things you should know — Ford Focus

5 things you should know — Ford Focus

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Those new cars include 15 electric vehicles, Fleet has said.

And it uses technology from the older Focus RS hot hatch to make it fun and engaging to drive.

Ford will be hoping the new model can pick up the slack in the small vehicle segment, which is the highest-selling in Australia however the current Focus only has a 2.8 per cent market share.

One first for the 2019 Ford Focus is the addition of Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD), which should make it ride better. In essence, the automaker will move from individual platforms to more flexible architectures paired with modular "families".

Key to the overall cost reduction strategy will be streamlining common components such as engines, electrical systems and high-end features, such as sunroofs. Photo: Ford Motor Company.

Ford's new CoPilot360 safety suite will bow on the Focus, though specific technologies will vary by region; and FordPass Connect embedded in the auto will let passengers turn the Focus into a high-speed internet WiFi hotspot.

Active Park Assist 2, which now also operates gear selection, acceleration and braking to enable fully automated manoeuvres at the push of a button. The 2019 Focus also gets an improved lighting setup with predictive curve light and sight-based lighting.

There's lots of new tech, like the Ford CoPilot360 driver assist features, FordPass Connect WiFi connectivity, wireless charging for your phone and SYNC 3 that's accessed via an 8 inch touchscreen.

2018 Ford Focus

The "connected car" isn't just a buzzword any more, and drivers are expecting more from their dashboards than an FM radio and Bluetooth.

In Europe the new Focus will be available with speed sign recognition technology - which detects signs rather than relying exclusively on navigation data, which can become quickly out of date and does not account for road works zones - but this system is yet to be confirmed for Australia. The auto is expected to arrive in dealerships later this year, but only in Europe and China. Wonder how they pulled that off?! The parking brake is now electronic.

There are even soft knee pads on the center console for added comfort.

In "weird-things-you-might-not-notice-but-Ford-has-thought-about" news, the rear-view mirror has been specially shaped to mitigate that awful buffeting throb effect you get when you open one window at speed. Ford says considering the needs of pet owners was important during development.

The turbo diesel offerings are a 1.5-litre EcoBlue in 70kW and 88kW versions, and a 2.0-litre EcoBlue mustering 110kW.

Ford offers a wide variety of engines with Focus which starts with 1.0 L EcoBoost engine producing 84 hp, 99 hp and 123 hp, 1.5 L EcoBoost puts out 148 hp and 180 hp. A six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic are available.

Order books for the 2019 Ford Focus have opened in Europe while sales are set to commence from July this year. Ford says the new Focus comes equipped with an anti-pollution air purifier system, to get those dirty 2.5 PM particles out of the air. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.

Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan.

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