Ford Motor Company released the first official images of the new generation Ford Focus in both hatchback and sedan variants. And the first impression is indeed WOW! because every single panel of the car is new and it doesn’t share a single cue with the old gen. Apparently they have designed a car from scratch.
The new Focus features a whole new face which is fine as far as car design matters, but might not appeal to the fans of original Focus and its groundbreaking styling. It now has a more conventional design, maybe a bit conservative, but still quit fine. And we think that, unlike the previous models, the sedan version actually looks better than the hatchback!
The 2011 Ford Focus, which will be sold as a 2012 model when it hits the markets in a year by now, is built on Ford’s new C-car platform upon which 10 other vehicles will be made. It has been designed and developed mostly in Europe but will reach all the major markets with a few differences in powertrains and trim levels.
“The new Ford Focus is a clear demonstration that our ONE Ford strategy is providing global consumers with great products that harness the best of Ford Motor Company,” said Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO. “The efficiencies generated by our new global C-car platform will enable us to provide Ford Focus customers with an affordable product offering quality, fuel efficiency, safety and technology beyond their expectations,” he added.
But design is not the only thing that is new about this car. Ford says that is also re-engineered completely for much better driving quality and improved fuel economy, so it’ll be a more complete package than the old generations. The new Focus comes with an all-new chassis system as well as new and upgraded engines. It will be available with Ford EcoBoost™ four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection (DI) engines – including the 1.6-liter unit in Europe and a choice of advanced and improved Duratorq TDCi common-rail diesel engines, all of which offer reductions in fuel consumption of between 10 and 20 percent compared to the outgoing models.
Also at 2010 NAIAS, an all-new 2.0-liter DI Ti-VCT gasoline engine will be introduced which has 20 more horsepower than the current 2.0 liter, while being more economical by 10 percent. It comes with the latest dry-clutch six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission, and is exclusive for the American market.
The 2011 Focus is also just as good inside the cabin, where it features an a totally new design which is swell and a range of new toys chief among which is the Ford MyTouch witchcraft system which as we’ve covered earlier is capable of doing many many amazing things!
So once again Ford is offering a truly fantastic car which is honestly without compromise. More detail on the new Focus will emerge as it goes o stage at 2010 NAIAS and we will keep you updated.