Style, tech boosts for updated Ford Focus range

  •       Sporty styling kit for Focus four-door hatch
  •       Driving aids add Sync3 with satnav
  •       1.5  TDCi- ‘exceptional economy, hatch or sedan
  •       Improved features for Focus ST and RS
2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

PRETORIA, South Africa – Ford SA is giving the market a C-segment Focus hatch/sedan with a broader, “more advanced and alluring” range of what the automaker calls “a segment-defining array of new features”.

A Focus Trend styling pack for the four-door hatch include a body kit and a sunroof along with and updated driving assistance pack includes a Sync3 infotainment/satnav system.

Diesel fans can look at a 1.5-litre Duratorq TDCi engine (sedan and hatch) to replace the 1.6 TDCi. The Focus ST and range-topping Focus RS also get the equipment upgrades.

2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

Tracey Delate, marketing general manager for Ford sub-Sahara Africa, told The Corner in a media release: “The Focus has always been a C-segment trendsetter with its outstanding design, refinement, performance and value-for-money.

MORE VISUAL APPEAL

“We’ve raised the bar with these additions to the Trend pack and the introduction of the 1.5-litre TDCi turbodiesel is also noteworthy – though available in limited numbers. However, it expands our Focus range to 19 from the one-litre EcoBoost to the performance ST and RS.”

Here are the main changes…

The “already dynamic” Focus, Ford says, has gained more visual appeal with the styling pack on the Trend four-door hatches only.

On the Focus ST the same pack adds a colour-matched body kit, a rear spoiler and a powered tilt/slide sunroof. The ST also gets multi-spoked 17″ wheel rims and lower-profile tyres.

Normal Focus headlights have been replaced in some cases with bi-xenon high-intgensity discharge units (already on Focus ST3) that include cornering beams and distinctive diode-lit running lights; heatable power external mirrors, dual-zone auto aircon and rear tinted glass are included.

2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

Driver Assistance Pack including Sync3 with Navigation.

“The driving assistance pack for Focus sedan and hatch units,” Ford says, “has proved popular so has been upgraded with Sync3 infotainment/satnav – the satnav ujsing turn-by-turn instructions, a 3D map, colour graphics and points of interest that can handle voice commands.”

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Destinations can be entered through a one-box search by predictive typing, point-of-interest, road junction, city, postcode or GPS co-ordinates.

Five years of free map updates will be included; voice guidance can be delivered in (alphabetically) Afrikaans, Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Zulu.

SMARTPHONE INTEGRATION

The screen is said to be faster and brighter with clearer icons and the ability to read multi-touch gestures (swipe, slide, scroll, pinch-to-zoom) and operate on voice recognition.

Sync3 also has smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Licences for CarPlay and Android are being finalised.

The driving assistance pack also has hands-free perpendicular and parallel parking assistance, lane-keeping and a rearview camera.

Efficient performance from frugal 1.5 TDCi

A 1.5-litre TDCi turbodiesel debuts in the Focus to replace the 1.6 TDCi. It’s capable of 88kW/270Nm (the latter from 1750-2500rpm) and drives a six-speed manual transmission.

2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic
2017 FOCUS UPGRADE: Image: Ford SA / Quickpic

Enhanced specification for ST and RS

The performance Focus units have been improved with rear parking sensors (ST1 and ST3). The latter also gets a reversing camera)..

The ST3 and RS, if with Sync3 with Nav, also gets a 10-speaker sound system.

And what all this will cost…
Trend styling pack with sunroof – R19 984
Trend driving assistance pack with navigation – R17 089

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