- Ford has this week revealed the New Ford Focus, featuring a new design and fuel-efficient electrified powertrains alongside advanced connectivity and driver assistance technologies.
A new iteration of Ford’s “human-centric” design philosophy brings a more distinctive variation between the Titanium, ST-Line and Active variants. Each gains unique styling element, with an expanded Vignale pack delivering luxury and exclusive design features.
The new Focus introduces Ford’s next-generation SYNC 4 technology, enabling cloud-connected navigation and connected voice control with natural language understanding. SYNC 4 is supported by an all-new, largest in segment 13.2-inch landscape center screen, designed to make it easier to navigate a comprehensive range of driving and comfort features. The technology also allows Ford Power-Up wireless software updates to improve functionality over time.
Advanced driver assistance technologies introduced to Focus for the first time include Blind Spot Assist, 3 which monitors the driver’s blind spot for vehicles approaching from behind, and can apply counter-steering to warn the driver and discourage a lane change manoeuvre if a potential collision is detected.
Available with 125 PS and 155 PS power outputs, the new Focus’ 48-volt mild hybrid 1.0-litre EcoBoost Hybrid powertrain is offered with a six-speed manual gearbox and for the first time in this powertrain, also available with an automatic transmission.
With a WLTP fuel efficiency from 51.4 mpg and CO2 emissions from 116 g/km. The hybrid powertrain replaces the standard alternator with a belt-driven integrated starter/generator (BISG), enabling energy normally lost during braking to be recovered and stored in a dedicated lithium-ion battery pack. The BISG is also able to act as a motor, providing torque assistance to either increase the total torque available from the powertrain for more responsive in-gear acceleration, or reduce the amount of work required by the engine for improved fuel efficiency.
The new Focus also offers Ford’s 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 125 PS power output and a six-speed manual gearbox, and from 47.1 mpg fuel efficiency and 121 g/km CO2 WLTP. Features including Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing and high-pressure direct injection contribute to overall efficiency and responsive performance.
For higher mileage drivers, Ford’s 1.5-litre EcoBlue diesel engine is available with 120 PS power outputs, with fuel efficiency from 56.5 mpg and 120 g/km CO2 WLTP, offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The New Ford Focus range goes on sale soon, with deliveries schedule for early 2022.
- Ford also revealed the All-New Ford Tourneo Connect ‘multi-activity vehicle’, bringing a new level of style, space and versatility to the Tourneo brand.
Sharing many of its components with the latest Volkswagen Caddy, the new Tourneo Connect is the first product car from the Ford’s commercial vehicle tie-in with Volkswagen, which will soon produce the next-generation Amarok pick-up, based on the upcoming replacement for the Ford Ranger.
The Tourneo Connect offers seven-seat capability on both short‑wheelbase L1 and long‑wheelbase L2 models for more practicality and convenience. When not in use, the second and third seat rows can be folded, tumbled or removed to create a spacious load.
“The all-new Tourneo Connect is the first of an exciting new generation of Tourneo vehicles from Ford. Its fresh new design, seven-seat versatility and new all-wheel drive technology plus its all-important connectivity features offer a winning combination for our customers,” said Hans Schep, general manager, Ford Pro, Europe. “We’ve taken the qualities that customers value and have raised them to another level, creating a new Tourneo Connect that’s ready for any challenge – whether it’s work or play.”
The All-New Tourneo Connect will go sale in early 2022.
- Tesla have confirmed the launch of the Tesla Roadster and Cybertruck will be now pushed back to 2023.
Confirmed by founder Elon Musk at the annual Tesla shareholder meeting, issues with parts supply and the Covid pandemic are attributed to the setback.
The Roadster was originally set to be released in 2020, which was initially delayed until the now-completed gigafactory in Berlin had finished construction. The Tesla Roadster is expected to offer a 0-60mph time of 1.9sec, reach 100mph in 4.2sec and achieve a quarter-mile sprint in 8.9sec. Prices are expected to start at approximately £200,000 for the ‘Founders Editions’ limited to the first 1000 models.