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2019 Ford Focus Line-up Revealed.

Ford Australia has announced full specification and pricing details of the 2019 Ford Focus that will launch in December this year. The German-sourced Focus is one of the more accomplished hatch or wagon drives to be had, so no doubt Ford fans or those keen on this category will be having a close look.

What’s New?

The very latest safety tech is a prerequisite on any new car release these days and the Focus doesn’t disappoint. Standard across the range is AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking). The pre-collision assist technology also includes pedestrian and cyclist detection, day or night. Further adding to the arsenal is post-collision braking that helps prevent knock-on style prangs by applying the brakes after the initial collision.

Also, standard is Ford’s capable SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This is joined by an 8.0-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation and reversing camera.

To improve aerodynamics Ford has also added under body panels and even an active grille shutter with air curtain technology. The rear bumper scores extra air separation features to help the Focus carve through the air more efficiently.

New Transmission.

The Ford Focus is still powered by a three-cylinder 1.5-litre EcoBoost engine but via a new eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The unit produces 134kW / 240Nm, the latter from 1600rpm.

Variants.

The familiar Trend kicks off the range with the following features:

  • 8-speed automatic transmission with e-shifter and wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Auto stop/start

 Exterior features:

  • 5-door hatch with laser-welded body
  • All-new aerodynamic body design with 0.27 Cd
  • Active front grille
  • Aero curtain front bumper
  • Underbody aerodynamic panels
  • Integrated rear spoiler
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • LED DTRLs
  • Automatic (dusk sensing) headlights with Follow Me Home function
  • Automatic (rain-sensing) windscreen wipers

 Interior features:

  • All-new interior with increased knee, shoulder room
  • Cruise control
  • Selectable drive modes
  • Power windows with global open/close
  • Electronic park brake
  • Rotary e-shifter
  • Electrochromatic (auto-dimming) mirror
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Comfort seats
  • 6-way manual driver seat adjustment with lumbar support

 Infotainment features:

  • 8.0-inch high-resolution full-colour touchscreen
  • SYNC 3 operating system
  • Apple CarPlay2, Android Auto3 & AppLink4
  • Built-in satellite-navigation with Traffic Message Channeliii and MapCare
  • Voice Control/Voice Recognition i.e. Climate Control
  • Bluetooth
  • Google Maps, Spotify compatible
  • DAB+
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot Compatible
  • 6-speaker audio
  • Emergency Assistance

 Safety and security features:

  • Driver, front, passenger, front seat-side and side curtain airbags
  • AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Lane Keeping Aid with Lane Departure Warning
  • 180-degree full-colour high-resolution reversing camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Traction Control
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Post-impact Braking
  • MyKey
  • Adjustable speed limiter
  • Power child locks
  • ISOFIX child-seat mounting points

ST-Line

The brand-new Focus ST-Line is offered in either a 5-door hatch or wagon body. To entice buyers’ unique features onboard include a flat-bottom steering wheel, red stitching around the cabin and sports-style seating.

To visually enhance ST-Line models, 17-inch alloy wheels and a 10mm lower stance give it an aspirational RS-type appeal. The wagon can offer up to 1653 litres of storage space, highlights include:

  • Easy Fold Seats’ system
  • A two-tier floor, allowing small items to be stowed securely, and out of sight
  • T tonneau cover for privacy
  • Load compartment loops
  • Exterior roof rails

Over and above the Trend, ST-Line models include:

Exterior features:

  • ST-Line unique honeycomb active grille
  • ST-Line specific rear bumper
  • ST-Line rear spoiler
  • ST-Line unique body kit including side skirts
  • Unique 17-inch rock metallic-finish alloy wheels
  • Sports suspension with 10mm lower ride height
  • LED adaptive cornering fog lamps
  • LED taillights
  • Privacy glass
  • Chrome twin tailpipes
  • Auto folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Roof rails (ST-Line wagon only)

 Interior features:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Smart keyless entry and push-button engine start
  • Wireless conductive Qi standard smartphone charging
  • ST-Line dark roof lining
  • ST-Line flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Metallic foot pedals

ST-Line Wagon only:

  • Tonneau cover
  • Easy Fold Seats – Remote release to fold the second-row seats
  • Load compartment loops

 Safety and security features:

  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (ST-Line only)

Titanium

At top of the Focus tree sits the Titanium with added driver assist technologies. The extra cash will add:

  • Chrome grille and window detailing
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Privacy glass
  • Auto folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Interior features:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Smart keyless entry and push-button engine start
  • Wireless conductive Qi standard smartphone charging
  • 6-way power adjustable front seats with lumbar
  • Heated front seats with leather upholstery
  • B&O Play sound system with nine speakers and subwoofer
  • Variable LED colour ambient lighting

Safety and security features:

  • Blind Spot Information System with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Active Braking
  • Adaptive Cruise Control(ACC) with Stop & Go

Pricing.

The Ford Focus Trend hatch starts from $25,990. Moving up the range into ST-Line hatch begins at $28,990 for the hatch or $30,990 for the wagon. The Titanium tops out at $34,490. The Focus is backed by a five-year unlimited kilometre warranty.

Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.

He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.

Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.

Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.

2019 Ford Focus Line-up Revealed.
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