Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa has added the new 1.0 EcoBoost automatic models to its Focus range, bringing the total number of Focus models available in Mzansi to 14.
The new Ford Focus is available in Ambiente and Trend specification for hatch and sedan.
It’s sophisticated six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission ensures seamless power delivery and rapid shifts. It provides the efficiency, optimized gear ratios and driving enjoyment of a manual gearbox with the smoothness and ease-of-use of a conventional automatic.
Ford’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine won the International Engine of the Year title for an unprecedented three consecutive years, from 2012 to 2014, and won the sub-1-litre category for the past four years.
It is equipped with Ford’s latest fuel-saving technologies including Auto-Start-Stop and the Active Grille Shutter to achieve significant reductions in CO2 emissions.
In addition, Ford’s Smart Regenerative Charging system selectively engages the alternator and charges the battery when the vehicle is coasting and braking to recapture energy that would otherwise be lost – thus reducing engine load for less fuel usage.
The 1.0 EcoBoost delivers 92kW of power and 170Nm of torque. Matched to the PowerShift automatic transmission it is credited with a combined cycle fuel consumption of 5.5 l/100 km and a CO2 emissions rating of 125 g/km.
As is the case with the entire Focus range, the new models are extremely well equipped. Standard features on the Ambiente ‘entry-level’ model include remote central locking, front electric windows and mirrors, dual front and side airbags, electric power-assisted steering, a trip computer with EcoMode and temperature gauge, as well as manual air-conditioning.
On the multimedia front, the Focus boasts an audio system with six speakers, a 4.2-inch screen, Ford SYNC with Bluetooth and Voice Control, as well as two USB ports, an auxiliary input and dual 12-volt power sockets.
In Trend specification, the Focus 1.0 EcoBoost gains 16-inch dual-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lamps, cruise control with speed limiter, electric windows all round, curtain airbags and power-operated child-proof rear door locks.
The Focus is also available with the impressive 1.5 EcoBoost engine that produces maximum power of 132kW and 240Nm of torque.
All 1.5 models are supplied in Trend specification, and can be purchased with either a six-speed manual transmission or the conventional six-speed automatic gearbox with SelectShift manual control.
Pricing: R228 900 – R443 900.