Next Focus steals the show

Ford Focus
4 Jan, 2010 12:44pm Sam Hardy

Leak confirms Ford hatch debut at Detroit. Gets stylish looks; sits on Mondeo platform

When it comes to show-stopping unveils, the Focus is on Detroit! Rumours are gathering that Ford is preparing to reveal its third-generation Focus in saloon and hatchback form at the US expo next week.

As Auto Express closed for press over the Christmas holidays, news had leaked on to the North American International Auto Show’s own website. We brought you pictures of the whole new Focus family in Issue 1,092 (right), and the four and five-doors will get a bold face characterised by triangular lights and a stylish grille.

Don’t expect the latest Focus to be too radical, though. As a global car, it will need to have mass-market appeal. Contrary to previous reports, the car is believed to be based on a front-wheel-drive platform from the Mondeo, to ensure class-leading handling and increased space.

A new range of EcoBoost turbo petrol engines will be available. This will comprise 89bhp or 108bhp 1.0-litre units and a 170bhp 1.6. Diesel choices include a 1.6 giving 128bhp, plus a 2.0-litre with 168bhp or 197bhp.

Stop-start is expected to be standard on most cars, while Ford’s dual-clutch Powershift transmission should also help reduce emissions. In addition, the Focus will come with adaptive dampers, a lane departure warning system and traffic sign recognition. Wi-Fi is likely to be offered, too. Sales will start towards the end of this year.

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Very interesting - but as ever the worry will be how well will these cars retain value?

Not a concern perhaps while Fords were seen as being "as cheap as chips" but now they are more expensive to buy than equivalent VWs it could be a major disincentive for buyers.

Whatever, the Focus Mk 3 should be warmly welcomed as it will no doubt offer an excellent drivers' car...

as a fan of the BMW X6 (come one, there's got to be a few of us out there), i love the look of the burgundy beefer at the back of this pic.

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