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All-New Ford Focus to offer AEB as standard

The all-new Ford Focus will arrive Down Under in November boasting autonomous emergency braking across the range with three variants to choose from initially.

PRICING AND FINAL specifications haven’t been released but the new Ford Focus will go on-sale in Australia in November boasting an impressive safety suite and improved features and driveability. If you can’t wait for our local drive impression, catch up on Paul Horrell’s drive of the new Focus at its international launch.

Speaking about the new Focus, Ford Australia President and CEO, Kay Hart said, “The all-new Focus is a clean sheet design, offering customers the latest EcoBoost technology and adds a significant amount of new convenience and driver assistance features to the range.

All-new 2018 Ford Focus Review

“From Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian detection across the range to the new B&O Play audio system on Titanium, we are confident the expanded Focus line-up will have broad customer appeal.”

The new Focus is built on Ford’s new C2 platform which it says has improved torsional rigidity by 20 percent. The new Focus will be exclusively sourced from Ford’s Germany factory. The line-up starts with the Trend, Titanium and ST-Line (pictured) which will be available in hatch and wagon. At launch, the all-new Focus will be powered by a 1.5-litre EcoBoost three-cylinder engine producing 134kW and 240Nm of torque and matched to an all-new eight-speed automatic.

Ford says the new Focus will offer an impressive array of active safety features, including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Night-time Pedestrian Detection and Cyclist Detection, and Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid as standard across the range. It also gets driver and passenger front airbags, side airbags as well as curtain airbags on all Australian models, as well as a “segment-firs” Rear wide-view camera, which offers a near-180-degree view to the rear of the vehicle for improved visibility when reversing from parking spaces or driveways.

All-new 2018 Ford Focus Review

Focus Trend hatch: Standard equipment on Focus Trend includes 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lamps, while the eight-speed torque-converter automatic with paddle shifters and e-shifter which, along with a new electronic park brake, opens more storage space for smartphones and other items. Further convenience features include automatic headlights, Follow Me Home Lighting, an electrochromatic rear-vision mirror as well as automatic windscreen wipers.

Focus ST-Line hatch and wagon: The Focus ST-Line replaces the existing Focus Sport. Focus ST-Line is distinguished by its honeycomb grille, side skirts and rear bumper capped with a chrome finished twin tail-pipe. The hatch includes an integrated boot-lid spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Focus ST-Line also comes standard with its own sports suspension tune. Inside, a unique ST-Line flat-bottom sports steering wheel features red-stitching, which extends to the gear-lever boot and ST-Line cloth trim. The ST-Line cabin also features metallic foot pedals.

Ford Focus Titanium: Differentiated via a unique front grille and body styling with 18-inch alloy wheels, the Titanium offers a new LED Lighting Package. Titanium also offers the standard Autonomous Emergency Braking, which includes Cyclist Detection as well as Night-time Pedestrian Detection, and adds BLIS with Rear Cross Traffic Alert as standard. Focus Titanium features Stop&Go Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Evasive Steer Assist and Lane-Centering as standard. Focus Titanium also delivers a step up with leather upholstery and its 675-watt 10-speaker B&O Play Premium Audio System including sub-woofer.

All-new 2018 Ford Focus Review


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Isaac Bober

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