Ford reveals fourth-generation, made-in-China compact — Renewed Focus

Impact bumpers did no favors to this body design

Ford has revealed the all-new global Focus lineup, including a sedan, estate/wagon, and hatchback for Europe, China and the United States market. The Focus, one of Ford's most popular vehicles of all-time from a global standpoint, has received a full redesign and will be on sale in North American in the second half of 2019 as a 2020 model.

Technologically, the new Focus will be the most advanced iteration of the model, without question.

Unveiled in five-door hatchback, wagon, and in selected markets four-door body styles, Ford's midsized family vehicle is offered in a selection of trim grades including Trend, Titanium, the sporty Focus ST-Line, the upscale Focus Vignale, and the first Focus Active crossover. Although details for the Focus in the USA haven't yet been announced, our sedans and hatchbacks will be sourced from China or Europe, depending on body style.

There's also a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost (four output levels, from 85 PS to 125 PS) and two more turbo diesels - 1.5-litre EcoBlue (95 PS to 120 PS) and 2.0-litre EcoBlue (150 PS), but we don't expect these to be coming to Malaysia.

Ford officials show off the new Focus that is part of five new midsize cars the maker plans to debut in China.

Depending on the market, the Focus will feature a fully automated parking system that controls acceleration, braking, and gear selection while pulling into a spot.

The cars unveiled in Chongqing included the all-new Focus auto for global customers, featuring the latest advanced and affordable technology with more comfort and space and a better driving dynamics.

The Ford Focus hatchback, for China. Ford will debut its new Ford Co-Pilot360 advanced driver assist features on the auto. Go for a diesel and prices start from £20,270 and £21,350. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is now capable of driving itself in stop-go urban traffic, and works at speeds of up to 200 km/h.

Inside, things are markedly different to what we're used to in the current Focus. The fourth generation Focus rides on a new chassis and suspension and has a new optional fast-shifting, 8-speed automatic transmission aimed to aid fuel efficiency and performance. Even if it's just groceries you're carrying, the hands-free liftgate system - which opens the trunk when you kick under the rear bumper - will be useful.

The 1-liter EcoBoost can be had with 85, 100 or 125 PS, while the 1.5-liter is available with 150 and 182 PS. The Zetec starts at £19,300, the ST-Line at £21,570 and the ST-Line X costs from £24,050, while the Titanium is £21,550.

Ford's Pluak Daeng plant in Thailand, which provides the current Focus range (excluding ST and RS variants), will stop producing the Focus to concentrate on the Ranger and Everest. The slump has continued into 2018, with Ford's China sales down 23% in January and February. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and an eight-speed automatic is available on select models.