All-new Ford Focus revealed

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Powertrain options in the new Focus include further-optimised versions of Ford's 1.0-litre EcoBoost and new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines, both enhanced with Ford's cylinder deactivation application for three-cylinder engines.

Specs for the new model range have yet to be confirmed but will be revealed at the launch event today.

Ford claims fuel efficiency and Carbon dioxide emissions improvements of 10% across the range, thanks to a combination of improvements from engines, gearboxes and aerodynamics.

With the 2019 Ford Focus, the engineers at the automobile company have made some notable internal changes to previous models, although the exterior is still the same size as previous models. Also, the wheelbase is 53mm longer which in turn has shortened the overhangs.

The current 2018 Focus in the USA market is available in sedan and hatchback styles, with several trim options and sporty versions including the ST and RS models. The automaker also said the new Focus will be easier to get in and out of.

FORD has unveiled a small auto that can see around corners at night - even before it gets to them. The front is sportier looking with new headlights, new grille designs and lower fascia changes.

The tail lights are now two-piece, allowing for a more versatile deck-lid opening, while LED lighting provides distinctly recognisable signatures in daylight and darkness. 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.

Depending on variant, a 675 Watt ten-speaker sound system from B&O Play is available.

As our Focus is imported from Thailand rather than Europe, we don't expect the all-new Focus to be heading here anytime soon.

If you have your hands full of Fido, the hands-free tailgate will help out too. The 2019 Focus is completely revamped with more style, new engines, an improved chassis and more features, like Ford CoPilot360. The sportier ST-Line model starts at £21,570 and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a body kit and sports-tuned suspension. It will also come standard with a drive mode selector that will let the driver adjust engine and transmission response, and steering effort.

On the inside, the ST-Line wears carbon-fibre-effect trim and red-stitching distinguishes, while 10mm lower springs, unique dampers and stabiliser bars should aid in handling. Vignale models get higher-specification leather and timber trim finishes. New to the Focus is the ST-Line X model, adding 18-inch wheels, red brake calipers and more interior equipment from other high-range models.

Ford places a lot of emphasis on the new Focus' technology credentials, with majority coming in the shape of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control with stop&go (active up to a top speed of 200 km/h or 125 mph), speed sign recognition and lane centering.

The same automatic steering technology will be used for Evasive Steering Assist, which Ford says will help the Focus navigate around potential obstacles when there's the risk of a collision.

Finally, the reversing camera has been upgraded to offer almost 180-degrees of view.

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