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Today's the big day - after a lengthy teaser campaign and tons of spy photos, Ford will finally unveil the highly anticipated next generation Focus.

Two immediate plus points of the new Focus is that it looks striking and stylish from the outside while inside there is noticeably more room, particularly in the back of the hatchback, mainly due to the wide wheelbase of the auto helped by the engineers and designers pushing all four wheels further towards the outside of the car's body.

Estate cars are not as popular as they once were, so it's good to see Ford still making a practical estate variant of the Focus -. Body styles will include a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and a station wagon-although with Ford's extensive SUV lineup on our market, it's highly unlikely that the Focus wagon will make a comeback here.

The trim levels available on the new Focus, in ascending order of price, include Style, Zetec, Titanium, ST-Line, Titanium X, ST Line X and Vignale. The new Focus will reach showrooms in the autumn. Meanwhile revised versions of the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engines can be had, complete with cylinder deactivation.

The three-cylinder unit is said to produce 110kW, though peak torque is yet to be confirmed. Yesterday's models, all either hatchback or sedan, are expected to go on sale later this year.

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. So this, the all-new Ford Focus is a big deal for Ford.

The A-pillars are positioned further rearward, resulting in a longer bonnet and front fenders. There's already a Ka+ Active and Fiesta Active and now it's the turn of the Focus Active.

The estate boot space has been created to comfortable fit a dog crate, so Fido should be happy about the new Focus. It will also enable the Ford Pass smartphone app to perform a variety of useful functions such as show you where your vehicle is, check fuel levels, remote start the engine (only for the eight-speed automatic version) and remote lock or unlock the doors.

In an attempt to elevate the Focus' premium feel, Ford has added soft-touch materials to the dashboard and door trims and polished glass and brushed finishes for the door trims and air vent surrounds.

What's new about the 2018 Focus?

For a family hatch, the last-generation Focus wasn't as practical as you might think, with limited rear space and a boot size that rivals easily exceeded.

Ford's new Active Park Assist 2 now also operates gear selection, acceleration and braking to enable fully-automated manoeuvres at the push of a button and the new Focus has Ford's first head-up display (HUD) to be offered in Europe, helping drivers focus their attention on the road ahead. It will also come standard with a drive mode selector that will let the driver adjust engine and transmission response, and steering effort.

The sporty ST Line enters at £21,570 which is over £250 cheaper than the current model.

New HID headlights reside at the front end, incorporating C-shaped LED daytime-running lights and a chrome outer bezel.


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