2018 Ford Focus debuts with 8-speed auto and 3-pot turbo

The all-new Ford Focus has been officially unveiled today, boasting never seen before safety features and new powertrain.

The first vehicle to be built on Ford’s clean-sheet C2 global platform, the new German made Ford Focus sports a sophisticated new chassis that promises an engaging and rewarding fun-to-drive experience with increased powertrain and cabin refinement.

The new Focus will have Autonomous Emergency Braking with Night-time Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection as standard across the range. It also introduces optional features previously only seen on high-end offerings, such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) now enhanced with Stop & Go for effortlessly negotiating stop- start traffic.

The Ford Focus , as well as a new quick-shifting eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

Two engines will be the core of the Focus range; an entry-level 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine and a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost. The EcoBoost 1.5-litre is a turbocharged three-cylinder that develops high torque at low rpm.

A combination of port fuel injection and direct fuel injection helps deliver high power and responsiveness alongside enhanced fuel-efficiency, with a particular increase in fuel- efficiency under light engine loads. This is further enhanced by Ford’s industry-first cylinder deactivation application for a three-cylinder powerplant.

Mated to the turbo 1.5-litre engine is a new eight-speed torque-convertor automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Scheduling (ASS) which identifies hard cornering, uphill and downhill gradients and adjusts the gearshifts accordingly.

More detailed specification will be announced closer to the Ford Focus’s Australian launch.

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