Ford launches redesigned Focus with fuel consumption reduction

REDESIGNED: The new focus is inspired on the Mondeo and Fiesta models.

FORD unveiled its redesigned Focus at the Geneva Motor Show.

The new Focus, which debuted in Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress, is expected to go on sale from the second half of 2014.

The design of the new Focus is based on the language carried through the new Mondeo and Fiesta.

The car has a lower, wider stance, with a new bonnet, front fascia and grille.

Slimmer front headlamps and more rectangular, elongated fog-lamps add to the front end.

The rear of the car also is sleeker with a new fascia and tailgate arrangement, as well as thinner tail lamps.

The new Focus interior aims at responding to consumer feedback, the manufacturer claims.

It stands out with a more intuitive layout achieved thanks to a steering wheel and central stack with fewer controls and switches.

The new black satin trim and chrome detailing contribute to a more logical and intuitive functions, Ford said.

Drivers will enjoy a quieter ride, achieved by thicker carpets, thicker side window glass, and improved engine bay insulation.

The new Focus offers significantly improved fuel efficiency on many versions compared to the current model thanks to new engine options.

According to the manufacturer, the diesel model will offer a 19 per cent reduction in fuel consumption, while the petrol model will offer a 17 per cent improvement.

The new Focus will be the first vehicle in Europe to offer the new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine, and also will be offered equipped with the new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine.

The redesigned car will also be available with paddle-shift controls that enable drivers to control gear changes while keeping their hands on the steering wheel.

Paddle-shift controls will be available as an option with all automatic and PowerShift transmissions, both diesel and petrol.

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