2014 Ford Focus facelift revealed with a new face and technologies

Ford has unveiled the updated Focus with the bold new face of the company, along with updated cockpit-like interior, upgraded engine line-up and updated tech.

Both the five-door hatchback and a more roomier estate versions will be offered again.

The new exterior is bolder, featuring updated horizontal grille, new bumpers, new slimmer headlights, wider taillights and new bonnet, similar to the recently updated Fiesta.

Upgraded powertrain line-up includes new 1.5-litre EcoBoost petrol engine with 148bhp and 177bhp and new 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine with 94bhp and 118bhp, with fuel economy improved by as much as 19 per cent over the outgoing model.

The range starts with 1.0-litre EcoBoost producing either 99bhp or 123bhp, offering 99g/km.

The naturally aspirated 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol is offered with 84bhp, 104bhp and 123bhp versions.

For diesel fans there is also a more powerful 148bhp 2.0-litre TDCi.

The electric version with 143bhp is offered again, but no specs were released, so we assume the battery pack or anything else has not changed.

Five and six-speed manual gearboxes are standard, with automatic gearboxes optional on some of the engines with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Ford also mentioned the new ST will follow soon with similar changes, but did not mention the hot RS model, which is rumoured to get a 300bhp+ 2.3-litre turbo four also found in the new Mustang.

Ford has also redesigned the Focus centre console and we can see a cleaner-looking dashboard and a sportier-looking three spoke steering wheel.

There is also a new generation Sync 2 system, that features high-resolution colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and mobile phones.

The Focus is also the first Ford globally to offer the new hands-free Perpendicular Parking technology, which helps drivers reverse into spaces side-to-side with other cars, while Improved Active City Stop now works at speeds of up to 31mph.

Other under the skin updates include stiffer front end, revised suspension, retuned shock absorbers, Electric Power Assist Steering and new Electronic Stability Programme.

The new Focus will be built in eight plants on four continents, going strongly against its main rival, the new seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf.

The facelifted Ford Focus will debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in July.


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