Several times during a 500-mile round-trip to Cornwall in the new Ford Focus Active, I noticed cars would often become ‘stuck’ in its blind-spot. After it happened for the sixth time, I came to the conclusion people were slowing down to get a better look.
Much has been written about the new Ford Focus ST hatchback. The thing is, it’s the estate that interests us, because as well as being fans of fast Fords, we Brits love a good wagon. And this is a very good wagon indeed.
After a week spent with the new Ford Focus ST-Line Estate, I find myself wondering if I’ve accidentally stumbled upon the sweet spot of the Focus range. That's because there doesn't appear to be any downside to opting for the wagon, and in ST-Line spec that means you have both spirited performance, excellent handling, and genuine load-lugging capability all in one package.
The new Ford Focus ST will arrive in the UK this summer, powered by a 280ps 2.3-litre turbocharged petrol or 190ps 2.0-litre diesel engine, and in a choice of five-door hatchback or estate body styles.
There’s an incredible amount of clever technology in the new Ford Focus, from the adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, to the LED headlights that pre-emptively adjust their pattern before entering a corner. Clearly, this new Ford Focus is a very different beast to the one that went before it. In fact, we'd say it's more grown up. Mature, even.
The new Ford Focus, unveiled today, will be priced from £17,930 when it goes on sale later, with first deliveries expected to arrive at dealerships in September.
Standard Ford Focus RS not fast enough for you? You're in luck, as Ford-approved tuning specialists Mountune are launching a new engine upgrade that increases power to 375PS.
You need only spend a few brief moments talking to Tyrone Johnson, Vehicle Engineering Manager for the new Focus RS, to understand just how much effort has gone into creating this latest fast Ford. To say he’s a man who knows what he wants is putting it mildly, and he certainly wasn’t willing to compromise to get it. So has all this engineering effort translated into real world performance?
The new Ford Focus RS has finally been unveiled. It is the 30th car to wear the famous RS badge, and its development is said to have included input from renowned stunt driver Ken Block.
The new Ford Focus ST range - which includes a diesel model for the first time - is on sale now, with prices starting from £22,195. Both the Ecoboost petrol and TDCI diesel models are priced identically.
The 2015 Ford Focus will be priced from £13,995 - the same as the outgoing model - when it goes on sale this November. Some models, such as the Titanium and Titanium X, will in fact cost £100 less than their predecessors.
The new 2015 Ford Focus ST made its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today. For the first time, the Focus ST will be available with a diesel engine, as well as a fire-spitting turbocharged petrol unit.