(Motorsport-Total.com/Motor1) – That came as a surprise, if not really: Ford missed it then Fiesta Also a major facelift for the other size model. subordinate to focus It was designed to scale four years after its debut. Not bad, after all, Opel recently got his car New Astra Foot. By contrast, the Focus dispenses with plug-in hybrids or a purely electric alternative.
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2022 Ford Focus ST-Line
The new Ford Focus is available in Cool & Connect, Titanium, Active and ST-Line equipment versions, with “X” and “Vignale” upgrades still available for Titanium, Crossover Active and ST-Line. It seems obvious, to put it ironically.
Pricing starts at €22,450 for the sedan and €23,650 for the Championship (each with a 100-horsepower petrol engine, Cool & Connect Equipment Edition). Here is the previous model (on the left) and a face-lift in a sliding comparison:
As on the Fiesta, the central design element of the facelift is the modified shape of the hood. It gives the front section more height and greater presence across all versions of the equipment – an effect that the brand logo also emphasizes: the plum moves from the leading edge of the bonnet centrally to the upper radiator grille.
New LED headlights with integrated fog lamps support the vehicle’s design and provide an unmistakable luminous signature. From the titanium line onwards, it looks even more elegant with its dark background. Lines of high-end equipment are also distinguished by special LED taillights with a shaded middle section.
Each new Ford Focus line of equipment now benefits from special design elements that, according to the manufacturer, give it its own personality within the series. The most important distinguishing feature is the radiator grille. For example, the entry-level Cool & Connect has a wide radiator grille with a chrome frame and side air intakes that are directed upwards and extend from the lower radiator grille. Focus Titanium stands out with cross struts in the upper radiator grille, which has a chrome-plated hot stamping.
The visual design of the ST-Line is based on the best ST Sport and relies on the single-profile trapezoidal radiator grille with a honeycomb insert. It’s surrounded by wider side air intakes and a deeper bottom grille. There are also side sill panels and an eye-catching diffuser element.
With its sturdy crossover design, the Active demonstrates that it’s the typical alternative that likes to get its tires dirty. More massive vertical struts feature the upper radiator grille, while the lower one has a greater spatial depth. The side vents are slightly wider and thus emphasize the visual effect of the chassis while increasing the ground clearance. Dark body protective elements complete the eye-catching look.
The Vignale incorporates exclusive features and interior materials aimed at creating a distinct ambiance, particularly through satin surfaces and chrome elements. There are also specially designed light alloy wheels.
Let’s take a look at the selection of transmission replacements for the restyled Ford Focus engine. Key innovation: Focus EcoBoost Hybrid (MHEV – 48-volt light hybrid technology) is now also available with a Ford PowerShift seven-speed automatic transmission, for both power levels (with 92 kW (125 hp) and 114 kW (155 PS)) .
According to Ford, this dual-clutch transmission enables vibration-free acceleration with almost imperceptible gear changes. When there is a high demand for performance – for example when overtaking – it can downshift up to three gears simultaneously. In the “Sport” driving mode, higher engine speeds are activated for automatic response. If you wish, you can also choose individual courses manually. The ST-Line has the steering wheel paddles ready for it.
The Ford Focus EcoBoost Hybrid combines a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine with a belt-driven BISG (belt-driven integrated starter/generator) starter alternator. The BISG is used in place of a conventional alternator and converts kinetic energy, which would be uselessly dissipated as heat when braking or skating the vehicle, into electricity.
The popular one-liter three-cylinder EcoBoost drives the Ford Focus even without a mild hybrid system. Then 74 kW (100 hp) or 92 kW (125 hp). Ford is reducing the range of diesels: the 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine has a capacity of 88 kW (120 hp), while the 2.0-liter variant with 110 kW (150 hp) is no longer available previously. The remaining diesel is available with a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic transmission (converter).
The new Ford SYNC 4 connectivity system celebrates its European premiere in the Ford Mustang Mach-E battery electric vehicle. In the new Ford Focus, the Ford SYNC 4 connectivity system includes Ford Navigation with AppLink, a 13.2-inch touch screen (screen diagonal: 33 cm) and a radio section with DAB / DAB + (digital audio broadcasting).
It relies on the advantages of cloud-based navigation) and networked voice control that understands spoken commands naturally. The 13.2-inch (instead of the previous 8-inch) touchscreen in landscape format above the center console is new.
In terms of assistive technologies, the Ford Focus comes with a more comprehensive range. For example, Blind Spot Assist can now effectively influence the driver with targeted steering impulses in order to prevent a risky lane change if another road user is in a hard-to-see area behind the vehicle or is approaching. In combination with the Trailer Detection function, Blind Spot Assist extends this precaution even over the full length of the trailer when the Ford Focus is used as a towing vehicle.
Small, subtle improvements make the 1,653-liter trunk in the Ford Focus Championship even more practical. They are based on suggestions from customers and relate, for example, to a special rug on which damp and soiled things or textiles can be moved without leaving any permanent traces. Floors and sideboards are easier to clean. At the same time, the vertical storage system effectively keeps the luggage compartment tidy.
Ford was also developed by Ford Performance Focus ST Convince with a new look. Among other things, it benefits from sporty design elements, attractive alloy wheels, an exclusive green chassis color and the new Ford 14-way adjustable sport seats developed by Ford itself.
The top-of-the-range sports model is still available as a 5-door sedan and in the Kombi Tournament version – as a 2.3-liter EcoBoost petrol engine with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed automatic transmission (converter). The 140 kW (190 hp) EcoBlue turbodiesel, previously also available for sedans and championships, is no longer available.
Selling prices: from 36,500 euros (Ford Focus ST, 5-door sedan) or from 37,700 euros (Ford Focus ST, championship).
Ford Focus driving report:
Testing: Ford Focus Tournament 1.5 EcoBoost (150 PS)
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