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All-new five-door hatchback will cost from £15,995 when it reaches UK showrooms from March 2011

Ford’s new Focus will cost from just under £16,000 when it goes on sale next March, the firm has revealed.

The base version of the five-door Focus, the Edge, will cost from £15,995 for a 1.6-litre, 104bhp petrol variant, and £16,995 for the 1.6 TDCi in 94bhp guise. Those prices include VAT at 20 per cent, although in real terms the base model gets a price increase of around £500 over the current car.

Ford has also confirmed the car’s standard equipment list. All models will come with Ford’s Torque Vectoring technology, plus a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, front, side and curtain airbags, voice control, ESP, ABS and Isofix.

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The next trim level up from Edge will be Zetec, which costs £1000 more and adds 16in alloy wheels, a heated windscreen and door mirrors, leather steering wheel, front fog lights and sports seats.

The Titanium edition starts at £18,745 for a 1.6-litre petrol in 123bhp trim. Its additional spec includes keyless start, dual-zone climate control, hill start assist, automatic wipers and headlights, cruise control and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The range-topping Titanium X starts at £21,245 for a 1.6-litre, 148bhp Ecoboost-engined variant. Its standard equipment list adds partial leather trim, 17in alloy wheels, parking sensors, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, headlight washers, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat and electric folding mirrors.

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The options list will offer a lane departure warning system and a blind spot monitor. A Sony-based navigation system will also include a rear-view camera.

The engine line-up will comprise the 1.6-litre engines, producing 104bhp, 123bhp and 148bhp, and 1.6 and 2.0 diesels with 94bhp, 113bhp, 138bhp and 161bhp. The 2.0 oil-burners are also available with Ford’s dual-clutch gearbox, while the smaller diesels get stop-start as standard.

The five-door Focus will go on sale in March, and the estate variant is likely to arrive in September. Ford stated recently that it has no plans to introduce a three-door version. An Econetic will follow later in 2011.

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lucasworldcars 20 December 2010


Yes worried. The reason is that Ford have gone conservative. BMW did that with the 1-series, but that sold well due to its rear-wheeled drive chassis. The Ford does not have this result. It looks bland, unnoticed. That is a worry for any car company. The Mazda 3 has the same problem but it has the reliability to keep it on top. Previous speculation said that the rear looks like the old Kia Rio. A Kia Rio? If Ford came to Europe and heard those words, they would have changed the styling all together. As a matter of fact, why did they choose a design that would not stand out? It raises the question, will Ford ever recover from the economic downturn? With a car that looks like this, I couldn't tell you. Its lost its vibe, its sense of humour. The current Focus rear end defined how cars were styled when it first was released in 1998. The Fiat Punto rear end showed this look first, but it was the Focus that defined rear end car design with all everyday car manufacturers adopting the same look. The current Focus is an icon. A modern icon. Its stands out. A shame that Ford didn't see this coming. It even has residual values higher than the equivalent Mondeo. But take the Mondeo. They hit this on the button. The previous car was not a looker but the current car can compete with BMW's in terms of quality, style, space and handling. £15,995 for a base model is high, even if the VAT is 20%! I'm sad because as a owner of the current Focus, I will always want versions in the current Focus range and never of the new Focus. Ford relies on previous owners who want to upgrade their Focus to the newer model. I'm just sad to say, they have lost a faithful follower of the Ford icon. I will continue to get the latest versions of the current Focus, but then thats it.

bomb 16 December 2010

Re: New Ford Focus from £15,995

Geetee40 wrote:
a five-door Volkswagen Golf Twist with a 102bhp 1.2TSI engine costs £600 more at £16,595.

Car have this mixed up a little if this is what they're saying. The Golf S costs £16,595 with the 1.2 105PS engine. The Golf Twist is only available with the old 1.4 80PS engine and costs £13,780 for a 5-dr

As for this Focus, I really don't like its looks. Supposedly the interior is better quality than ever and, it needed to be, but it does look a little confused.

The entry-level Edge spec is also much improved over the previous Style with things like standard DAB, Bluetooth, voice control, USB etc and goes some way to justifying the price, I guess.

supermanuel 16 December 2010

Re: New Ford Focus from £15,995

roverfan1984 wrote:
VW produce timeless classy designs that look current for much longer. Look at the last shape Fiesta vs the last shape Polo as an example. Both came out in 2002, a 2002 Polo would still look classy on anyones driveway